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  General Description   Michilía is located 75 km to the south of the town Durango in the Sierra de Michis, a branch of the Sierra Madre Occidental. The Sierra de Michis consists of igneous rock of the tertiary period. In the reserve, the topography is marked by a high degree of relief. There are several ephemeral streams and lagoons, besides the two permanent streams, Laurel to the west and Temascal to the southeast. There are also marshy meadows in the core area. Pine and Holm oak forests cover the greater part of the reserve. Two species of native fauna have become rare, the black bear (Ursus americanus) and wolf (Canis lupus). More than 500 inhabitants live in the buffer zones and 30,000 (1998) in the transition areas, engaged in agriculture, forestry and cattle ranching. They have traditionally maintained their authority of decisions related to the management of resources in their grazing and farming activities. The reserve’s management plan considers external pressures for the use of natural resources in the area, as well as local knowledge of resource management. An association is being formed under the control of the government of the State of Durango and the scientific direction of the Institute of Ecology, to coordinate the activities of the communal farm and small graziers, in order to protect the fauna and flora and to test new systems for the management of natural resources.
  Major ecosystem type   Mixed mountain and highland systems
  Major habitats & land cover types   Oak forest; oak-pine forest; pine forest; Juniperus communities; grasslands; semiarid scrub
  Location   23°25' to 23°30'N; 104°15' to 104°21'W
  Area (hectares)    
  Total   35,000
  Core area(s)  
  Buffer zone(s)  
  Transition area(s) when given  
  Altitude (metres above sea level)   +2,000 to +2,985
  Year designated   1977
  Administrative authorities   Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas (CONANP); Secretaría de Medio Ambiente y Recursos Naturales (SEMARNAT) Camino al Ajusco 200, 3er piso, Jardines en la Montaña, Tlalpan, C.P. 14210, México, D.F. Tel.: (618) 825 62 33 Fax: (618) 812 51 37 E-mal:; Instituto de Ecología, A.C. This is a Federal Natural Protected Area. By an agreement, this Biosphere Reserve was transfered to the Institute of Ecology for its management.
  Brief description   Forest ecology
Animal ecology: Odocoileus virginianus and Meleagris gallopavo
Fire ecology
Mexican gray wolf (Canis lupus baileyi) conservation project
  Specific variables...    
  Abiotic   n.a.
  Biodiversity   Birds, conservation, ecology, fires/fire ecology, forest systems, mammals, wildlife.
  Socio-economic   n.a.
  Integrated monitoring   n.a.
  Contact address   Julio Alberto Carrera Treviño
Vivero Forestal del Parque Guadiana s/n, Fracc. Los Remedios, Durango
34100 Durango
  Telephone   (52.618) 825 62 33
  Fax   (52.618) 812 51 37
  Web site

Last updated: 08/03/2011

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