My name is Winston Poindexter and this class, from the moment it was mentioned, has ignited a fire of higher education within me. I have always loved travel and how it catapults your education high into the atmosphere. Going to Costa Rica would have this effect on me, and my goal of enriching my knowledge of the wild. Ever since walking became a regular activity I have been blazing trails, but only blazing. Now this class is providing me with the opportunity to grab the fruit from the trees as I blaze by. I couldn't be happier with the amount of possibility on this class's horizon. I am going to be blogging every week about our classes book and I hope that you will follow my blogging. You can help us get there by donating!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

I could actualy make a difference!

If you’ve been following my blog you should know my research project is going to be a compare and contrast between how/what Costa Rica and New Hampshire, do and feel about trees. When I'm in Costa Rica I’m going to do a zip line canopy tour. It’s the best way to traverse the treetops. And in Costa Rica they really think about the well being of the anchor tree, the anchor tree being the trees that the lines and platforms are attached to. But from minimal research on local canopy tours I've found that they do not have the same eco-friendly consciousness. I’ve seen pictures of plat forms bolted directly to the anchor tree; witch clearly is detrimental to the trees healthy longevity. This is something I could actually change in the world! I feel like in America we are less concerned about our forested resources, I think mainly because there is always a state right next door who has forest too. And clearly in Costa Rica they would be more aware of their forested resources, simply because they only have theirs, where as we have our allied states to lean on. Canopy tours are a fantastic way to get to know your local forest in depth. I know that having them is a good thing, but we must be conscious of our impact. Bolting platforms to a tree after cutting all the branches off will kill the tree. It’s not sustainable or eco-friendly. This is a major issue to me, and I intend to try my hardest to change it.


  1. Interesting perspective Winston. I can always count on to have a point of view and a goal that either supports or can make changes. Here's a question for you: what are the economics around this issue? Does tourist industry dollars support the conservation in Costa Rica?

    these questions come to mind because sustainable management of resources is about the balancing the environmental and economic issues.

  2. @ Ellen G,
    I'm not entirely sure where the majority of conservation funds comes from. If I had to guess I would say it comes from independent donors and local business owners.

  3. It would be cool if the dollars made from the tourist industry helped to support the environmental and sustainability issues in Costa Rica.