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Trilateral MOU for Cross-Border Conservation
Southwest Region, July 5, 2007
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The Laguna Atascosa NWR manager, refuge staff and Corpus Christi ES staff (Alamo Suboffice) met with Comision Nacional de Areas Protejidas (Natural Protected Areas) officials from Laguna Madre in Tamaulipas, Mexico to discuss a Trilateral MOU to establish a sister park between Laguna Atascosa NWR and Laguna Madre NPA in Mexico.  ES staff translated and gave an ES perspective to the refuge venture.  The Service is to coordinate with Mexico on a GIS map/GAP analysis identifying wildlife corridors along the coast of Laguna Madre to eventually connect corridors between the Refuge and the NPA for birds and the endangered ocelot where genetic exchange is key for the survival of the species in South Texas.  Also, they will work on environmental education, habitat restoration, and establishing conservation strategies and easements with landowners in Mexico, identify common issues, and exchange information.

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



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