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New Management Plan

Women´s Recycling Project

Spider Monkeys Are Coming Back!

Was missing, BUT NOW FOUND - Frog


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In 2004, the TSC began to update its management and operational plan for the Preserve, which dated back to 1985, with some revisions in 1992. An update is always a good thing when it comes to management, and this one is supposed to reflect new perspectives on management methods, and greater ownership of the process by Preserve staff. New views on management also encourage greater concern for the communities surrounding the protected area.

An issue of growing importance that catapulted the new management plan to the foreground is that of visitors. In 2004, 77,000 persons visited the Preserve, creating concern about overuse, safety and impact on the biodiversity of the forests. Equally serious is the impact of growing numbers of people present in the communities of Monteverde, Cerro Plano and Santa Elena.

The new plan will include strong and permanent monitoring of biodiversity, environmental protection measures, environmental education, and training for staff on modern management technology. Studies for the management plan were directed by biologist and visitation specialist Fernando Bermudez with the collaboration of TSC specialists Juan Jose Castro, Moises Leon, Leon González, Humberto Jiménez., Carlos Hernández (Current Director of the Monteverde Preserve) and others.
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WOMEN´S RECYCLING PROJECT (The Quetzal, Feb. 2005)

The Women´s Association most closely linked to a successful recycling initiative is probably the one in San Luis, a neighbouring community to Monteverde Preserve. The group´s first efforts where directed at creating crafts from bamboo cane, such as bamboo paper, but due to difficulties growing the cane in their area, they soon found themselves bankrupt. Nevertheless, with the same enthusiasm that characterized their unsustainable project, they assumed the idea of producing paper from recycled paper waste. The raw material was available in nearby Monteverde and the TSC was willing to support the new idea, as a complement to an already existing solid-waste recycling program. Thus, with technical aid from TSC, the women of San Luis were awarded a donation by the United Nations Small Grants Program in 2003, and today they produce different paper items that are exhibited in stores throughout the region and in tourism fairs. Presently, they work hard to improve the quality of their products and widen their commercial outlets.
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An Interview with Wilford Guindon

Over 50 years ago, when a group of Quakers moved to the Monteverde area, they were told that Spider Monkeys were good to eat. Wilford Guindom even remembers seeing Spider Monkeys near a cliff edge by his property. One used to find these monkeys up here on the Pacific side and down on the way to the Peñas Blancas shelter. However, because of illegal hunting, they have become extremely rare in the Monteverde area. For decades the Spider Monkeys were rarely found on the Caribbean side and not even seen on the Pacific side of the Monteverde area.

In 1972, the Tropical Science Center, a Costa Rican non-profit organization, accepted a proposal to manage the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve. During this time the TSC has ensured that the Monteverde Preserve continues to exist. This persistence has enabled the Preserve to become a vital site for the survival of several species’ including spider monkeys. After so many years, Wilford is very happy to announce that he just saw a troop of spider monkeys on the Pacific side of his property, near that same cliff edge! - This is great news for everyone here at the Preserve as it shows one of many positive results of the support so many environmentally concerned individuals, like the support received from all of You, Friends of the Monteverde Cloud Forest! We hope that You continue to contribute to our funds to ensure that every endangered species in our rare and unique paradise in the clouds will be protected so that they can also be appreciated by generations to come.
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Was missing, BUT NOW FOUND! - Frog

Most of our visitors are aware of the fact that we lost the Golden Toad somewhere around 1989-1990. But, few people know that we also lost about 24 other amphibian species between 1987 and 1988. According to our records, there were once 54 species of amphibians in the Monteverde Area. So, in other words we lost almost half of the species of amphibians once found in this area. Nevertheless, last year, Mark Wainright, one of our guides and an amphibian expert, saw one of these missing frogs. After reporting his discovery, he went back into the forest to look for evidence and came back out with tadpoles. With this evidence he was able to prove that he had found “rana vibicaria” one of the frogs lost since 1987-1988. By joining Friends of Monteverde Cloud Forest today, you may help prevent future losses of the remaining amphibian species. We give thanks to everyone of our members whose combined efforts have accomplished such apparently small but significant accomplishment. Nevertheless nature continues to need our support. We must find a way to purchase the remaining patches of forest to finish the Monteverde-Nicoya Biological Corridor and thus protect the habitats of our endangered frogs and other species.
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Friends of Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve, P.O. Box 1964 Cleveland Ohio, 44106-0164 U.S.A.