Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve Archive, Evergreen State College
Data Center Description
Monteverde, Costa Rica has captured world-wide attention of biologists, conservationists, and the nature-oriented public. The diverse habitats, organisms, and interactions in primary and human-affected landscapes of the Monteverde area have been investigated for over 30 years. The Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, a private preserve administered by the Tropical Science Foundation, protects 12,000 ha of primary montane cloud forest, fosters research projects, and provides environmental education for over 40,000 Costa Ricans and international visitors each year.
Over 125 ecologists, agriculturists, and educators have contributed to the interest in natural history and ecology of the area by compiling and synthesizing the existing pool of information and in so doing, to motivate further research in ecology and conservation. Our major objectives are to bring together the extensive body of knowledge that researchers and natural historians have gathered; to point up connections among the various research projects that have taken place; to identify areas for future research areas; and to highlight research that bears on conservation of the area.