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The Wetland Wanderer celebrates his out of doors profession, Hispanic Heritage Month

Posted by Jeff on Oct 1st, 2020 @ 6:25 am in Conservation | 0 comments | Last change: September 29, 2020

When Lucia Ibarra grew up in Las Mochis, Mexico, near the Gulf of California, she felt most comfortable walking barefoot, climbing trees, playing in the ocean, and laughing with the sheep and horses on her mother's ranch.

“I have loved nature since I was a child. My culture was people and animals. But I felt like we were all connected and there was a domino effect, ”said Ibarra, who has lived in Asheville, NC for nearly three years.

“When something has happened to one living being, something else is affected. It was a chain of changes. I couldn't put it into words as a kid, but I made the decision to become a wildlife biologist to understand wildlife, habitat management and these ecosystems and how they are interrelated. "

The wondrous, wild girl who runs wild still shines in Ibarra's eyes as a bubbly, free-running adult, whether she's engaging with communities to discuss environmental injustices or paddling the southeast swamps and encountering alligators as "wetland walkers." .

Ibarra is the program outreach manager for the Dogwood Alliance, an Asheville-based nonprofit that works to protect southern forests from industrial logging and work at the intersection of community justice and climate change. During Hispanic Heritage Month, Ibarra said she takes pride in being a Hispanic woman in the environmental field, where Latinos are few.

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