Recently, park manager Guido Saborio from the Osa Region of Costa Rica visited three parks in the Great Lakes Inventory and Monitoring Network to learn about vital signs, protocols, and current issues. The visit to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway, Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, and the Mississippi National River and Recreation Area occurred under the auspices of Rotary International's District 5960 which supports the new "Sister Park" arrangement recently signed between 13 national parks of the Upper Midwest and 7 national parks and protected areas of SINAC's ACOSA Region. SINAC is the Costa Rican equivalent of the NPS, USFS, USFWS, and a state DNR combined.
After meeting with Great Lakes I&M Network Coordinator Bill Route and staff, Guido plans to return to Costa Rica to suggest a similar effort in his own country. He is particularly impressed by the amount of time NPS devoted to developing vital signs for monitoring the health of the ecosystems we help manage. While visiting Minnesota and Wisconsin, Guido also made a quick trip to Omaha, Nebraska, to meet with Midwest Regional Director Mike Reynolds and Deputy Regional Director Patty Trap and staff to share information about the Osa Region and his work there. Guido also had the unique opportunity to meet with 8 of the 13 superintendents that are part of the "sister park" effort during their annual Zone meeting which was held in St. Paul, MN.
Guido manages the science and research effort of the Osa Region. His visit is the first official one under the new sister park arrangement thanks to the financial and fellowship support of Rotary District 5960.