Second Anniversary of the Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve

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By Terra Peninsular

On April 18, 2017, the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (Conanp) certified the Monte Ceniza Nature Reserve, located in San Quintín.

The nature reserve of 1984 acres is owned by Terra Peninsular and is protected for exclusive conservation purposes.

Monte Ceniza was certified as an Area Voluntarily Destined for Conservation (ADVC in Spanish), a conservation tool that aims to protect the natural heritage of Mexico. Currently there are 336 areas certified as ADVC which is equivalent to 1,250,150 acres.

The nature reserve can be seen from Molino Viejo. Photo: Antonieta Valenzuela.

At Monte Ceniza is one of the eleven extinct volcanoes of San Quintín, is an area of ecological importance that presents wetlands, seagrass beds, lichens and diversity of mammals and reptiles, as well as being a resting site for migratory birds.

Within the nature reserve, specimens of the San Quintín kangaroo rat were found during monitoring activities in 2018, this species was believed to have been extinct for 30 years.

Photo: Antonieta Valenzuela.

In addition to Monte Ceniza, Terra Peninsular protects three natural reserves certified as ADVC in the region: the Punta Mazo Nature Reserve in San Quintín, the Valle Tranquilo Nature Reserve in El Rosario, and the Rancho La Concepción Natural Reserve in the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir.

The list of ADVC in Mexico can be found here 

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