Forest Management in Paraiso Carlisa Rescue Center


Trees as living beings fulfill various tasks in the ecosystems, them being a natural surrounding for many flowers and fauna species, the oxygen production, carbon fixation present in the air, the production of food for other species, regulation of the water cycle, etc... All these make the role of trees in nature systems to be extremely important. On Paraiso Carlisa we have been spending years carrying out reforestation on our 110 acres estate with native species of the region and a few naturalized ones by way of projects with Costa Rican institutions (ICE, National Park La Cangreja ) schools in the area NGOs etc...

Over 30.000 trees have been planted recovering very degraded pastures and very little diversity, thereby fostering a secondary forest succession development.

The vast majority of species serve to fulfill multiple objectives like the following:

Accumulating efficient biomass and hence the accumulation of an atmospheric CO2 to alleviate problems associated with the greenhouse effect and global climate change.There are dense root systems to protect water resources and reduce soil erosion problems or sedimentation problems of reservoirs.There are colorful attractive species, bearing small taproot and wildlife attractive functions for beauty.There are trees with abundant production of fruits or seeds for feeding wildlife.Rare endangered species.

Last species that have been donated by public employees from ICE, MINAET SINAC:

Mountain almond tree (Andira inermis) Cana fistula – Golden shower tree (Cassia Fistula)Mahogany tree( Swietenia humilis)Carao Tree- Coral shower (Cassia Grandis)Cenizaro- Rain tree (Samanea saman)Rubber tree( ficus spp)Wild tobacco tree (Acnistus arborescens)The ear pod tree(Enterolobium ciclocarpum)Fern tree (Schizolobium parahyba)Jacaranda( Jacaranda copaia)Para rubber tree (Hebea brasiliensis)Orchid tree (Bauhinia ungulata)Pink trumpet tree(Tabebuia impetiginosa)


The estate where the ecological reserve Paraiso Carlisa is located is characterized in parts by presenting a mosaic landscape with a presence of areas with primary forest streams, a secondary forest in different stages of succession following the abandonment of traditional farming, different reforestation carried out and the evolution of the plant community over time. Several areas of pastures exist for the importance of ranching (livestock)

which have remained until today. These mentioned zones have grass made up of pinto peanut (Arachis pintoi) and herbs from the genus Brachiaria (Signalgrass) originally from the African and Mediterranean regions, of a great invading power and when well underway, impede the development of the secondary forest to get to its original climax condition. As a removal method, the signalgrass in the Ecological reserve of Paraiso Carlisa is used in feeding the native cattle of the region using their teeth cutting , cleaning the major part of the pasture and in that way allowing tree growth.

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