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The Chirripo Cloudbridge Project in Costa Rica

The Chirripó Cloudbridge Reserve is a private nature reserve in Costa Rica. It was created to preserve and reforest an important gap in the cloud forest adjoining the Chirripó Pacifico river on the slopes of Mt. Chirripó, the highest mountain in Costa Rica.
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119 West 82nd St
New York , NY 10024
Contact Person: Ian Giddy
Phone: 1-212-362-9391
E-Mail: ian@cloudbridge.org
Website: http://cloudbridge.org

Detailed Information:
The reserve has three purposes. The first is to help rebuild a part of the tropical cloud forest, bridging a gap between two mountainside forests. As well as protecting the existing forest and allowing natural regrowth, we are planting a mix of native trees, thousands of them, to turn pasture back into forest.

The second purpose is to demonstrate that reforestation can improve lives and sustain livelihoods. A small part of the reserve is dedicated to "sustainable forestation," which means creating a forest that will have permanent value. This will create employment for the local community in a way that promotes the natural ecology. Mixed stands of indigenous trees will be cared for and selectively harvested as each type reaches maturity, ensuring continuity of the forest canopy.

The third purpose is to create a place where people can come, to hike and enjoy the waterfalls, mountain and forest, and perhaps contribute their efforts to the reforestation project.

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