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The story of how a group of Costa Rican and US scientists and volunteers set out to save the tropical forests in the northwestern section of the country, an area badly damaged by the fires of ranchers and small farmers. Challenging the widely held belief that tropical forests, once lost, are lost forever, the team led by the dynamic Daniel Janzen from the University of Pennsylvania advanced systematically, tackling a series of political, ecological and social issues. They began with 39 square miles and by 2000 had stitched together and revived some 463 square miles of land and another 290 of marine area. It is now known as the Guanacaste Conservation Area, a landscape of dry forest, cloud forest and rainforest that supports an estimated 235,000 plant and animal species.