Sierra de Quila
This was the first protected area that we visited. It is protected under the Comision Nacional de Areas Naturales Protegidas and its day to day operations are overseen by the Comite Regional de la Sierra de Quila and SEDER. It was created in 1982 with the initial purpose of water resource management. The predominant vegetation is a pine-oak mixed wood forest.
We were given presentations on the reasearch that is currently being undertaken in the Sierra de Quila. Projects include using remote sensing data for forest monitoring, effects of climate change on mountain pine beetle, and resource inventory. We also learned about the importance of the forest to the local community.
In the field we were shown various sites including a weather monitoring station, bug traps, the Cascada Tecolotlan waterfall and the symbol of the protected area the Arbol de la Lira.
We were also given a description of the management issues that the park faces. These include erosion, waste management, safety issues and timber harvest. Also, the management team is looking to increase revenues of the park by promoting tourism and recreation.