BIG BEND NATIONAL PARK — Photography Anywhere’s images recorded the festivities at the two-year anniversary at the Boquillas Port of Entry, which is within Big Bend National Park and the Rio Bravo Region of Mexico. Boquillas re-opened in 2013 and travel across the U.S. – Mexico border is mainly by rowboat.
The celebration of ongoing cooperation for conservation efforts between the United States and Mexico in the region drew dignitaries from both nations, including U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell, Mexican Environment and Natural Resources Secretary Juan Jose Guerra Abud, U.S. Ambassador to Mexico Anthony Wayne and U.S. Representative Will Hurd (shown speaking at the podium), who represents the 23rd Congressional District from San Antonio to El Paso.
Jewell and Guerra signed a U.S. – Mexico Wildfire Protection Agreement to expand collaboration and cooperation across both countries on fire prevention and suppression efforts. Managing wildland fire is a common occurrence along the two borders.
Home to 446 species of birds, 3,600 species of insects, more than 1,300 plants and more than 75 species of mammals and reptiles, the Big Bend region of Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua and Coahuila provide a unique opportunity for scientists, natural resource managers and others to study the surrounding environment.