Resource Details

Cloudbridge Reforestation Project

Project: Project - Nonprofit

Contact Info

Jenny O'Gready Giddy,

Cloudbridge, 119 West 82nd Street, New York, NY 10024, USA.




Species Info

  • Cupressus lusitanica (exotic)
  • Sapium pachystachys
  • Ulmus mexicana
  • Quercus costaricensis
  • Quercus rapurahuensis
  • Persea caerulea
  • Cornus disciflora
  • Citharexylum caudatum
  • Tournefortia volubilis
  • Tecoma stans
  • Alnus acuminata
  • Manilkara zapota
  • Cedrela tonduzii


  • The mission of the Cloudbridge Reforestation Project is to rebuild a deforested part of tropical cloud forest using native trees to bridge a gap between two mountainside forests. 
  • Another component is to conduct research and education on the land to better understand cloud forest ecology and observe the variety of flora and fauna. Various researchers from universities and the Smithsonian Institute have conducted studies on the land.
  • The project began in March 2002 with the purchase of 10 acres of property. Now the project encompasses 700 acres of land of which the majority is former cattle pasture, but around 15% is primary forest. 
  • Approximately 15,000 trees have been planted in the nine years of the project.
  • Local people were hired to plant native species as well as a tree consultant. All native trees have been planted except for one species native to mexico, Cupressus lusitanica. 
  • Seedlings are gathered from the forest, maintained in a nursery, and planted during the rainy season. 

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Ecosystems

  • Montane Forest
  • Country

  • Costa Rica
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