Conifer expeditions - Mexico (1)
Mexico, with its 93+ species and varieties of conifers, has been a very special place for any conifer explorer. Sufficient amount of time, good vehicles and helpful guides, adequate funds and lots of hiking are needed to make sure that all (or all the most important) conifer taxa can be visited in their native habitats. For our Dendrological Atlas project team the door to this fantastic land was opened by Professor Boone Hallberg of Ixtlán de Juárez, Oaxaca, who provided us with the first guided tours in that state (November 1990) and later, a perfect base camp for our subsequent Earthwatch- and IDRI-supported expeditions between 1991 and 2004. We finally spent well over one year to complete our studies in Mexico and even so, quite a few areas remained that sooner or later we would like to further explore or re-visit. To mention just the most important contacts, we were blessed by helpful cooperation with Professor Jerzy Rzedowski and Dr. Sergio Zamudio Ruiz, Instituto de Ecología A.C., Centro Regional de Bajío, Pátzcuaro, Michoacán; Professor Enrique N. Guízar, Division de Ciencias Forestales, Universidad Autonoma Chapingo; Professor Jorge A. Pérez de la Rosa, Instituto de Botánica, Zapopan, Jalisco; Gustavo Ramírez Santiago, Director General, Corredor Biológico Mesoamericano–México, Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad, Tlalpan, México, D.F.; and many staff members of local forestry and conservation organizations such as (with their acronyms) CONACYT, INIFAP, SARH, SEDUE/SEDESOL, and UCODEFO. Many thanks for them! – Later, we will post details of our memorable explorations on this site.