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Alliance for the Conservation of the Central American Pine-Oak Forest . Central American Pine-Oak Forest Ecoregion 103,842.71 km 2. Importance. Zone of high conifer diversity (high levels of hybridization and a center of speciation of pines)
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Potential habitat in the ecoregion (red): 19,510 km²
Potential habitat in protected areas (pink): 1,449 km².
1990-93. Pronatura Chiapas (Mexico) began studies of Golden-cheeked Warbler in pine-oak forest
1995. Studies of Rappole et al. documenting the winter range in Central America
1999. Conservation project for Golden-cheeked Warbler initiated in Sierra de Las Minas, Guatemala
1999. SalvaNatura (El Salvador) began studies of the avifauna of pine-oak forest
2000-03. FDN (Guatemala) and Pronatura conducted studies of distribution and ecology and implemented conservation actions in pine-oak forest
2001. FDN sponsored a workshop on the conservation of the warbler in its winter range in Río Hondo, Guatemala
2001. Formation of an alliance for the conservation of the warblerand development of standardized methodologies for the study of the species in its wintering habitat at the Rio Hondo workshop
2002-2003. FDN, Pronatura, and SalvaNatura participated in the project “Quercus and Aves” funded by NMBCA, a multinational collaborative project for the conservation of Mesoamerican temperate forests
2003-2005. Pronatura developed the project “Conservation of temperate forests and capacity building in Mexico, Guatemala, and Honduras” with NMBCA funding
2003. A symposium on the conservation of the pine-oak forest and the Golden-cheeked Warbler was held at the VIIth Congress of the Mesoamerican Society for Biology and Conservation in Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, Mexico
The symposium was attended by 120 persons: students, researchers, conservationists, and agency staff from 8 countries (US, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama)
Research papers on work with Golden-cheeked Warbler were presented, based on studies in both the US and in Mesoamerica
The “Alliance for the conservation of the pine-oak forest of Mesoamerica” was formed
$22 million over 5-10 years