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Page 18.- Raised in these great valleys a species of red deer, on which there are the Bezares stones, that they have the standing and size of a common deer, only differentiated in the antlers they have no gore or points in them but smooth as goats, that is what they call it here, horn goat, and because the demand of these stones is such, have it under treaty these Chichimecan Indians where they go about hunting them, and the stones these people find are traded with the Spaniards for robes, knifes, hats, and other trades, that they are so malicious and dubious that they make these stones come back alive, That they misconfuse the most savvy of connoisseurs .Alfonso Mota y EscobarBishop of Guadalajara, during a pastoral visit to Coahuila in 1603. It has been more than half a century, during the 1940’s, that Coahuila lost the Cimarron ram and the Pronghorn Antelope in its territory. Several decades later after loosing the Bison.
One more, which is a link of a vegetative study of the Maderas Del Carmen:http://nhnm.unm.edu/vlibrary/pubs_archive/nmnhp/nonsensitive/U99WOO02NMUS.pdfIt was interesting that one section in this report says that the upper elevations of the Del Carmens receive 40 inches of rain annually...double that of the Chisos high country. No wonder there are streams and lakes up there.
But the important story of the Maderas del Carmen is not its magnificent scenery and marvelous wildlife. Instead, the big story here is the active project by the world's second largest cement conglomerate - CEMEX - to protect and restore the Maderas and surrounding landscapes. The total area eventually will include about 500,000 acres of rugged landscape located just south of the Rio Grande in the Mexican state of Coahuila. And unlike other large protected areas, such as national and state parks in Mexico and the United States, the "El Carmen" project, at least in the short-term, limits visits to scientists and resource specialists. General public use and commercial interests are not permitted.
Roger, Roger...It is from your link to the Texas nature blogspot, that i read what summarizes the most: None intervention of human beings. That definetly has to be the true garden of Eden. One can only imagine.
In the fall of 1987 (before CEMEX took over), I did a five day horse trip into the Maderas del Carmen from Boquillas. We used the chalupa (rowboat) to ferry our gear across and a truck to take us to a ranch about 20 kms in. There we got our horses and several burros for our gear and rode to the Ca?on de la Media Luna, where we camped. The next day we climbed up to one of the abandoned logging camps, where we made ourselves comfortable for a few days. We rode on the old logging roads and explored the high country, and it seemed like we were in Colorado. There were tall trees, running streams with cold clear water, and lots of bear sign, though we never did see a bear. I'd love to have a chance to go back.
Maybe Joe was talking about this site:http://www.gen.tv/MuseoPreview/Where/where.htm
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