Monthly News Bulletin of the Alliance for the Conservation of the Sierra Gorda January 2013 Bulletin
CONTENTS– 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
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.
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
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, better 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 and 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
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