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January News from the Sierra Gorda Movement, Mexico

Monthly News Bulletin of the Alliance for the Conservation of the Sierra Gorda January 2013 Bulletin


– Mountain Biking Fun for Those Who Seek It
– Regenerative Agriculture and Livestock Management
– Invitations issued for Earth Festivals 2013
– Photo of the Month
– Announcements:  Earth Center: Invitations for March 2013
– Buy regional products
– News in the media

Mountain Biking Fun for Those Who Seek It

Rural trails

Currently, Sierra Gorda Ecotours is offering and developing trails in the Sierrafor mountain bikers.  Thanks to its rugged terrain and high mountains, the Sierra is ideal for this sport, also considering the incredible views and natural beauty along the routes.

Biking routes

Casual and experienced bikers welcome.

The biking circuits are adaptable for any level of physical fitness or experience, be it a short morning’s ride to the Tancama ruins from Jalpan, or a 6 or 8 hour day descending from the highest mountains in Pinal de Amoles among the conifer forests, all the way down to the tropical forests that surround Jalpan. For more risk-taking cyclists who like to get an adrenaline fix, we offer kilometers of singletrack and old horse roads that require experience and present a technical challenge and lots of fun for those who seek it.

Regenerative Agriculture and Livestock Management

Holistic Management of Livestock

Holistic Management of Livestock

 Bosque Sustentable A.C. has exceeded its original goals for work with arable and pastoral farmers with 150 hectares of regenerative grazing and 30 hectares of organic agriculture. The harvests for 2012 have more than doubled and the quality of the soils in those land parcels has improved.  The soils have improved thanks to having improved nutrient and water cycles, Keyline Design on the Landscapebetter community dynamics and energy flow, with less space between pasture grasses benefitting grazing cattle. We have new rural partners adopting carbon agriculture and livestock farming practices, all of them convinced of the benefits and results. The low costs, crops free of agrochemicals, increased yields in food Sub-Soil Tractor for Keyline Designand pasture production, and the most important thing: contributing to reduction of global warming and raising the water and carbon stored in the soil. By regenerating the soil we are recuperating its fertility and productivity.

Wild Sierra Gorda – Photo of the Month   Photographer: Roberto Pedraza

Roberto Pedraza Ruiz won First Prize in the Subterranean Category

With a picture of a cave in Sierra Gorda, Roberto Pedraza Ruíz, Technical Assistant of the GESGIAP and active nature photographer, was awarded First Place in one of 8 categories in the international competition “1st Naturfoto Nature photography Prize”, in the category – subterranean photography. Roberto’s image will be published along with the other winners in the prestigious magazine Super Foto Digital, as well as the promotion for photographers through Naturfoto’s web based interviews.

The gallery with the winning images is here:  and the winning photo of the cave in Sierra Gorda is here:

Sierra Gorda Earth Center
Forums and Workshops 2013

 National Forum on Waste Water, “Sierra Gorda” Case Study
Date: 28 of February and 01 of March, 2013
Place: Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P. Offices, Jalpan de Sierra, Qro.
Speakers: Terry Griffith and Kris McCamant
Cost: $2,150 (partial grants available upon request)
Workshop on Regenerative Management of the Soil
Date: 8,9 and 10 of March, 2013
Place: Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda I.A.P. Offices, Jalpan de Sierra, Qro.
Subjects: Ecosystem services, regenerative agriculture and animal husbandry, Keyline Design.

Earth from Above, a view of the Sierra Gorda by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

To express and capture the beauty and life of the dynamic, colorful and extraordinary passion that  characterize the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve and civil movement to protect it is a gift. Watch this 11 minute documentary, an inspired production (remember Sierra Gorda boasts green macaws, not blue).

Pati Ruiz Corzo and Yann Arthus-Bertrand met in 2008 in Dubai during the first World Agenda Council of the World Economic Forum, the most outspoken and emotionally connected members willing to speak on behalf of Nature.  That connection was real and when the Vu du Ciel t.v. series decided to include profiles of Heros for Nature, Yann brought his film crew to the Sierra Gorda.  Famous for his mega photo exhibition, Earth From Above, Yann´s work was chosen for the U.N. Year of the Forests describing environmental services and societies role.  Of Forests and Men is translated into 7 languages, click here.

We are amazed how many people have recognized Pati from that one time airing of the segment on French National Television and this year, Good Planet Foundation donated the segment for translation and subtitling in English and Spanish to share with a wider public.  Share this and inspire people to protect our living planet.