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ECO-TOURISM WITH INTERNATIONAL FLAVOR
State Department guests observe Conservancy


By Alexa Johnson

Nineteen top conservation professionals representing 17 countries observed firsthand the Catalina Island Conservancy at work during the first week of May to learn about the ecological restoration and preservation work done here.

International Flavor -- Conservancy Director of Conservation and Wildlife Management Julie King
met with this touring group of conservationists to discuss the innovative techniques for wildlife management on Catalina.
Photo by Alexa Johnson.
Arranged through the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, this International Visitor Leadership Tour was welcomed by Conservancy President and CEO Ann Muscat before embarking on a journey through the Island’s wild interior with Director of Education Frank Hein.

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The group, which included representatives from Mexico, Kenya, Portugal, Grenada, Sri Lanka, Argentina, Romania, Israel, and other nations, met with conservation experts in a mutual sharing of knowledge at various Conservancy stops, including the Wrigley Memorial & Botanic Garden, the bald eagle exhibit at Middle Ranch, the James H. Ackerman Native Plant Nursery and at Quail Valley.

This is the second opportunity the Conservancy has had to host such an elite group. Once again, participants found Catalina to be an immensely beautiful island. “The Catalina Island Conservancy is amazing,” remarked one visitor on the tour. “I was impressed with the conservation and business model that it adopted, and the programs for habitat management.” Many appreciated the Conservancy’s focus on children and nature education, calling their youth programs “a very noble initiative.”

The U.S. State Department and the International Visitors Council of Los Angeles made this trip possible. Together, they seek out opportunities to increase mutual understanding and cooperation between the U.S. and other nations.
 

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