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A Conservancy without Borders: Trustees Visit Belize

A Missouri trustee visit to Belize shows how the Conservancy works across country lines.

Missouri Trustees Steve McMillan, Ruth Grant and Jan Armstrong; Celia Mahung, Director of Conservation for TIDE; Alejandro Martinez, Nature Conservancy Belize Program Director; Missouri Trustees Jim Miller and Bette Loiselle.

Building on a collaborative relationship that has formed between the Conservancy’s Missouri and Belize programs, Missouri trustees visited Belize in April 2009.

The trustees visited the Maya Mountains-Chiquibul National Park, a site for which Missouri staff helped develop a conservation plan and design the biodiversity and forest monitoring tools currently implemented by local organizations and Belize’s Forest Department.

The group also visited the Port Honduras Marine Reserve where the Conservancy is partnering with the Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE) to manage the coastal forests, rivers and coral cays.

Missouri Trustee Jim Miller from Kansas City was an early and enthusiastic planner for the trip:

"Belize is a young country. The folks there have a tremendous opportunity to determine the direction of the country, and they have a significant commitment to conservation. On our trip, we had the chance to meet many of the decision-makers who will determine the direction of environmental issues in Belize. The other trustees and I found their knowledge and enthusiasm very encouraging.”

Upon returning from the trip, Missouri Trustee Steve McMillan and his wife Parker made a generous commitment of $25,000 to support Belize’s conservation efforts and inspire additional giving from fellow trustees.

"Belize is a young country. The folks there have a tremendous opportunity to determine the direction of the country, and they have a significant commitment to conservation."

 Jim Miller, Missouri Trustee

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