Melody Kreimes, UCSRB Executive Director, is currently traveling in Ecuador with the Ag. Forestry Leadership Program. She recently met with harvest operations personnel at an Otavalo indigenous community-owned Eucalyptus plantation.

Melody also had the opportunity to meet with the Ministry of the Environment, Water Management and System of Protection for Natural Areas to learn how they manage water and natural areas and parks.

Ecuador is situated in western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Columbia and Peru and has natural resources that include timber and hydropower. Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands are slightly smaller than Nevada and stretch out over a total area of 283,560 sq km. Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands have a coastline of 2,327 km.

We will be posting more on Melody’s adventures in Ecuador in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!