History of the Region’s Forests

For thousands of years, the area surrounding Bahia Salinas was covered by dry tropical forest, with tree species appropriately known as precious woods, such as the guayacán real (Guaiacum sanctum), cocobolo (Dalbergia retusa), ron-rón (Astronium graveolens), caoba (Swietenia macrophylla), the cedro (cedar, Cedrela odorata), guapinol (Hymenaea courbaril), and many more that were exploited locally and exported across the world.

By the mid-20th century, this forest had been practically eliminated. The forest history of this area, as with much of Guanacaste, is similar to that experienced across Central America, and is similarly tragic.

In the Bahía Salinas area, much of the precious woods were used as fuel for area salt works that had existed for centuries in the area, and for which the area is named.

Roots of the Project

Desde su llegada a la zona de Bahía Salinas, en 1970, el Sr. Rodolfo González Volio se dedicó a la siembra de plantas y árboles, tal como años atrás lo había hecho en la zona de Tárcoles, en el Pacífico central costarricense…Readmore... »

The Beginning

In March 1991, as soon as purchase of the San Lorenzo property was finalized, we contacted the supplier of the trees we planned to plant – a forestry engineer from Liberia.Readmore... »

Adversity and Lessons Learned

A few weeks after planting the eleven hectares, El Niño appeared, and from mid-June on there was practically no rain in the area for several months…Readmore... »

Long Awaited Rewards

Years after the project had started, and after overcoming obstacles and problems, the project began to give us immense satisfaction.Readmore... »

Planting for Specific Purposes

Transcurridas dos décadas desde el inicio del proyecto de eco-reforestación y restauración ambiental, hemos iniciado algunas siembras particulares con propósitos específicos.
Una de estas siembras ha tenido el propósitos de atraer mariposas. Al hacerlo, descubrimos sobre el terreno una realidad muy agradable: nuestras acciones por atraer mariposas contribuyen también a atraer colibríes.Readmore... »