Ranching has been the sole livelihood in this region for generations. The land can not keep up with the demands of the people and productivity has decreased from years of overgrazing. Extractive agriculture practices contribute to erosion, soil and biodiversity loss, and degradation of this fragile ecosystem. Large swaths of land are bulldozed and planted with buffelgrass, an invasive species that further threatens biodiversity. The jaguars’ preferred prey items, deer and javelina, are often viewed as competitors for the limited resources of grass and water and shot by ranchers.
Buffelgrass pastures in Sahuaripa
Agroforestry workshop in the community of Sehuadehuachi, Sahuaripa
La Tierra del Jaguar provides education and technical assistance in implementing agroforestry systems that restore land and diversify income. By using native species that benefit humans and wildlife, we can restore degraded land, increase habitat connectivity, and foster appreciation for wildlife.
Agave and Mesquite Agroforestry
The key to restoring the land of the jaguar
Living and working in the community has revealed that ranchers are aware of the effects of environmental degradation and climate change, but unsure of solutions or actions they can take to reverse or adapt to them.
Developing long-term buy-in is key to successful restoration on private land. This means finding ways to keep low income communities land financially productive and restorative.