El Charco Del Ingenio Botanical Garden Newsletter
June, 2008 - Volume III, No. 6
OUR MISSION: To protect and preserve our natural heritage and help build an environmental culture while developing a Botanical Garden dedicated to Mexican flora and providing an oasis of peace and tranquility for all. Please tell your friends and prospective members/supporters how to access the newsletter and help broaden the base of support for the Botanical Garden.
NOPAL GARDEN: starting the collection
In collaboration with researchers from the Botanical Garden of the Autonomous University of México (UNAM), El Charco has begun work on exchanging and collecting specimens of this genus of cactus, so abundant and emblematic of our country. The goal is to establish an area for exhibition of these plants, the Nopal Garden, which will be located near the Conservatory of Mexican Plants. The collection process is being coordinated by Dra. Leia Sheinvar, from the UNAM Institute of Biology, and entails rigorous identification, with name and source, of the collected specimens.
Mario Mendoza, Technical Director of the Botanical Garden and head of the collection team, has begun its work in various zones in the state of Guanajuato. We appreciate the generous economic support of Mrs. Robyn Flintoff, North American resident of San Miguel, for the establishment of the new Nopal Garden in El Charco.
Save The Laja funds
A significant part of the funds given to the Botanical Garden in 2007 by this environmental foundation were used during the month of May for intensive restoration works for the Las Colonias reservoir. Taking advantage of the empty basin of the reservoir, a large amount of black earth was removed with heavy machinery in order to create new islands, trenches for capturing water and banks on the shores of the reservoir.
The idea has been to expand the work done up to now for the Botanical Garden wetland, which has had very good results in terms of our three objectives: the creation of niches for wildlife refuges and nesting areas for wild birds, the establishment of wooded landscapes, and the mitigation - to some extent - of the siltification of the reservoir.
A good part of the contribution by Save the Laja to El Charco has not been spent. The funds are destined for complementary works on the artificial wetland for the treatment of waste water, which continues under construction in Landeta Park.
World Environment Day
As has become tradition, on June 5 various commemorative activities will take place in San Miguel, sponsored by governmental offices as well as citizens' organizations. In El Charco, World Environment Day will be celebrated one day later, on Friday, June 6, with a tree-planting day carried out by local primary school children and groups of volunteers. This day is organized by the Botanical Garden with the support of the Save the Children foundation (FAI) and the Evironmental Education Program (PEASMA: email@example.com).
Guided Tours of El Charco
Recently published book
Artists for El Charco
Starting with this issue of the newsletter, every month we will include images from each of these artists, who offer a new dimension to the conservation project of El Charco del Ingenio.
oil painting by Canadian San Miguel resident Keith Miller
New dues for member of the Charco starting in July
After ten years of keeping the annual membership dues at 500 pesos, the board of directors of the Botanical Garden have decided to increase it by 100 pesos. The advantages of membership are:
El Charco Gift Shop
FULL MOON CEREMONY:
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