In Baja California we can find terrestrial and marine natural areas with high biological richness and environmental value, these areas have different protection categories. Currently there are over 500 natural protected areas in Mexico that represent over 90 million hectares. This is part of the efforts of the federal government through the Commission of Natural Protected Areas, also known as Conanp.
There are 20 natural protected areas in Baja California in the following categories:
Terra Peninsular was born from a love for the land: for plants, animals, landscapes, and living in harmony with each other. I know it sounds naïve, but dreaming is the first step to making them a reality.
I had the honor of growing up in Baja California, in Kumiai lands, in a family that loves the peninsula and the countryside, beaches and quails, traveling and exploring the unique charm that our great Baja California offers.
Baja California is a unique place where you can find a variety of landscapes: sandy beaches, mountains, pine forests, wetlands, matorral, agaves, volcanoes and amazing sunsets. Due to urban growth, these natural areas are more vulnerable; the habitats of thousands of plants and animals are in danger of being destroyed.
Our mission is to protect natural areas, and one way to do it is through a certificate by the federal government known as Area Destined for Conservation.
In the region of San Quintin and El Rosario there are 4 nature reserves certified in this category:
For centuries art has been a tool that has helped us to know and understand the natural world. Before cameras existed, explorers and painters showed us the nature that surrounded them through drawings, painting and other disciplines.
The collective exhibition Travesia(journey in English) seeks to share the source of inspiration that nature provides. It’s part of the San Quintin Bird Festival and the Community Engagement program.
We greatly regret the departure of Barbara Massey, a very dear person who, with her passion for conservation and concern for theconservation of wetlands, supported the founding of nonprofits such as Pro Esteros and Terra Peninsular.
We send a big hug to her family and loved ones, her legacy will remain with us for many years to come.
By Pablo Arturo López Guijosa, Chasing World Heritage
Road Trips are fun. I have done many of the top rated road trips all around the world, including the Great Ocean Road, Jebel Hafeet, a World Heritage site in the United Arab Emirates, and Milford Road, New Zealand, also a World Heritage site.
But as a Mexican, one of the road trips that I have always wanted to do was the Baja Peninsula. In this little strip of land which seems to be separated from Mexico, you can find three World Heritage sites:
Whale Sanctuary of El Vizcaino
Islands and Protected Areas of the Gulf of California
Rock Paintings of the Sierra de San Francisco
Besides, it is right in front of another very important World Heritage site:
This article was translated by Amairani Márquez and Manuel Eduardo Mendoza
Few doubt about the biocultural diversity of Mexico and the importance of urgently encouraging sustainable development. What is less known is that most of the natural resources of Mexico are on socially and privately owned lands, which requires a joint effort between society and government to build a viable future.
By 2019 Mexico managed to decree 11.13% of its land area as Natural Protected Areas. However, conserving territory under presidential decree is increasingly complicated and expensive. On the other hand, conservation from the beginning is a model that is more feasible because it is based on the will of people.
In addition to planning your trip it’s important to know how to camp without leaving a trace and that is what the second of the seven Leave No Trace principles is about.
How to travel and camp without leaving a trace? Selecting an appropriate campsite is the most important aspect of a low-impact outing. Always remember that the right places to set up camp are found, not built.
Remember that the principles are a guide to enjoy natural areas without damaging them and are very useful when you go for a walk on the beach, in the woods, when you go hiking or camping.
Around February and March it’s normal to see that on the outskirts of the cities the slopes are painted in colors with the flowering of a great variety of species. The awakening of the wildflowers of previous years left us with great memories of colorful landscapes, and aroused in many people amazement and curiosity about the wild flora of our region.
In the last years we have had little rains, which makes us foresee that this season the flowering will not be as abundant as in previous seasons, as it happened in the 2019 super bloom. The spring time is approaching and nature is sometimes very unpredictable, the approaching rains may give us a very nice surprise. Meanwhile, get ready to enjoy nature, spring break is almost here and it’s during this season that we can leave an impact on nature.