WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2013

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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Connecting Two Worlds Sounds lofty, doesn't it? But what the Wellesley group contributed was both immediately tangible and designed to foster long-term economic growth in the Dominican Republic. On the northeast coast of Hispaniola, the island shared by the Dominican Republic and Haiti, the teens worked alongside alliance members near San Francisco de Macoris. In one week, they planted more than 750 trees, helping to reforest 2,000 native species for ecological restoration and carbon sequestration. They painted the office of the nonprofit Quita Espuela Foundation to improve working conditions. And they constructed a model hiking trail, as well as trailside and hand-made adobe bricks for restoration of a historically signifi- benches, to improve eco-tourism opportunities for the Loma Quita cant trading post. They'll return to Santa Fe in 2014. Espuela Scientific Reserve, a rainforest refuge for endangered species. This year they focused on Two Worlds-One Bird, an alliance of pri- Participants included 42 high school students, ages 15 to 18, and 8 vate, public, and nonprofit groups in the Dominican Republic devel- adults from the Wellesley Village Church. Associate Pastor Pam Emslie oping a sustainable business partnership to protect biodiversity and planned the trip along with her husband, Dave Emslie, and former wildlife habitat on both ends of the migratory route of Bicknell's Peace Corps volunteer Charles Kerchner, project coordinator for Two Thrush. The songbird summers in the northeast US and southeast Worlds-One Bird, who has lifelong ties to the Wellesley congregation. Canada, and flies south to winter in the DR. According to Kerchner, although much of Hispaniola's primary for- We l l e s l e y We s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 3 est habitat is protected, a buffer zone is needed that will sustain the 86

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