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Lone Star Adventure: Costa Rica

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This week, FOX 4's Richard Ray brings us one of his occasional Lone "Far" Adventures. This one has a strong local element at the University of Dallas but with roots in Central America in a reclaimed rain forest in Costa Rica.

Three and a half years ago, transplanted Americans Steve and Debbie Legg set out to restore a little bit of the Costa Rican rainforest. They planted 2,500 tiny saplings on land that was long ago cleared for cattle. They planted more than a dozen different types of trees, most of them native species. Their main goal was is to bring wildlife like sloths, monkeys and birds back the area.

Along the way, the Leggs partnered with the University of Dallas and Dr. Marcy Brown Marsden. Marsden takes teams of students to Costa Rica twice a year to document the progress with time lapse photography on a special website. The website makes it possible for people to interact with the site and learn more about reforestation.

The Leggs' long term plans have changed with the forest. They've fallen in love with land so instead of parceling it out they've decided to stay. The Leggs have built cabins and opened a resort called Leaves and Lizards with spectacular views of Arenal, an active volcano. The resort allows casual visitors on vacation to Costa Rica to learn a little bit about the efforts to restore the rainforest.

For more information please visit the Leaves and Lizards website and EcoMap Costa Rica to view the time lapse photography.

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