Karen Mogensen Reserve
The Reserve was founded in 1996 with the acquisition of one property of 364 hectares. Today it spans 960 hectares of protected land in the Nicoya Peninsula. In this tropical forest, many rare and endangered species coexist. The reserve is a vital sanctuary not only for the species that live there but also protects the essential springs and water sources for the entire Nicoya region. Five local communities receive the water from our beloved reserve, including the island of Venado. In the beginning, the property was composed of cattle ranches and land for subsistence farming. With the help of birds, bats, the wind and other mammals, the seeds from the surrounding forest spread throughout the reserve to help the natural regeneration of the forests. Today, after 20 years, the existent secondary forest is the best way to capture carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, with the hopes of reducing the effects of climate change. Moreover, the reserve is a vital part of the biological corridor of the Peninsula.
Porfirio Brenes Recycling Center
The Center was built in 1998 in Lepanto with the support of FundeCoperación. Named after late Porfirio Brenes, a young employee of ASEPALECO and environmental educator. The center recycles 2 tons of glass, aluminium, plastic, brass and cardboard per month. The waste is mainly collected and brought to the recycling center by community members who are aware of the importance of recycling. The monthly recycling campaigns in partnership with the municipality of Jicaral and other institutions also add significantly to the efforts of collecting waste. The benefits of having the facility are not solely selling the recycled materials, but to reduce the volume of waste that ends up in landfills or in our rivers and fields; this is the greatest accomplishment of our recycling center.
The program is focused on spreading knowledge about environmental protection to the surrounding communities. Our main activities include planting trees, delivering workshops about recycling, educational hikes with students of local schools and the yearly celebration of the World Environment Day, which has had more than 1,000 participants in the past.
Forest Fire Brigades.
ASEPALECO trains men and women to combat fires during the dry season. The Nicoya region is at the highest risk for forest fires in Costa Rica, and since ASEPALECO has started the fire brigades all fires in the region have been successfully controlled. The brigades are a group of volunteers trained to combat and prevent forest fires around their local communities. The volunteer forest firefighters are men and women from the communities of Paquera, Lepanto, Cobano and the Chira Island.
The research station was inaugurated in 2012 as a result of a partnership between ASEPALECO and the Italian organization Gev Modena Foreste Per Sempre. Aiming to facilitate biological and meteorological research in the Karen Mogensen Reserve. The station offers the right infrastructure to study the effects of climate change and create baselines of the biodiversity to compare it to future conditions. The process of natural succession happening in the reserve for the last 20 years provides a great environment to study the processes of forest recovery and of carbon fixation. We welcome researchers, professors, dissertators, groups of biology students, etc.
Posada Cerro Escondido
Anidada en el corazón de la Reserva Karen Mogensen, se encuentra nuestra linda “Posada Cerro Escondido”, en donde tenemos el agrado de recibir visitantes durante todo el año. En la Posada contamos con sencillas pero cómodas habitaciones con baño privado y amplios corredores con bellísimas vistas del bosque. La Posada se abastece totalmente de energía solar. Arnulfo y Mary son una pareja local que se encarga del funcionamiento de la Posada y de atender a nuestros huéspedes en todo lo que requieran para tener una maravillosa e inolvidable estadía. Hay kilómetros de senderos dentro de la Reserva que conducen a la Posada y de los cuales pueden disfrutar los huéspedes durante su estadía.