A Good Time Had by All

Friends’ Board members recently hosted a delegation from Peru and staff members of the Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument to dinner at a local restaurant in Woodland Park.  Visiting were Santiago Asenjo Davila and Diana Pajuelo Aparicio, accompanied by Dr. Deborah Woodcock of Clark University and her husband.   Santiago, a native of Sexi is a long time supporter of the research at the petrified forest at El Bosque Petrificado Piedra Chamana.  Diana is a geologist with INGEMENT, a Peruvian government agency.  She studies volcanology in Peru and has completed geologic mapping at the petrified forest.  Together, they visited Dr. Herb Meyer and spent a week with the paleo staff at Florissant, conducting field research and visiting numerous sites throughout the local area.  Santiago spoke to Friends members about the need to improve access for visitors coming from outside Sexi and to develop infrastructure in the village to support increased visitorship.  Diana is anxious to help create a Friends organization for Sexi modeled along the lines of the Friends of Florissant Fossil Beds.  Both expressed gratitude for the Friends’ hospitality and support over the years. 

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