Our Partners and Associated Projects

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Applied Ecological Services (AES)

Steve Apfelbaum
17921 Smith Road
P. O. Box 256 Brodhead, WI 53520
Tel 608.897.8641


Specialists in the scientific restoration, development, and preservation of natural and designed systems, AES is staffed by a multidisciplinary team of botanists, wildlife biologists, wetland scientists, prairie and ecosystem restoration specialists and scientists, that manage approximately 100 projects per year. A variety of consulting and contracting services allows AES to provide complete, turnkey design/build services for any ecological restoration project, or to work “by the task” to meet project objectives. AES is leading our watershed restoration and migratory bird habitat restoration work in Guanacaste, Costa Rica.

Brinkman & Associates Reforesteation Ltd

Dirk Brinkman
520 Sharpe Street
New Westminster , BC, V3M 4R2 , Canada
Tel 604.521.7771


Brinkman is Canada ‘s oldest and foremost reforestation company and operates silviculture, sustainable forest management and reforestation projects worldwide. “To be known as the best in forest renewal, worldwide” is their vision, toward which they work by providing land managers with world-class services for sustainable forestry success.

Brinkman & Associates
Reforestation Central America

Apdo. Postal 80-6300
Parrita, Puntarenas Costa Rica
América Central
Tel 506-779-9534


BARCA was founded as a subsidiary of Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Ltd. Over a decade ago and has been providing FSC certified management to high value tropical hardwood plantations in Central America. Through outstanding planning, development and silviculture services, their projects have become recognized as model plantations. BARCA has developed a strong team of local technicians, forepersons and trained workers and they are helping us plan and implement our Reforest Teak “Ecological Reforestation” program in Nicaragua.

Costa Rica
National Parks System


Leaders from the Costa Rican Ministry of the Environment, National University of Costa Rica and National Park Service have helped us develop watershed-based strategies to restore pastures with forested lands including an innovative strategy to employ the Costa Rican Plan de Manejo (regional land use plan) process to facilitate watershed-based land use planning. Costa Rica’s national parks and wildlife refuges are managed by the Ministerio de Ambiental y Energia (MINAE) and account for 25.58% of the national territory. The National Parks System supports the country’s progressive environmental policies and investment in sustainable ecotourism, which have been praised as a model for other countries. Costa Rica recently announced its commitment to become the first carbon neutral country. Reforestation and restoration in and around national parks will be key to their strategy.

Diamond Teak

Kevin Yardley
Tel 1-877-874-8325


Reforest Teak’s reforestation and manufacturing partner Diamond Teak is the largest exporter of high quality teak furniture in Costa Rica and supports sustainable development through community-based reforestation and manufacturing. They have been researching and developing new and innovative reforestation strategies, including mixed species systems, that enhance the biological health of tropical hardwood plantations.

Our Associated Projects

Restoring Our Watershed


Restoring Our Watershed – Nandamojo watershed, Guanacaste, Costa Rica – is the umbrella project whose goal it is to restore the ecology and revitalize the economy of a 25,000 acre watershed. ROW works to re-perennialize the Nandamojo River and expand and restore the mangrove estuary at the interface of the River and the Pacific Ocean. This is being accomplished through many related efforts that are working toward a model for sustainable development, including El Centro Verde, Pueblo Verde and Finca Lagunita. We believe that through diverse, ecologically responsible business ventures, that incorporate local customs and knowledge, it is possible to improve the health of this wet-dry tropical ecosystem, while simultaneously creating a new economic model for rural development.

El Centro Verde (ECV)


El Centro Verde (ECV) – Paraiso , Costa Rica – is a non-profit institute created by Tom Peifer in 1996 to teach and inspire ecological literacy and sustainable solutions to the next generation of earth stewards. ECV (translated as The Green Center) has developed methods and educational programs around managing farms and forests while making the best use of energy, water and other resources. Today, the Center offers individualized college internships, workshops and courses, local outreach and education programs promoting sustainable development, and conservation development consulting services.

Pueblo Verde


Pueblo Verde – Paraiso, Costa Rica – is an emerging green residential community that will be located on land next to El Centro Verde. The vision is for a sustainable and enjoyable community and a model for healthy land development through active consideration of the three Es of sustainability: Ecology, Equity, and Economy. Pueblo Verde is ideal for hands-on homeowners and activist investors, individuals looking for more than a tropical tract home. We aspire to create a community which helps promote a new agenda, leaving a softer footprint for life in our valley, in the region and ultimately, on the planet.

Restoration of Mangroves and Dry Tropical Forests Project – The Nandamojo watershed, Costa Rica – has been awarded a Migratory Birds Grant by the US Fish and Wildlife Service. The initiative aims to protect and monitor use of important Neotropical migratory bird habitat.It will restore and manage test acreage of mangroves, dry tropical forests and diversifie hardwood plantations. Additionally the project will conduct research, monitoring, and community education activities. Under the management of our partners, Applied Ecological Services and El Centro Verde, we are acquiring conservation easements on lands within the watershed to develop restoration plans for the area working with local communities.

Tierra Pacifica  – Junquillal, Costa Rica – is a distinct development of environmental estates overlooking Playa Junquillal and the Nanadamojo magrove estuary. The goal of the initiative is to balance a high standard of living with innovative environmental design strategies. The development features innovative storm water management and water conservation, reforestation, and organic farming plus unrestricted views, a community center with pool, Jacuzzi, a gym with yoga studio, and walking trails through land of which 40% is reserved for protected areas. Our vision is to build a community of interesting, thoughtful people who are looking to embrace a lifestyle with environmentally friendly values.

Finca Lagunita – Junquillal, Costa Rica – is an organic farm located within Tierra Pacifica land. It is applying 15 years of permaculture and agroforestry development from El Centro Verde, and applying it to a commercial farming project. Managed and operated by locals, the farm is both integrated into the Tierra Pacifica development and the local community providing restaurants and households with fresh, organic produce, eggs, chicken, and aquaculture-grown fish and shrimp.

World Wildlife Fund Leatherback Program – Playa Junquillal , Costa Rica – is led by biologist Gabriel Francia, and aims to work with the local community to generate alternative income sources in an effort to stop the poaching of leatherback turtle eggs, shells and meat. Poaching provides a small supplement to locals’ income, and has devastating effects on the turtle populations. Francia has developed activities that include educational programs in local schools, turtle nest rescue efforts organized for volunteers and tourists, and the construction of a turtle hatchery.

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