This tree is along a trail in Rincon de la Vieja National Park, the same park as shown in the photos of the bridges and streams that I have shown during the past week.
The biodiversity of Costa Rican cloud forests is illustrated by something that I read recently about Monteverde, Costa Rica. In 10 square miles (26 square kilometers) of the Monteverde cloud forest, there are as many different plant species as there are in all of the USA and Canada combined. I find that stunning.
My wife (who operates Scottsdale, Arizona Daily Photo) took this photo on a hike with our friend Sharon (who operates Phoenix Daily Photo), and certainly Sharon's presence in this photo helps to illustrate the giant size of some of the trees.
Here is some good news about trees in Costa Rica. In 2007, the country planted 5.9 million new trees. It set the goal of 7 million new trees for 2008, and the newspaper reported this week that the 2008 results were that 7,007,323 new trees were planted.
Many of the trees were planted by school children who participate in the country's "A que sembras un arbol" program, which translates as "Bet you will plant a tree." This is part of Costa Rica's commitment to become the world's first carbon neutral country by 2021.
1.3 million of the 7 million new trees were planted in Guanacaste, the northwest Pacific region where Tamarindo is located. The tree planting program is in part to reverse some of the effects of the deforestation of parts of Guanacaste that occurred during the Spanish colonial period, when large cattle haciendas were created. The cattle raising in the area has continued to the present day, although it is now on the decline.