2011 – Thank You, Look What You’ve Done

This past week Grupo MPD S.A. (Manejo Profesional de Desechos S.A.) was responsible for paying the planting team for this second stage of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project. They gave all of their clients, more than 250, certificates of a tree/trees planted in their honor within the Rio Sol project. Thanks to Adrian Castro, CEO of Grupo MPD, who had this great idea, and all of MPD’s clients throughout Costa Rica.

November 28th work began on the second phase of the Rio Sol Biological Corridor. The first week the ten man planting team hauled the 21,000 trees out of the various Maleku nurseries and put them along the road, next to the Methodist Church in Palenque Tonjibe.

maikol filling box 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Maikol filling boxes to carry out of the nursery

hauling boxes 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Carrying boxes by hand on shoulders, no complaints

irma and charlyn 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Irma and Charlyn Acosta Elizondo, helping to haul trees 

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Central storage of trees at the Methodist Church in Palenque Tonjibe

Felipa Alvarez and Edwin Elizondo’s nurseries were on the road to Viento Fresco where 17,000 of the trees would be planted.

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Maikol Miranda with his oxcart

Felipa’s nursery was ½ kilometer from the main road so with the help of oxen the team spent the first day bringing her trees down to the road.

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The John Deere tractor and trailer

Jimmy Acosta E., LRFF’s field director, hired a tractor with a large trailer for hauling the trees from Palenque Tonjibe, as well as trees from Margarita, approximately 4 kilometers up to the planting site at Marvin Castro’s farm. Here is where the fun begins……

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The team riding the tractor to Marvin Castro’s farm

The eleven man crew would load the trailer with about 1500 trees, climb on where they could and ride with the trees up to the farm. On the way up, every trip, one resident ran out of his house yelling and making obscene gestures at everyone. Once at the farm the tractor would slosh through the mucky entrance road carrying each load to the area where the baby trees were to be planted.

On Monday, December 5th Dan had a serious eye infection. The doctor ordered him to rest and not drive for a week. Yours truly, RWS, set out early Tuesday to spend the week planting with the crew.

team monday 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

The heroes, Jose, Fabian, Maikol, Deibys, Jimmy, Allan, Chico, Stephen, Chabo and Ivar (Pinky)

Tuesday morning it was 5:00 am to catch the taxi/truck that delivers the team to the project every morning and retrieves us in the afternoon. We dug holes, distributed trees and planted on a rainless day. By afternoon Jimmy, Chico, Deibys, Estefan and Ivar met the tractor to finish hauling the remaining trees. Two trips brought the rest of the trees up, we finished at 5:00 pm.

loading trailer 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Unloading the trees at the farm

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Allan Hernandez M. and Irma Acosta Elizondo, the volunteer

Thursday, Irma Acosta E., Jimmy’s sister, volunteered. It was great to have another girl on the planting team. She and I planted trees behind the hole-diggers.

deibys and chabo 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Deibys and Chabo amongst the trees 

stephen and pinky 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Pinky with Stephen Mojica acting as an antenna

We get a rhythm going and it’s like a machine. Here’s the routine:

  1. Get the trees to the area to be planted
  2. Dig the holes (the smaller the better)
  3. Distribute trees to the holes or spot for planting
  4. Plant the trees (Jimmy had a great idea about using scissors to cut open the nursery bags and they work amazingly well, not disturbing the tender roots)
  5. Collect all of the empty, plastic nursery bags

walking to mojicas 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Walking back to Mojicas

When we quit at midday on Friday we had only one large pasture left to plant. The taxi didn’t show so we walked to Franklin Mojica’s house, our central meeting place each day, for planting up at Marvin’s. In less than four days this amazing team planted more than 8,000 trees.

me and team 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

The team and me, what an honor to be in the field with them

Daniel went back to work this week and a HUGE thank you to Grupo MPD S.A. in Costa Rica. Because of their generous gift of trees to all of their clients the team had the funding to work this week. Thank you so much don Adrian!

the wave 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

The now famous planting wave

The team will finish planting 17,000 trees at Marvin’s this week December 19th, just in time for Winter Solstice. They will follow the planting by doing maintenance on the trees in the first stage of the project, planted last June. The maintenance is urgent to free the, as yet, small trees from the vines and grasses so they can thrive. After the holiday we will plant the remaining 4000 trees on the other three participating properties in the Rio Sol Biological Corridor project. Speaking of holidays, it’s still not too late to donate to this project, so badly in need of funding, with a Tribute Card in honor of a loved one. Check this link at Global Giving and help us win a bonus as well……… http://www.globalgiving.org/projects/rio-sol-bio-corridor-maleku-reserve-costa-rica/?show=gift

baby 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Baby tree after being planted the previous day

It’s amazing how well the transplanted trees do in this project. They are planted one day and the next day, when we pass by the same area, very few show signs of shock.

That’s the latest, greatest news from LRFF’s Rio Sol Biological Corridor. Wish we could share the fun and great pride we all have doing this work.

iguana 2011   Thank You, Look What Youve Done

Iguana in waiting

Plant it and they will come! That’s what we say at LRFF and this little iguana can’t wait for us to finish. He came for a visit on Maikol’s shirt. HA!


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