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SierraRios is divided into two legal entities:

SierraRios Nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable corporation with main purpose to identify, provide information about, raise awareness of, and support activities that will protect precious rivers from damming and human-caused degradation.

SierraRios LLC, a Limited Liability Company organized with the primary purpose of organizing guided trips and providing outfitting services, rentals and gear to folks so that more people can appreciate the beauty of precious rivers and work to protect these resources. Currently, all profits to SierraRios LLC will be donated to SierraRios Nonprofit.

As a nonprofit charitable corporation, all revenue donated to SierraRios Nonprofit must be used to further the educational, scientific, literary, and charitable goals of the organization, as set forth in the Articles of Incorporation. It also means that all donations are fully tax-deductible. Eventually we hope that SierraRios will grow to become a major organization helping to protect global rivers.

The Purpose of SierraRios:

  • To educate the public about river systems.
  • To study and document the geographical characteristics of each river.
  • To preserve the cultural lifestyles associated with free-flowing rivers.
  • To increase appreciation of beautiful rivers by promoting recreational use.
  • To help protect rivers from human-caused degradation.

The Strategy of SierraRios:

  • Educate the public about the rivers in Latin America through publication of articles, guidebooks, and a website.
  • Recruit visitors to the Latin Ameican rivers by offering reasonably-priced guided excursions. Explore and document all the rivers in Latin America.
  • Provide resources/outfitting services for those exploring rivers on their own.
  • Teach others how to run rivers in kayaks and/or rafts - particularly residents along rivers who might help guiding trips.
  • Distribute information about planned dams and their consequences.
  • Clean up the rivers through organized trash collection trips, educating locals about dumping garbage away from streams, and stopping illegal dumping by manufacturers.

The Name: "SierraRios" literally translates to "Mountain Rivers", and is derived from Spanish terms for the rivers that flow through the major mountains in Mexico and Latin America. In much of Latin America, mountain ranges are called "Sierras". For example, in Mexico there is the Sierra Madre Occidental (i.e. "Western Mother Sierra"), Sierra Madre Oriental (i.e. "Eastern"), Sierra Madre del Sur ("Southern"), and various other names farther sourth. There are also subparts of the Sierra with different nomenclature, such as the Sierra Tarahumara in the Copper Canyon region, and the Sierra Cachuma near Puerto Vallarta. [Note that there is also a "Sierra Nevada" ("snowy") mountain range in California and Nevada - an appellation originating when the territory was a part of Nueva España and then México.]

Please support the goals of SierraRios and consider making a DONATION to the nonprofit.

Last updated: October 15, 2022 · Charity ID: 226

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