Sonoran Desert - CO River Valley
The Sierra San Francisco is a low-desert mountain range at the edge of the Gran Desierto of northwest Sonora. This range is owned by an ejido and protected as desert bighorn sheep habitat.
Early 2015 was quite lush due to good winter rains and previous-year hurricane remnant moisture.
A floristic account is provided for the cactus family as part of the vascular plant flora of the contiguous protected areas of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, Cabeza Prieta National Wildlife Refuge, and the Tinajas Altas Region in the heart of the Sonoran Desert in southwestern Arizona. The modern native cactus flora includes 35 taxa in 12 genera, plus 2 non-native prickly- pears that are not established in the flora area.
Please contact regional land and wildlife managers as well as Mexican delegates for the UNESCO WHS program. Remember these officials likely agree with you, so be respectful and constructive. Thank you.
Contact info for Permanent Delegation to UNESCO at this link
Regional and national CONANP managers:
Federico Godinez Leal
Director, Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve
Biol. Carlos Castillo Sanchez
Director de la Region Noroeste y Alto Golfo de California, Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas
David Gutierrez Carbonell
Director General de Manejo para la Conservacion de Areas Naturales Protegidas, Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas
Luis Fueyo Mac Donald
Titular de Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas
Southern California based off-roaders are organizing a "TRUE off-road" rally race across some of the most intact and undamaged land in North America. The exact route has not been released to the public or participants to prevent scouting. Most likely it will occur to the west or southwest of the El Pinacate and Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve and potentially within the Alto Golfo de California Biosphere Reserve in western Sonora.
This area is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site and part of numerous protected areas on both sides of the border together making one of the largest protected areas in North America. Beyond these designations it is incredibly beautiful and biologically rich. More than 540 species of vascular plants, 44 mammals, more than 200 birds and over 40 reptiles inhabit the seemingly inhospitable desert*. Noteworthy species include the Sonoran Pronghorn, an endemic subspecies restricted to the south-western Arizona and north-western Sonora and threatened by extinction.
Photo log from the El Camino Del Diablo... from Tule Well in the west to Bates Well in Organ Pipe National Monument in the east. Photos taken by Mikal Jakubal in early 2013.