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Photos: Cooperative Action for Conservation in the Big Bend/Rio Bravo Region


October 25, 2011

On October 24, Secretary Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada announced a working plan that identifies the next steps for the continued coordination between the two countries in the protection and preservation of the transnational Big Bend/Rio Bravo region – North America’s largest and most diverse desert ecosystem.

Following the announcement, the Secretaries and Ambassador participated in a wildlife release on the U.S. side of the border, demonstrating the results of successful coordination efforts in reaching a common conservation goal. Joined by members of the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Salazar, Elvira, and Wayne helped with the transport and release of 267,000 Rio Grande Silvery Minnows as part of an ongoing recovery project for the endangered species.


  • Secretary Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada sign a a working plan that identifies the next steps for the continued coordination between the U.S. and Mexico in the protection and preservation of the transnational Big Bend/Rio Bravo region. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada
  • Secretary Salazar joins (L-R) U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada transport and release Rio Grande Silvery Minnows as part of an ongoing recovery project for the endangered species. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar, Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne.
  • Secretary Salazar joins (L-R) a U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Official and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada to release Rio Grande Silvery Minnows as part of an ongoing recovery project for the endangered species. Lizzie Marsters-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada
  • Secretary Salazar stands with (L-R) Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne after releasing Rio Grande Silvery Minnows. Tami A. Heilemann-Office of Communications
    Secretary Salazar
  • Secretary Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada
  • Secretary Salazar, Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada and U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne.
  • Secretary Salazar and Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Rafael Elvira Quesada
  • Secretary Salazar