Within the framework of the celebration of International Mother Earth Day, on Friday, April 20, 2018, the Sustainability Department of the Universidad Autónoma de Nuevo León(UANL), through the Project Development Office, in coordination with the Direction of the National Park “Cumbres de Monterrey” from the National Commission of Natural Protected Areas (CONANP), conducted a Recovery Day of natural environments in urban areas in the Ecological Park “La Huasteca”, located in the municipality of Santa Catarina, Nuevo León.

The objective of the day was to support the program of control of invasive exotic species that currently occur in the park, especially the plant commonly known as “mother of thousand children” (Kalanchoe sp) that was introduced to the natural area through different vectors such as the dissemination of seeds by air, transported by some birds or through the introduction of the plant by residents who live inside the park, or in surrounding areas, for ornamental use, among others.

Currently, populations of Kalanchoe are expanding, which has caused the displacement of native species and with it some alterations to the structure and functioning of ecosystems.

At the beginning of this day, a brief explanation about the invasive exotic flora was given by Aldo Alemán García, CONANP member, directed to all the university volunteers who participated in the recovery day.

The actions of control for the Kalanchoe populations were carried out under the supervision of qualified technical personnel from the CONANP and the civil organization “Reforestemos México”, with the support of more than 150 volunteers from different student groups, high schools and faculties of the UANL, among those that are the rescue team of the High School 9, the Medical Technical High School, Industrial and Technical High School “Pablo Livas”, and the Faculties of Architecture, Visual Arts, Mathematical Physical Sciences, Communication Sciences, Civil Engineering, Political Sciences and International Relations, Chemical Sciences, Philosophy and Letters, Public Accounting and Administration, Law and Criminology, Public Health and Nutrition, Mechanical and Electrical Engineering, Psychology, as well as volunteers from the Univerde Student Federation.

We thanks a  lot to all the participants for their support in the realization of this important activity, which shows the commitment of the members of the university community, as well as public institutions and civil society organizations, to keep well the natural environments that are part of the Metropolitan Area of ​​Monterrey, for the benefit of all.