Costa Rican Rainforest preserved by Utah Businessmen as Conservation and Education Model
Bosque Lluvioso, Costa Rica - The Bosque Lluvioso is a rain forest and field exploratory located in central Costa Rica. The Bosque reserve was originally established in 1996 by two Utah businessmen who purchased the core mountain landscape for conservation and education purposes before it was to be deforested by commercial logging plans. While Costa Rica covers barely 0.3% of the earth's land surface, its ecosystems contain between 5-9% of all of the earth's biological species. The Bosque helps expand this protected area in Costa Rica.
The Foundation's board of trustees include some of the most respected individuals in the world of conservation biology today including: Dr. Oscar Arias, former President of Costa Rica and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize; Dr. Jane Goodall, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute; and E.O. Wilson, Professor of Biology, Harvard University. The goal of the Bosque's conservation, education and forest restoration efforts is to serve as a model for similar programs in other developing countries where deforestation threatens entire ecosystems.