History

Las Nubes Project was created by Dr. Howard Daugherty from the Faculty of Environmental Studies, after a generous donation made by a prominent Toronto physician, medical researcher and co-founder of the Canadian Liver Foundation, Dr. Woody Fisher to York University.

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Dr. Howard Daugherty

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Dr. Woody Fisher

The following year and in honour of Dr. Woody Fisher, the Faculty of Environmental Studies created the Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation to protect this rainforest's habitat through an agreement with Costa Rica’s Tropical Science Center.

The Fisher Fund for Neotropical Conservation supports the protection of the biological and ecological values of the Las Nubes Rainforest and adjacent area in southern Costa Rica. The Fisher Fund has made significant achievements in research and conservation programs in biodiversity protection, rural sustainability, environmental education in local schools, and the use of Geographic Information Systems and remote sensing as decision-support tools for environmental management.

Dr. Woody Fisher's contribution to Las Nubes did not stop with the donation. Each year, Dr. Fisher and his wife, Mrs. Valerie Grant, help York University to raise funds to support the Las Nubes Project and actively participate in different activities, encouraging students to continue with their legacy.