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The Greater Big Bend Coalition is an international, member-based organization whose supporters help protect the Greater Big Bend Ecosystem through advocacy and financial contributions.  Take the first step; act now and support Chihuahuan Desert lands, waters and wildlife protected in this ecosystem.

JMission

The Greater Big Bend Coalition (GBBC) is a conservation organization protecting the desert lands, rivers, mountains and wildlife of the Greater Big Bend Ecosystem of Texas and northern Mexico.  The region stretches across the US/Mexico Rio Grande border and includes nearly 8000 square miles of protected lands in US National Parks, Texas State Parks and Protected Areas in Mexico.

Vision

All major stakeholders and the general public representing private and public lands are working together with the support of government agencies in the US and Mexico to preserve and protect the northern Chihuahuan Desert within the Greater Big Bend region.

The Greater Big Bend is a collection of protected areas in the Southwest U.S. and northern Mexico located within the Chihuahuan Desert eco-region.  Protected areas are managed by state and federal government agencies in Mexico and the United States and by non-profit organizations protecting natural areas through conservation easements.  Private landowners are important stakeholders who voluntarily help to protect the Chihuahuan Desert of the Greater Big Bend.  Funding that supports conservation efforts comes largely from taxpayers and recreational users in both countries making the number of people supporting the Greater Big Bend directly or indirectly over 441 million.

Major issues that the Greater Big Bend Coalition will be working on include completing the now 80 year old proposal to establish a Big Bend International Park, alerting the public and elected officials to major threats to the wilderness aspects of the Greater Big Bend, advocating for the restoration of habitats impacted by human activities and the reintroduction of extirpated species.

The following list of protected areas of the Great Big Bend Region of the Chihuahuan Desert in the Southwest US and northern Mexico is a work in progress.   Please send missing areas and website links to ricklobello@gmail.com.   Links will be added to this page in the near future.

UNITED STATES
Big Bend National Park
Big Bend Wild and Scenic River
Big Bend Ranch State Natural Area
Black Gap Wildlife Management Area
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Castner Range National Monument (proposed)
Chamizal National Monument
Chihuahuan Desert Nature Park
Chihuahuan Desert Research Institute and Nature Center
Davis Mountains Preserve
Davis Mountains State Park
Elephant Mountain Wildlife Management Area
Franklin Mountains State Park
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Hueco Tanks State Park
Jornada Experimental Range
Lincoln National Forest
Organ Mountains Desert Peaks National Monument
Rio Grande Wetlands Park
Resler Canyon
Thunder Canyon
White Sands National Monument

MEXICO
Monumento Río Bravo del Norte in México
Maderas del Carmen Protected Area, Coahuila
Ocampo Natural Protected Area, Coahuila
Cañón de Santa Elena Protected Area, Chihuahua

If you are interested in being a part of the core or extended Greater Big Bend Coalition steering committee contact Rick LoBello at ricklobello@gmail.com.

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Texas Regions Map, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

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Strategic Goals

  1. One of the top priorities of the Greater Big Bend Coalition is to gain public support to establish the now 80 year old proposal to establish an International Park or other internationally protected designation in the area of Big Bend National Park and northern Mexico. We will continue to collect signatures on our change.org petition as a way of gathering more support for our efforts. The petition reads as follows.

We the undersigned call upon the governments and the United States and Mexico to work together in establishing the Big Bend Rio Bravo Binational Natural Area.

Big Bend Rio Bravo Binational Natural Area

1. A Big Bend Rio Bravo Binational Natural Area will help to call attention to the importance of protecting the entire Big Bend and adjoining areas in Coahuila and Chihuahua, Mexico, and their fragile environments from development projects that could be harmful to the environment and ecotourism. Protecting this fragile desert mountain region and its wildlife and culture is important to people who live there and to our natural heritage and global ecotourism which is important to the economy of both countries and the world.
2. A Big Bend Rio Bravo Binational Natural Area will help the people of both countries build stronger partnerships along the US Mexico border.
3 – A Big Bend Rio Bravo Binational Natural Area will be an example of how our governments and citizens can pursue through cooperation and collaboration a great humanitarian project that celebrates the border region and helps both countries improve their perceptions of what a border is and what a border can be.

Sponsored by the Greater Big Bend Coalition with support from the El Paso Sierra Club Group, El Paso, Texas.   Learn more and see a map of at Greater Big Bend Coalition.

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