The restoration of key habitats has been achieved though the construction of thousands of small rock dams, berms, and gabions in eroded areas. CLO also worked to remove exotic species, aerate soils, apply seeding and manage grasslands through controlled burns and rotational grazing. Up to date, more than 4,000 acres of grasslands have been aerated and reseeded, at least 15% of an historic wetland has been restored and 8 miles of rivers are now flowing year round. Restoring habitat has been key to bring back native wildlife populations such as Coues deers, Black bears and Gould’s turkeys.
The Madrean Archipelago is one of the most ecologically diverse and rich landscapes in western North America. Through collaboration between environmental groups and governmental agencies, more than a million acres have been protected in the ecoregion. At the center of this conservation area are the lands of CLOs, with over 130,000 acres in Mexico alone. They form the liaison between the USA and Mexico and secure a vital piece of the greater continental migratory route that extends along the western spine of the North and South American Continents.
Sustainability, Community & Art
Building upon what we have learned – that it is possible to restore even the most degraded land – we would like to share this knowledge with others and influence society at large about the need to prioritize restoration and place a higher value on natural resources. The Foundation seeks to support this vision through community education, sustainable resource management and art.