April 28th was a reunion of kindred spirits, and an opportunity for MCL and MCLUS board members and staff to say “thank you” to friends and supporters of the CER.
St. Louis area supporters enjoyed a beautiful spring evening with camaraderie and refreshments on the roof-top at Maryland Walk in Clayton.
Carol Weisman, MCLUS’ governance consultant, friend of the forest, and her husband Frank Robbins, hosted the thank you reception and presentation by Dr. Rainer Bussman from the Missouri Botanical Garden. Dr. Bussman’s talk on “Protecting Tropical Forests and Keeping the Source of Traditional Knowledge Alive” gave new insights on rainforest conservation and the CER. Tom Newmark, CEO of New Chapter, shared inspiring remarks about his connection to this special forest and of successful reforestation. Laurie Waller, president of MCLUS, read a heartfelt thank you letter from Mark Wainwright, president of MCL’s board of directors and author of “Mammals of Costa Rica.”