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Lower Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Binational Ecosystem Group
Southwest Region, November 16, 2004
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The VII Lower Rio Grande/Rio Bravo Binational Ecosystem Group meeting was held in McAllen, Texas on November 15-16, 2004. This Binational group consist of a core group from the Service (Corpus Christi Ecological Services Field Office and the South Texas Refuge Complex), Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD), The Nature Conservancy (TNC), SEMARNAT (Equivalent to the Service in Mexico), SEDUE (Equivalent to TPWD in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico), La Agencia de Protección del Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (Natural Resource Agency in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico) and Pronatura (Equivalent to TNC in Mexico). There were 20 presentations on wildlife research, restoration, protection and management of habitats, landowner conservation programs, wildlife corridors, rare plants found in Tamaulipas, eco-regional planning, and environmental education projects that are taking place on both sides of the border of South Texas/Mexico. This group developed an Ecosystem Binational Management Plan from Falcon Dam to Laguna Madre and 60 miles north and south of the border to address environmental issues and identify strategies to address these issues. The group also developed a habitat map to actually assess existing habitat that on both sides of the border. With this information, the group can work together to establish wildlife corridors along Laguna Madre, along the river, and south of Falcon Dam along two major rivers that connect a Natural Protected Area (Sierra Picachos)in the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico. Other participants involved were Sierra Club, Environmental Defense, The University of British Columbia, The University of Nuevo Leon, and The University of Tamaulipas, Mexico.

Contact Info: Martin Valdez, 505-248-6599, martin_valdez@fws.gov



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