Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P

The mission of the Sierra Gorda is to guide and coordinate the activities of its member organizations responsible for the conservation, restoration and sustainable development of the Sierra Gorda region and the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, the founding member organization of the Alliance, guides the work of the Alliance's partner organizations in: a) educating for a sustainable future; b) organizing community action and cross-sector cooperation; c) adopting holistic land management; d) promoting management of solid waste and recyclables; e) raising awareness and civic participation; f) bundling and communicating best practices; and g) generating a significant...
Apr 10, 2015

Preservation: continuous labor

Jaguar
Jaguar

These last three months we proceeded to identify potential properties for purchase. Due to the ilegal logging which has been unstoppable in the immediate vicinity of the reserve known as Cerro Prieto-Cerro la Luz, we decided to approach World Land Trust, our British partner, to acquire the property of Mr. Isidro Ruiz Servin, with a surface area of 65 hectares and thereby amplify the reserve to protect it from the logging.

All of the reserves have continued to benefit from the constant presence of the park guardians (Leonel Espino, Abel Resendiz, Emiliano Cardenas, Taurino Castillo) and their supervisor Miguel Flores and occassionally Roberto Pedraza. In the reserves that have been purchased for strict protection, there is no ilegal logging or other extraction. We observed a minimal presence of cattle in two of them (Canon del Fresno and Cerro Prieto-Cerro La Luz); in the first for a fence that has since been repaired and in the second a lack of fencing. Given a fence would be a major expense and would have a negative impact on the forest, we visited the neighboring properties to give an ultimatum and were accompanied by the local authorities. If the cattle are encountered again, we will round them up and hold them and involve the authorities formally.

The following reserves in our care have had maintenance to trails and additional handiwork: Arenitas, San Francisco, La Tinaja, Canon del Fresno, Tinaja del Zapote, Hoya Verde, Mesa Colorada, Socabon and El Naranjito, and the buffer zones that protect them, accounting for a total of 46.1 kilometers. The fence maintenance in the reserves Canon del Fresno and la Hoya del Hielo, in addition to the major reparation to the perimeter fence of the reserve Mesa Colorada, including installing fence posts of steel which was financed in part by the donation received here in Global Giving to protect vital habitat.

And we had the enormous pleasure to obtain images in the camera traps of puma and jaguar, which demonstrates the effectiveness of the conservation activities within these private reserves within the greater Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve. The images come from the reserves La Tinaja and Las Arenitas.

Puma
Puma
Jaguar
Jaguar

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Mar 3, 2015

17 Thousand Students to hold 60 Earth Festivals

Getting ready to dance
Getting ready to dance

The Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda, through its environmental education program, has organized 60 Earth Festivals currently underway from February through April which will involve the 17 thousand students that participate actively throughout the year. These are cultural events with the objective of reviving, promoting and consolidating popular traditions and habits. However, more than anything they are an homage of respect and love for Mother Earth and the cultural roots of the region.

These celebrations are attended by all the students of local schools, parents, and the public in general who organize the event in their community.  We appreciate your help to keep this 24 year old tradition going and invite you to visit the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and join the party to celebrate Mother Earth.

Children in disguise
Children in disguise

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Jan 6, 2015

Monitoring the on-going protection of sanctuaries

Ancient Forest
Ancient Forest

Wildlife activity kept up in our camera-traps, as again, ranger Leonel Espino photographed two jaguars in the Arenitas and Tinaja reserves, where old growth oak forests offer heaven to a variety of wildlife.

We are thrilled to announce the discovery of three new Magnolia species, two of them in the Hoya del Hielo reserves, and the other species in the Hoya Verde reserve. Dr. Antonio Vázquez, from the Universidad de Guadalajara is in charge of their description, already shared some info and the new species are dedicated to: Magnolia rzedowskyana, to Dr. Jerzy Rzedowsky, Mexico´s main botanist, Magnolia sierragordae, to this very special mountains, and the third I had the truly enormous honour to be named after my surname, Magnolia pedrazae, as Dr. Vázquez first realized they were new species thanks to photos I shot years ago and also because our work to protect local biodiversity.

We covered the surveillance of the rest of the reserves by the activities of other rangers, their supervisor and myself, without encountering any illegal activities. But just outside the reserves the ongoing logging, so they are showing how effective this conservation scheme is and this is why we must continue.

Jaguar at La Tinaja
Jaguar at La Tinaja

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