Hola Volunteers, Supporters and Friends
The last fourteen Olive Ridley nests found after mid November were placed in one safe location on the beach. By December, I had a feeling they might fail due to the unusually cold temperatures. Through mid February, not a single hatchling had made it to the surface. On the 18th, I was surprised to see the heads of the first hatchling breaking through the surface. May with a little luck the two or three nests may make it to the sea?
On March the 7th, 2003, I attended a meeting in Nuevo Vallarta, sponsored by the State of Nayarit and the Secretary of the Environment and Natural Resources. The objective of this meeting was to present a public hearing of the "Environmental Zoning and Ecological Land Use Planning Program" or in Spanish, "Programa de Ordenamiento Ecológico de Regional de los municipios Bahía de Banderas, Compostela y San Blas" Shortly after this meeting, I posted following article in our April, 2002 newsletter.
National and multi-national land developers have pressed for adoption of what professionals call one of the worst designed environmental land use plans in recent history. At the heart of this ill-designed plan is a singular quest for high-density building that would allow hotels, condominiums, and track homes along the now sparsely populated coast between Punta de Mita and Lo de Marcos, in the State of Nayarit. A continuation of the Puerto Vallarta and Nuevo Vallarta madness. What is lacking is a plan for a better system of roads and consideration for native wildlife including adequate open spaces and wildlife corridors both inland and along the coast. Even the last sections of virgin jungle are on the chopping block, slated for high-density Building.
Since that meeting on March 7th , little has come forth on the progress of the Nayarit States "Programa de Ordenamiento Ecológico", or how it will help us in the future or be enforced. Nevertheless, today ongoing environmental problems within the communities of San Pancho and especially Sayulita have forced conservationists and landowners alike to once again seek the professional help of Dr. Alberto Székely. This time there are more than enough resources to see the job to its completion, unlike two ago years when little funding could be found and our efforts failed.
Frank D. Smith
Grupo Ecológico de la Costa Verde, A.C.