|Condor Country, Sierra San Pedro Martir (photo courtesy of Alan Harper, PhD – photographer and Terra board member)|
Thanks to your continued generosity, Terra Peninsular continues conserving the natural and cultural resources in the Peninsula of Baja California. Since 2001, Terra has worked to protect over 1.4 Million acres of critically important lands in Baja California, using conservation science and successful partnerships with national and international nonprofit organizations, the Mexican and US government, and indigenous and local communities.
|Indigenous Communities of Baja California|
In partnership with the PaiPai and Kumiai native communities of Baja California, Terra has worked to protect one of the last wild habitat and some of the most intact ecosystems within this critical area Terra also helped build a visitor center and museum that celebrates the conservation traditions of the original inhabitants of the Peninsula. Teaming up with a binational group of scientists, Terra will participate with the development of a long-term conservation plan, to include the reforestation of 74 acres of Yucca shidigera and Salvia apiana for conservation and commercial uses in Ejido La Huerta (a Cochimi community), and the reforestation of 100 acres of Yucca shidigera at Misión Santa Catarina (a Pai Pai community).
In partnership with other organizations and the government, Terra Peninsular hopes to achieve what once was only a dream in 2000: the creation of a federally designated 297,000-acre Natural Protected Area in San Quintin Bay.
And while our most urgent project is protecting San Quintin Bay, Terra is simultaneously working to conserve valuable resources on other parts of the peninsula and needs your continued support:
- Purchase 3,000 acres of coastal sage scrub near the Pacific Ocean (an unprotected Biological Hotspot designated by Conservation International)
- Protect the Sierra de Juarez mountains from ill-designed energy projects
- Establish a corridor for wildlife movement along the peninsula’s Pacific Coast from Erendira to El Rosario
- Expand the forest reserves of Sierra de Juarez and Sierra San Pedro Martir
- Continue cultural preservation work with the Kumiai and Paipai indigenous communities
- Launch a volunteer and outreach program in southern California and Baja California
|Coastal sage scrub against the setting sun in Punta Banda (Photo courtesy of Alan Harper, PhD, photographer and Terra Board Member)|
Terra Peninsular exists because people like you believe it is everybody’s responsibility to preserve our beautiful landscapes and our irreplaceable biological diversity for future generations.
Happy New Year!