Four university students from Patzcuaro, Michoacán, Mexico (Molly Peñaloza, Ireri Servin, Valeria Aguilar and Alejandra Garcia, above) (photo: Jane Wholey) recently visited Friends of Herring River (FHR) and the Herring River Restoration Project.
This group came as part of cultural exchange program sponsored by the Cape Cod National Seashore and began their visit with FHR for an orientation to the overall Herring River Restoration Project and to hear about building a grassroots campaign, fostering a community of stakeholders, addressing opposition, and providing project administration.
Back in Mexico they face severely degraded Lake Patzcuaro – a very different habitat than Wellfleet’s Herring River. But many of the lessons learned from our own journey towards estuary restoration proved transferable and useful for these enthusiastic and committed young leaders.
Members of the FHR Board and Staff shared the history of the organization’s role, project governance and milestones, and John Portnoy, Co-Chair of FHR’s Science Advisory Group, led a detailed tour of project components. It was a wonderful morning of mutual inspiration and exchange.