January 2011

People who will not sustain trees will soon live in a world which cannot sustain people.
— Bryce Nelson
The new year started off with the annual board meeting.  Genevieve was here to review the past year and help with the wish list of projects and ideas for 2011….and there seem to be many! 
The classroom is getting closer to completion.  We placed an order for the windows and doors.
  Landscaping was done by Victor with help from Genevieve’s partner, Charles. They planted a variety of material, taking care to use only native species for the landscape design. 

Victor and Charles landscaping


 The first group to visit Cloudbridge in 2011 was Gatton Academy from Kentucky.  The students spent a week doing research on various topics such as beetle surveys, tree monitoring, mammal monitoring and inventory, and plant bio monitoring.    They obtained credits for this class and enjoyed a rewarding adventure in a topical country for their efforts. 

Gatton Academy class picture - Students and Leaders


Hard at work

Gatton Academy students planning their project

Final presentations


Our second group for 2011 was from the University of Minnesota on tour through Wilderness Inquiry.  They came up to Cloudbridge for a hike in the cloud forest.


Volunteers Molly, Dan, and Aurelien built new composters that are placed in the vivero area.  They can be used by guests staying in the Casa and Casita.  The compost will be mixed in with soil for new seedlings.

New composter made from a plastic barrel


Adam and Annie are our resident biologists for three months.  They have been busy giving guided tours of Cloudbridge as well as birding tours in the surrounding area.  Adam has helped with the installation of water lines for the new hydro electric system for the classroom.  Annie’s housecleaning has resulted in an organized library, a room used as an information centre, and new signage. Thank you for enhancing the reserve’s educational component.

Annie working on an information board complete with a chalk board for visitor comments.

Adam ready for a hike with tourists.

December 2010

By means of trees, wildlife could be conserved, pollution decreased and the beauty of our landscapes enhanced. This is the way, or at least one of the ways, to spiritual, moral, and cultural regeneration.
— E.F. Schumacher
What is interesting about the montane tropical forests is the surprisingly slow rate of growth after deforestation.  In Maarten Kappelle’s book on Ecology and Conservation of Neotropical Montaine Oak Forests, he states that it takes approximately a century  for severely degraded forests to recover  to their original primary ecosystem.

Any efforts to regenerate land to its former ecological state are a slow process and the effects of climate change seem to be an ever increasingly rapid process.   The Cloudbridge Reserve continues to show leadership through environmental stewardship.  Future generations will benefit  from our accomplishments of education, reforestation and research.

Christmas is a time for giving.  Thankyou to everyone who has dedicated their gift of time or donations to the Cloudbridge Reserve .  You are all leaving a legacy for future generations through your recognition of environmental needs .  

A Jungle Christmas at Cloudbridge