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International Park, revisited

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2009, 11:14:15 AM »
Could our officials really be working this time for the international park iniciative?....... :nailbitting:

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August 11, 2009.  Washington, D.C. and Mexico, D.F.--In conjunction with the North American Leaders Summit held in Guadalajara, Mexico, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar and Mexican Minister of Environment and Natural Resources Juan Elvira announced today their commitment to strengthen conservation along the U.S. - Mexico border. The Secretary and the Minister will develop a plan to enhance coordination in the Big Bend and El Carmen area of the border and report to Presidents Barack Obama of the United States and Felipe Calder?n of Mexico in six months. The proposed plan will take advantage of national parks and protected areas already designated in the Big Bend and El Carmen region, without prejudice to each country’s existing legislation, border security, and rights.

“Building upon our shared history of ecosystem and species conservation, the plan will develop a model of bi-national cooperation for the conservation and enjoyment of shared ecosystems for current and future generations,” said Secretary Salazar. With more than 268 river miles and 3 million acres of contiguous parks and protected areas on both sides of the border benefitting under this proposal, 14 percent of the entire U.S.-Mexico border will enjoy strengthened conservation coordination.

The joint announcement marks the renewal of a bilateral process to develop one of the most significant conservation initiatives considered by Mexico and the United States at the border, while also taking into account border security. Sixty-five years ago, the Presidents of the United States and Mexico exchanged letters on the creation of the Big Bend National Park in the United States, wherein they envisioned the conservation of the shared ecosystems on both sides of the Rio Grande in the Big Bend region of Texas in the United States and Chihuahua and Coahuila in Mexico. Mexico later established Ca?on de Santa Elena and Maderas del Carmen protected areas in Chihuahua and Coahuila. Over the years, park rangers, scientists, volunteers, landowners and local communities on both sides of the border have diligently conserved the spectacular landscapes, wilderness, and habitats in both countries, in one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world.

The June 2009 designation of Ocampo Protected Area by President Calder?n completed a critical piece of this vision, forming a contiguous set of protected areas across from Big Bend National Park in the United States. Additional United States protected areas adjacent to Big Bend National Park include: Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River, Big Bend Ranch State Park, and Black Gap Wildlife Management Area, all in Texas.

“The U.S.-Mexico bilateral process is expected to highlight the biodiversity of the region, to consolidate environmental cooperation between the two countries, and could eventually constitute a symbol of the new era of the relation between Mexico and the United States with respect to bilateral cooperation in the conservation area” commented Mexican Minister Elvira. He added that “the Secretaries of the Interior and of the Environment and Natural Resources recognize in this mandate the vision of the Governments and trust that a proposal can be developed soon for further consideration by the Presidents.”



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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2009, 11:57:08 AM »
Could our officials really be working this time for the international park iniciative?....... :nailbitting:

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...The joint announcement marks the renewal of a bilateral process to develop one of the most significant conservation initiatives considered by Mexico and the United States at the border, while also taking into account border security...

Let's hope they are seriously working on it but that last part is always a difficult subject floating around in the background  :pissed:
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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #17 on: August 12, 2009, 10:57:07 PM »
Strengthen Conservation Cooperation in Big Bend Area of the U.S. - Mexico Border  See attached.
« Last Edit: June 10, 2010, 10:51:46 AM by RichardM »

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #18 on: August 12, 2009, 11:00:45 PM »
This is all good.  Where will the border crossings be opened back up?

Al

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #19 on: August 13, 2009, 12:47:51 AM »
This is all good.  Where will the border crossings be opened back up?

Al

 Good question. The logical place for this crossing is to build it in Boquillas,since it is right across the park,there is a lot infrastructure and the dirt roads there are very good since Gov. Moreira turned his batteries to that spot on the planet.

 To set up an ecotouristic crossing (there),meaning no commercial  crossings such as big rigs,containers,you name it would be perfect.RV parks,souvenir stores,restaurants,park bar formally reopened... :eusa_clap:,all things have to be considered to plan it perfectly. Always putting the environmental primary end at first. Of course, this is from my perspective,official word could be San Vicente,Ejido Muzquiz (doubtful), La Linda (no chance,too much to fix there) but i could also be wrong and they could see an opportunity i don't. Thing is the coin is still up in the air with this issue. Plus they still have six months to go, before both sides can present a joint project and many issues to tackle before they come to terms with each other.

 Still they are on the right track,from my point of view.
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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #20 on: November 16, 2009, 03:48:00 PM »
enough talk...let's do it already...

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #21 on: November 16, 2009, 06:39:12 PM »
My daughter found this article today.
http://www.sacurrent.com/blog/queblog.asp?perm=70023

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #22 on: March 14, 2010, 02:06:28 PM »
All these bi-national efforts are meaningless unless there is at least one open border crossing in the area (La Linda?) besides Ojinaga/Presidio. I assume that very few U.S. citizens have ventured into Mexican side of big bend since the prohibition on travel through the park. In fact I'm planning an excursion into the Sierra del Carmen area with Homero later this year.

http://www.nature.org/wherewework/northamerica/states/texas/features/art29779.html

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #23 on: March 14, 2010, 02:54:43 PM »
Looks like this project is moving forward, here is a proposed image of how it will be marked. Nice website Guc126.. :eusa_clap:


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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #24 on: March 14, 2010, 03:32:07 PM »
Boquillas, SDC-Ultimate BBC bender.
     

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #25 on: April 26, 2010, 09:05:41 AM »

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #26 on: April 27, 2010, 12:03:04 AM »
Pardon me for being a bit pessimistic  :eusa_snooty:

Yep, it would be wonderful, especially if the idiotic border closure was ended because of it. However, 80 years of history says talk is cheap on this issue and action is always missing. At least the kind of action that matters. All the experts and specialists waxing poetic about how great it would be does not get it done.

Keep in mind we continue (and are once again) in the throes of a national security panic attack and a greater than usual dose of xenophobia, and all the buzz about the narcotraficantes and especially the situation in Juarez will have a palpable effect on politics even if there's no significant likelihood it would occur in the Bend. It will be truly remarkable if anything substantive comes of this given our paralysis and fear.

I sure would like to sit in Boquillas and have tacos and beer, plus Santa Elena was a completely different experience from Boquillas since they were far less visited or affected by tourists.

Take a look at the reader comments on some of the press articles cited. You will see a decided bias against the idea. Some people are so afraid they never should leave home.
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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #27 on: April 27, 2010, 09:09:58 AM »
They are still talking?.....Pfftt!! :icon_rolleyes:, call me when this  deal is done.

Do you have room for one more? I would love to join youl
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 Of course!!..more details as we progress with this idea, you are more than welcomed.

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #28 on: May 20, 2010, 11:48:44 AM »
Joint Statement from President Barack Obama and President Felipe Calder?n

For Immediate Release May 19, 2010
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The Presidents noted the long history of bilateral cooperation in the conservation of natural and cultural resources.  They recognized that Big Bend National Park and Rio Grande Wild and Scenic River in the United States and the Protected Areas of Maderas del Carmen, Ca?on de Santa Elena, Ocampo, and R?o Bravo del Norte in Mexico together comprise one of the largest and most significant ecological complexes in North America.  In doing so, they recognized that increased cooperation in these protected areas would restrict development and enhance security in the region and within this fragile desert ecosystem.  To preserve this region of extraordinary biological diversity, they expressed their support for the United States Department of Interior and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States to work through appropriate national processes to recognize and designate Big Bend – Rio Bravo as a natural area of binational interest.  The Presidents underscored their commitment to manage the region in a way that enhances security and protects these areas for wildlife preservation, ecosystem restoration, climate change adaptation, wildland fire management, and invasive species control.

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Re: International Park, revisited
« Reply #29 on: May 20, 2010, 12:18:38 PM »
Joint Statement from President Barack Obama and President Felipe Calder?n

For Immediate Release May 19, 2010
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they expressed their support for the United States Department of Interior and the Secretariat of Environment and Natural Resources of the United Mexican States to work through appropriate national processes to recognize and designate



Wow! We are making progress now. We have a fresh statement of the same support for the idea that has been repeated for 60 years, without any actual steps to make it happen. We're nearly there (still, and yet again).

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