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Successful protection for Sierra Gorda reserves

18 April, 2013 - 11:08 -- World Land Trust
Aerial map showing location of reserves patrolled by Abel in February 2013.
Map of Mexico showing location of Sierra Gorda Reserve

There were no signs of logging, intruders or cattle in February in reserves inside Sierra Gorda patrolled by Keeper of the Wild Abel Reséndiz.

In the course of his daily work, Abel patrols a number of reserves purchased with funds from World Land Trust (WLT) inside the Sierra Gorda.

The reserves he visited in February are in the north of the reserve. Two are adjoining, Las Arenitas and Las Canalitas, while two reserves are further south, Cañón del Fresno and Hoya Verde.

The fact that there were no disturbances during February indicates that security measures in the reserve are working well. WLT’s conservation partner in Mexico, Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG), is clearly achieving its goal of protecting the wilderness areas.

Notes from the field

After his patrols in February, Abel reported the following:

Monday 18 February: Went to El Socavón, everything fine and no disorder, few parakeets.

Tuesday 19 February: Patrol to El Cañón Largo and Tapanquito [northern area of the Hoya Verde reserves], found Brocket Deer tracks and two gallinas de monte [local name for the endangered, endemic Bearded Wood-partridge], everything fine.

Wednesday 20 February: Cerro de los Tejones [eastern area of el Cañón del Fresno reserve], found very nice new caves and cleared the trail, bushes quite overgrown.

Thursday 21 February: Patrol in Las Canalitas reserve and the neighbouring El Pilón [federal property of CONANP, the Mexican National Commission for Protected Areas], two Singing Quails, no logging or trails in use.

Friday 22 February: Raining, but anyway went to the Piedras Blancas [eastern edge of the Hoya Verde], everything fine, two Crested Guans and quails.

Tuesday 26 February: Patrol to El Arco [eastern area of Las Canalitas reserve], everything fine, found a tree frog of cloud forest and took some pictures.

Wednesday 27 February: Patrol to La Yerbabuena and Cienega [Las Arenitas and neighbouring areas], pond with water and saw tracks of javelina [peccary], they like to shower there.

Thursday 28 February: Lots of rain.

Friday 1 March: Patrol to upper area of the Hoya Verde, found lots of [puma] poo, deer hair on it. The sierra is very fine and wet.

More information

  • World Land Trust has been supporting nature conservation in Mexico's Sierra Gorda since 2007. Find out more »
  • Mexico is part of WLT’s Buy and Acre appeal. For as little as £25 you can help protect more of this threatened habitat and its wildlife forever. Help protect biodiversity in Mexico through Buy an Acre »

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  • WLT supports rangers to protect reserves created with WLT funding. Find out more »

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