Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology: Costa Rica

Streams of the Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG)

In 1989 the Stroud Water Research Center helped establish the Maritza Biological Station in the Guanacaste Conservation Area of Costa Rica.

Located at the base of the Orosí Volcano in the northwest corner of the country, the station is the Center’s headquarters for the study of tropical ecosystems. It also serves as an information source for Latin American scientists and land managers who are interested in implementing conservation strategies in tropical streams and watersheds.

In 1999, the Área de Conservación Guanacaste (ACG) was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage site representing the best dry forest habitats from Central America to northern Mexico.

Río Tempisquito

ACG is also the site of the largest forest restoration project in the tropics, with the ultimate goal of reestablishing a major tropical dry forest wildland from large remnants of pristine forest and reclaimed pasturelands.

With the backdrop of a natural and successional mosaic, we established the small to intermediate size streams of the ACG as a Long-Term Research in Environmental Biology (LTREB) site in the Central American tropical forest.

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