$20,000 Matching Grant Announced

Dear Friends,

Metalmark butterflyImagine standing at the highest point of the Children’s Eternal Rainforest in Costa Rica and witnessing one of nature’s most breathtaking and elegant spectacles as butterflies paint the sky with a splendid palette of colors during their annual mass migration from the Pacific to the Atlantic side of the mountains.

This timeless movement of wildlife remains possible today because conservationists like you have supported the protection of the rainforest habitat that provides the necessary windbreak and shelter to these delicate, migrating creatures.

Will you join in helping MCLUS protect this precious resource? One of you has already made a $20,000 matching gift, so every dollar that you give provides $2.00 to the rainforest. Donating today will double the positive impact of your gift!

And, if your corporation offers a matching gift program, your donation can make an even greater impact. Please click on the “Donate Now” button if you would like to make an on-line donation. Or, if you would prefer sending a check, please use the address at the bottom of this letter.

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The Children’s Eternal Rainforest is home to over 700 species of butterflies—an astonishing 3.5% of all those found on the planet—and their continued survival is dependent on the presence of this critical rainforest habitat. Recognizing the urgent need to protect this region and these creatures, Dwight and Rachel Crandell created the Monteverde Conservation League U.S. (MCLUS) nine years ago and we continue to honor their legacy and vision by working to preserve and protect the forest.

But we cannot do it without you! MCLUS urgently needs your care, your protection, and your funding to remain a force for good in the ecological fight to preserve the earth’s rainforests and its spectacular diversity of inhabitants.

Contributions make an enormous difference and MCLUS has accomplished so much this year.

Chestnut-mandibled Toucan

We contributed $67,450 to the purchase of the “Pipe Cruz” land—helping to protect 250 acres of endangered Bell-bird habitat. We paid $26,000 towards the salaries of two guards (one third of the forest’s greatly understaffed protection force) necessary to prevent poaching and habitat destruction. And we contributed $6,510 to the endowment fund that permanently protects the forest. You’ve also helped us work on finding ways to use carbon credits to reforest adjacent areas and increase ecological awareness by leading four successful eco-trips to the forest in 2011.

The Children’s Eternal Rainforest preserves tropical biodiversity, protects a watershed that benefits wildlife and hundreds of downstream communities, and helps to clean and renew the air that we all breathe. But the threats are great, our guards are few, and we must continually work to protect against increased poaching and habitat loss in adjacent areas. For that we need funding from you. We receive no state or federal funds and rely 100 percent on your private contributions.

To help us build a base of operational funding, one of our supporters has stepped forward and will match the first $20,000 we are able to raise by December 31. Each dollar you are able to give will be matched 1:1. MCLUS needs your gift now to preserve this rainforest resource for the future. Can you help us: 1) pay for a wildlife guard’s salary ($15,000 per year); 2) fund an environmental educator ($20,000 per year); and 3) buy crucial habitat like the Pipe Cruz land you helped to save?

Please give a gift today! 100% of MCLUS’ 14 board members support the Children’s Eternal Rainforest by volunteering their time and money. They ask you to join them in protecting the rainforest and the Crandells’ legacy.

Your partner for the forest,

Signed, Laurie Waller

Laurie Waller, President
Monteverde Conservation League U. S., Inc.

P.S. We have much more to share with you! Please see our website, www.mclus.org for more information about our upcoming trips and MCL’s wish list. You’ll also find messages from two of the greatest planetary biologists of our time, Dr. Peter Raven and Dr. Thomas E. Lovejoy – both MCLUS board members.

Rainforest plants and animals

Photos Credits: Maggie Eisenberger and Dr. Julia Matamoros

Monteverde Conservation League US, Inc.
242 Old Sulphur Spring Road
Manchester, MO 63021

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