A Listening Session Opens Doors

by Howard Quigley, PhD

Between Tepic and the Sierra de Vallejo Reserve, we visited a community forest and brought the representatives of five ejidos together with Juan José, the local director of CONANP, Mexico’s protected area and endangered species authority. They’re urging the federal government to give them official protected area status in hopes of unlocking funds for more research and security measures on their lands.

The ejidos showed us pictures of jaguars they had taken with camera traps purchased with their own money and described the efforts they are taking collectively to protect the area. These conservation advocates have few resources, but they know the value of their efforts and want to continue. We think we might be able to help.

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