Profiles from the Peninsula: Attenuatas

Profiles from the Peninsula is a series dedicated to spotlighting the partners and projects who make up the Baja Working Group. Our first profile features Dr. Horacio de la Cueva and his work restoring Ensenada’s Attenuatas forest - home to Pinus attenuata, a pine tree normally associated with the Pacific Northwest of the United States.



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Profiles from the Peninsula is a series dedicated to spotlighting the partners and projects who make up the Baja Working Group. Each week we will bring you a new profile in the form of a blog like this one. More information about the workgroup can be found here

Dr. Horacio de la Cueva is a Senior Researcher at the Ensenada Center for Scientific Research and Higher Education (CICESE) and the Secretary of the non-profit organization Terra Peninsular. His work includes restoration of the Attenuatas forest located in Ensenada. This coniferous forest is home to Pinus attenuata, a pine tree normally associated with the Pacific Northwest of the United States.

As Dr. De la Cueva notes, “P. attenauta is classified of least concern by IUCN, but is in danger of extinction in Mexico. This is a relict coniferous forest embedded in the Californian Mediterranean ecosystem. The closest P. attenuata forest is in Oregon, USA, 2,000 km due North.”

As climate change continues to impact the Baja California region, understanding how forests will be impacted across this mostly desert region will be critical to their long-term preservation and resilience. The Attenuatas project seeks to ensure the full restoration of the forest after a 2017 fire destroyed a third of the Pinus attenuata forest. These efforts include monitoring the region alongside local university undergraduate and graduate students, as well as working with local schools and youth organizations to use this as an educational opportunity to learn about this unique ecological zone. 

With significant changes associated with climate change and extreme events, Dr. De la Cueva’s work can help inform adaptive management approaches to slow erosion, while giving young people the chance to engage with and learn about these natural environments in new ways.



Perfiles de la Península es una serie dedicada a resaltar los colaboradores del Baja Working Group y sus proyectos. Nuestro primer perfil presenta al Dr. Horacio de la Cueva y su trabajo en la restauración del bosque de Attenuatas de Ensenada, el cual alberga Pinus attenuata, un pino normalmente asociado con el Pacífico Noroeste de los Estados Unidos.



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