By the A.M. Costa Rica staff
Kids Saving the Rainforest is looking to raise its goals to include a reforestation project that will include at least 94,000 trees, according to a statement issued by the group. This will all come together during its Earth Day Tree Planting Challenge Saturday.
The goal is being led to fruition thanks to a donation of around 117 hectares, or about 289 acres, of land that the donor owned as a teak farm before it was harvested back in April 2016, according to the group’s co-founder Janine Licare. The property will be used not only for reforestation, but also to release some rescued wildlife on it, according to the organization.
To help the wildlife, consisting of some squirrel and white-faced monkeys as well as three-toed sloths, the group plans to plant a mix of native as well as fruit trees, said Jennifer Rice, the group president. Some of these native trees are also in danger of extinction, Ms. Licare noted.
“The money will be used for this project, which was taken on the knowledge that it had to be financially sustainable,” Ms. Rice said. “We will plant as many trees that we get donations for. The rest of the reforestation will be natural growth.”
“Once we finish this part of the project we will build a biologist station and eco-cabins for researchers, biologists, students, and anyone interested,” Ms. Licare said when discussing the project’s development goals.
“The first few hectares of the property are being saved for this as there is electric, water, and cell phone coverage there, not to mention an ocean view. It is not on the ocean. It is in the mountains, but it does have a view!"
The Kids Saving the Rainforest staff