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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: http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturforo/sets/72157632389322604/with/8327974436/  and the winning photo of the cave in Sierra Gorda is here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/naturforo/8326915589/in/set-72157632389322604

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.
Contact: centrotierra@sierragorda.net

The emergence of local entrepreneurship is exciting because local service providers are exploring their potential, strengthening their weaknesses and integrating in a synergy for sustainable develop.
Martha “Pati” Ruiz Corzo, Director, Grupo Ecologico Sierra Gorda IAP

Mujeres de Cuatro PalosYou can donate to this project NOW, click here.  I did.


Women entrepreneurs in the extreme poverty conditions of rural Mexico need seed capital to bridge the gap between current local capacity and the requirements of quality tourism. Cuatro Palos Ecolodge is the first of 15 roadside restaurants and 15 ecolodges seeking help to improve business and livelihoods. Help them build a small lodge with natural materials in a strategic tourist destination they own and operate in the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

In a remote community of 122 members, like Cuatro Palos, every family faces the cycle of extreme poverty, illiteracy, alcoholism, migration, the vulnerability of women with young and elderly dependents and no skills. Help 20 adults to expand the community-based microenterprise by building an ecolodge for tourists to stay the night and to improve the quality of the service and products in order to benefit their local economy and the sustainable future of the Sierra Gorda Biosphere Reserve.

How will this project solve this problem?

Since 2002, the local women have been operating a small restaurant and guide services for tourists to see Cuatro Palos; but with no other products or services, the number of clients is small and irregular. With a new ecolodge that they build themselves, the women will identify personally with the new enterprise, increase the number of attractions for clients to stay longer and spend more, and break the poverty cycle.

Potential Long Term Impact

Learning to build with clay and local materials, to maintain standards of hygiene and to coordinate the services available means the members of the cooperative and their families will gain the know-how to live better. Respect for sustainable criteria among the emblematic small roadside businesses will set a standard for local tourism providers and gain wider attention, in turn encouraging other service providers to follow their lead. As the number of clients increase, so will employment.