What we do

Trees for Life Project, partner with local not for profit organizations in the Southern Pacific Coast of Costa Rica to implement a sustainable model of reforestation and plant over 100 native species of rainforest trees, protecting the animals and preserving our natural environments. We do not grow in masses with very high mortality rate, we care for our trees! The model reaches the core roots of sustainability and community growth. The process starts with the seeds...

Seeds – are collected year round by hand and sprouted in tree nurseries producing over 100 different native species of diverse rainforest trees. Our tropical trees range from fruit trees, to hardwoods, rare species, flowering trees, and medicinal trees.

Young Trees – are planted on degraded farmland owned by local farmers. The sites are strategically designed in a natural forest matrix, planting 50 different species at each location, ensuring a diverse polyculture food and medicinal forest. Conventional monoculture forestry does not compare to biodiverse polyculture farming.

Volunteer Teams – assists in the day to day tasks. This can range from collecting seeds, working in the nursery, planting trees and attending workshops to learn about the project. Click here to learn about our volunteer program

Paid Crews – maintain the young rainforest trees for four years. There are at least three supervised visits each year for maintenance and cleaning.

Local workers transport saplings to the hillside and cattle farms and prepare the soil for planting. Once the soil is ready each tree begins its journey with the first four years of care. But there is so much more.. 

Each reforestation project is a 25 year cycle. Young trees are maintained by paid crews for the first four years. Once trees have grown above the surrounding vegetation, they are turned over to the participating farming family with ongoing maintenance support by TFLP. The family receives instructions and support for the next 21 years until the forest reaches maturity and robust carbon sequestration. This process of collaboration ensures strong growth rates and accountability for trees while providing food and income for families. The strategically designed forests also provide food and homes for animals, protect rivers and water sources, control erosion, amend soils with nutrients, produce medicine, and rare hardwood and softwood lumber.

Local Farmers – in places of practices that destroy trees are paid to plant trees and educated how to manage and benefit from their natural resources. Tree species selection is key to success. Resilient, native trees that provide sustainable resources. 

Sustainable forest management grows a food forest with endless resources such as fruits, medicines, and lumber. Local workers are employed. Farmers are given an alternative to the debt cycle of cattle farming, creating sustainable income for the family. A vibrant ecosystem is grown to prevent loss of biodiversity. One ton of carbon sequestration and storage is achieved per tree.

The latest statistics show that rainforest land converted to cattle operations yields the landowner $60 per acre and if timber is harvested, the land is worth $400 per acre. However, if these renewable and sustainable resources (nuts, fruits, medicines and essential oils) are harvested, the land will yield the land owner $2,400 per acre.

If managed properly, the rainforest can provide the world's need for these natural resources on a perpetual basis. Promoting the use of these sustainable and renewable sources does stop the destruction of the rainforests. By creating a new source of income harvesting the medicinal plants, fruits and nuts, oil and other sustainable resources, the rainforests are more valuable alive than cut and burned to grow more and more monocultures and cows.

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Sufficient demand of sustainable and ecologically harvested rainforest products is also necessary for preservation efforts to succeed. Purchasing sustainable rainforest products can also effect positive change by creating a market for these products while supporting the native people's economy. This provides the economic solution and alternative to cutting the forest just for the value of its timber.

All of this happens when you chose to Plant a Tree with us! 

Long Term – Costa Rican families become leaders in reforestation, receivinginstructions on sustainable forestry and get 21 additional years of support.

1 Biodiverse tropical tree x 25 years = 1 Ton of Carbon Dioxide

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Environment – Creates biological corridors with food and homes for animals and birds – Protects water sources and rivers – Controls erosion – Enriches soil with nitrogen and other minerals – Purifies air – Increases water recycling and humidity control – produces oxygen

Society – Fair pay per hour of work equals empowerment – stops deforestation through alternative income development – Medicine production – Sustainability and Reforestation Education – Organic farming practices free of chemicals – Local participation – Resilient region and planet

Economy – Long term tree nursery, planting and maintenance jobs – Production of fruits, nuts and value added forest products for local farmers markets – Groups prepares fertile compost soil for sale to tree nurseries and public – Development of community owned eco volunteer projects.

If you plant a tree, you are making a statement that you care for the world, the people, and the life on the planet, beyond yourself.
- Sadhguru

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