Sister Parks in Mexico

Evans Canyon and creek in the Ajos-Bavispe Forest Reserve

Evans Canyon and Creek in the Ajos-Bavispe Forest Resesrve

Several National Park Service sites have established "sister park" relationships with national parks in other countries. These partnerships increase information sharing and direct park-to-park contacts, primarily through the use of improved telecommunications technologies. Coronado National Memorial has two sister parks in Mexico. Beginning in October of 1996, Ajos-Bavispe National Forest Reserve and Wildlife Refuge, Chiricahua National Monument, and Coronado National Memorial initiated a partnership effort to promote the sharing of information and expertise along the México-United States border. The goal of this partnership is to strengthen the management of ecosystems across the Arizona-Sonora border for the common goal of enhancing conservation of similar natural and cultural resources. In 2003, El Chico National Park, located in the state of Hidalgo, became our newest sister park. The following broad goals describe our vision for these sister park relationships:

  • To meet annually at one of the parks on a rotating basis to continue the orientation of new employees and exchange of experiences between personnel in such topics as: the development of conservation strategies, resource management, research, protection, and education. These meetings may include other cooperators and partners as appropriate. More frequent meetings will occur with specific staff members as needed to complete specific projects.
  • To provide mutual assistance with planning efforts related to management, development, and operations.
  • To expand scientific knowledge of all three areas through cooperative research projects.
  • To cross-train staffs in a variety of disciplines, including such topics as: resource protection and investigation skills and operations to promote safety and resource preservation, special status species, fire management, and environmental education. Explore the loan of employees on details to other areas where appropriate for professional development and to provide assistance.
  • To develop environmental education and training programs for all areas and local communities wherever possible to promote public awareness, understanding, and participation in conservation and the sustainable use of border resources.
  • To be alert for joint opportunities and creative in finding ways to accomplish these. Don’t hesitate to bring in other cooperators. Support and encourage each other.

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