Saturday, April 14, 2012

The Green and Gray in Chile

In mid-March, Susanna had an opportunity to travel to Alerce Costero National Park in Chile with the superintendent and two other colleagues to represent Redwood National Park. This new National Park in Chile has recently become a "Sister Park" to Redwood NP. It protects the massive "Alerce" trees, which can live to be 4,000 years old, rugged coastline and coastal mountains. The similarities to the Northern California coast are amazing.

Susanna gave several presentations in Spanish on Interpretation and Environmental Education and had the opportunity to explore the park. Later this summer or fall, Chilean rangers will visit Redwood, and Susanna will assist with their visit.

This was a highlight in Susanna's 10 year career with the National Park Service. It was a huge honor to be selected to travel internationally and represent Redwood NP abroad. Her Spanish language skills were valuable, as well as her experience in developing environmental education programs in Guatemala and Colorado.

Here are some of the highlights:

A boat ride up a river, to access a remote section of Alerce Costero National Park, followed by a delicious, 4 course, campesino lunch.

This tree is 3,500 years old. Standing in an Alerce forest feels quite similar to standing in a Redwood forest.

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