UCSRB Executive Director Melody Kreimes toured a Reforestation project with the people of the indigenous Quechua community in Ecuador this week. The Ecuadorians are working to restore the upper watershed in the community (they call it the “sponge”) to protect their water, food sources, and economy. They removed cattle and are now raising alpaca which provide wool, a critical cultural and economic product in Ecuador, and are replanting the area with native vegetation, including the mortiño berry.