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Logging caused the loss of some species and the destruction of natural ecosystems before the park was established.
-At the end of the sixties and beginning of the 1960s, the market forces identified the richness of the wood and the second wave of deforestation came. Unlike the first pioneer wave, where burned and cut down the trees to make new pastures, the new wave of deforestation was fed by the hard exotic tropical timber for construction. Ambitions had turned to the vast lowland forest preserved now in Corcovado, environmental pressures to lift the food chain of the politics, and in 1975 the President Daniel Oduber established by Presidential Decree the Corcovado National Park.
-The discovery in the early 30's of the prodigiously rich gold deposits of Madrigal along the sandy beach near what is now, the Sirena Ranger Station began a social and cultural current which may provoke effects more pronounced of the 20th century in the peninsula. It was informed that it was discovered gold in the Rio Claro and the beach of Madrigal, which could have produced a kilogram of gold in a day's work, a prodigious amount of gold which resulted in the fever of gold among national and foreign too for decades and which led to a colourful and turbulent society and culture.
-By the outbreak of the Second World War, Carate showed off of owning one of the two dredgers for dredging operations of gold in the world, the second of which occurred in the African coast of Sierra Leona. Mine was operated in America and closed over time by attention to technology from the United States by the defeat of the main powers. Mining companies subsequently returned, although because of the difficulty of access and the environmentalist left changes maintained in haven Osa Peninsula still. Then, in the 1980s exploded with the perfect storm of calamities that included the collapse of the banana business in the Gulf and the widespread unemployment, as well as wars in Nicaragua, El Salvador and Nicaragua left side effects, and the contagious narco - militarism of Panama. Once gold reached in 1980 atmospheric levels, the 1980's gold rush was in essence a constellation of circumstances which made it inevitable.
-The Osa Peninsula received a wave of prospectors and miners in its gold rush that drove the population of perhaps 5,000 in 1980 to 25,000 or more during the height of the fever of gold, many of them of questionable character, all trying to put his hand in the Frontier Province in the extraction of gold. In 1978 around 300 farmers living inside what today are the borders of the Park have moved successfully outside the park along with their cattle without a lasting reaction. However, the miners working the rivers within the boundaries of the Park are a bit more entrenched and much more vocal and were allowed to continue their trade in the interior of the park for several more years. It is estimated that the number reaches the 3,000 at its largest number of occupation, without family and employers who made the provision of living miners, pressure on wildlife poaching grew untenable. In the light of the threat of illegal logging, the traffic of wildlife, as well as all environmental degradation from mining led to the Government of Costa Rica to the controversial expulsion of all miners from the boundaries of the Park. The eviction of the miners was completed in 1986, but fifteen years later, the Government is still involved in legal battles and compensation for citizens who will have been affected by this socio - economic purge.
-During the 1990s the Government of Costa Rica largely by their economic future married with the relatively new concept of eco-tourism and at the time of this writing, in 2008 Costa Rica is one of the most prominent examples of sustainable development. The challenge is to reach the protection to provide an economical alternative against the destruction of income sources (such as slash- and -burn agriculture, logging of mature forests, poaching, mining, etc.) to encourage land owners to protect their forests and streams and habitat rather than exploit their land destructively. The wealth of dollars of tourism flowing into the region for environmental tourists registered a large measure; those current citizens enjoy a high degree of health, educational opportunities and options for employment, a relative wealth and joy in society.
-Corcovado National Park has played an important role in the evolution of the attitudes of the local population. After a site was feverish tone and rhetoric among the miners they were displaced and after the application of a hard hand on environmental policy, human needs most of the current residents of Osa are considerably well informed about the environment and proud of its natural history and heritage of their environment. Although there is still a small amount of trade in exotic animals and the meat of wild animals, this is being widely supplanted by the popular consciousness that such habits are destructive for the country as a whole.
-In 1984, it was common practice to sell turtle eggs in the bars and restaurants, where it is touted as an aphrodisiac and frequently consumed in the bars along with guaro. Today, sea turtle eggs cannot be obtained legally, there is no meat of sea turtles, and the country's roads are free of trash, unlike those of some neighbours of Central America. Sea turtle eggs, were staple among coastal communities, now they are excluded and people excavating the nests have to live under the cloud of growing disapproval by a greater awareness of public opinion.
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