How the Rios Tropicales Reforestation Program Began
In 1989, Rios Tropicales purchased 90 acres along the Pacuare River near a small subsistence farming community. Rios bought the land from local community member Anibal Obando, whose large family had cut down significant tracts of rainforest to create farmland. We then turned around and hired the same Obando family to reforest most of their deforested former subsistence farm and grazing land, in alignment with our mission to collaborate with local community and to educate them, not just our guests, about the importance of environmental protection and reforestation. That year we planted over five hundred trees as part of our reforestation program. We used all local species of seeds that had been previously collected on the same land. Our reforestation efforts have continued since 1989 on our expanded reserve property, purchased slowly over the years using company earnings. Reforestation projects have been a combined effort of seedlings purchases through funds from Rios Tropicales operations and outside donations. Volunteer participants in tree-planting have included local communities, Rios staff, Costa Rica guests, and international guests.