Alvaro Ugalde

Don Alvaro Ugalde has passed away. All of us who work in Costa Rica’s national parks and conservation areas owe him a great debt, he was truly one of the giants of conservation in Central America and the Neotropics. He had a particularly important role as an early administrator of Santa Rosa National Park, establishing Santa Rosa in the face of internal and external threats, and was a key ally in establishing the ACG in the 1980s and 90s.

In his own words:

“The Ultimate goal is to maintain Central America as an ecological bridge . . . That of course is a very difficult dream, because it doesn’t depend on us, it depends on every little country in this region. But yes, on a national basis, that is the ultimate dream. How do we keep genes flowing north and south, and evolving? I know it’s farfetched. Not only that, but to try to save every single species in the country, which is also a far-fetched vision. But my feeling is that if you don’t go for the highest, then how will you decide where to go? So we have to go for big, big visions.”

from The Quetzal and the Macaw, by David Rains Wallace.

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