The forests purchased in the Eastern Sierra Madre mountain range will now be under the ownership and protection of WLT’s conservation partner Grupo Ecológico Sierra Gorda (GESG).
Roberto Pedraza Ruiz, Technical Officer of GESG, said “I feel so fortunate and proud about these purchases because it is really protecting habitats for Jaguars, Pumas, Margays and salamanders.”
Preventing cattle ranching
With help from forPlanet and Buy an Acre supporters, a property of 1,191 acres (482 hectares) neighbouring the existing Hoya Verde reserve has been purchased through the Buy an Acre programme.
Roberto explains why this was an important purchase for them “Hoya Verde is one of the wildest areas in Sierra Gorda, but the area to the west side of it was in danger of being purchased by a cattle rancher so its future couldn’t be guaranteed. It was so nice to protect this forest to make sure that its trees wouldn’t be chopped down and turned into pasture land.”
Chasing out chainsaws
Another 139 acres (56 hectares) was purchased with funding from corporate sponsor Puro Fairtrade Coffee. This property borders the GESG’s Agua del Guayamé reserve and is part of a series of properties Puro have helped purchase in the area which helps in the vision to connect this reserve with Cerro Prieto-Cerro La Luz Reserve.
Roberto is pleased with the progress being made to protect this area as “It is basically a big logging area and we are losing time to protect it. But we try to buy properties there before too much has been lost. Now with WLT’s support we have saved these new properties and we are happy that the chainsaws are leaving the forest.”
GESG’s land purchases directly reduce the ranching, logging and hunting threats to Sierra Gorda’s forests, as well as benefitting the local communities with sustainable incomes.