Rapid Biological Inventories: Results from the Field: Cuba 07

07: Cuba: Península de Zapata

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Editors: Arturo Kirkconnell Páez, Douglas F. Stotz, and Jennifer M. Shopland

Design: Costello Communications, Chicago

Translations: Patricia Álvarez, Roberto Soto, Jennifer M. Shopland, and Amanda Zidek-Vanega

Web design and development: Allyson Meyer and Ryan Peters

Funding: John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

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We would like to thank all those who helped with this inventory of the Zapata Peninsula. Although in the following we name some people individually, all receive our warmest thanks. First, we are grateful to the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Environment (CITMA) authorities at the national level for facilitating the rapid inventory and its results. Special recognition is due to CITMA in Matanzas Province for all the logistical support they provided and for ensuring the success of the inventory. Likewise, we thank the local CITMA authorities for all the interest and effort that they showed, as well as for their active participation in the preparation of the report. We especially would like to thank Marisol Gil, la Delegada del CITMA en Matanzas, and the managers and support staff at CITMA Station in Palpite for helping to make us comfortable during our inventory.

In Havana, we would like to especially thank Yazmín Peraza of the Nacional Museum of Natural History of Cuba (Museo Nacional de Historia Natural de Cuba) for exceptional help and support in all phases of the inventory from getting permits, through fieldwork, to the writing of the report. Nadia Pérez and Regla Balmori of the National Museum of Natural History of Cuba shared their friendship and organizational skills. Reinaldo Estrada, of the Nacional System of Protected Areas (Sistéma Nacional de Áreas Protegidas [SNAP]), provided us with very helpful comments on the results and especially the recommendations arising from our fieldwork. Other organizacional units of CITMA coordinated the permits for access to the study areas and for the collection of specimens. The Cuban Interests Section in Washington, D.C., kindly granted visas for the U. S. participants.

Thanks are also due the helpful people at HAVANATUR for their work on logistics during our stay in Cuba, and transport to and from our study sites. Dan Brinkmeier, Isa Halm, and Julie Smentek provided logistic support in the days before the presentation of our results in Havana. Robin Foster is indebted to Ramona Oviedo Prieto for her generous aid in identifying plants photographed in the field. Bil Alverson, Sergio Rabiela, and Sarah Kaplan assisted with the production of the images used in the report.

Tyana Wachter and Sophie Twichell provided tremendous support in coordinating the work done for this rapid inventory, both in Cuba and in Chicago. We also thank Patricia Álvarez, Amanda Zidek-Vanega, and Tyana Wachter for translations and Roberto Soto for the translation and explanation of soil types. Laurie Hunter edited the appendices. Yazmín Peraza, Tyana Wachter, Corine Vriesendorp, Debby Moskovits, and Brandy Pawlak provided careful reviews of this report.

We thank John W. McCarter for his constant support of our program. Funds for this rapid inventory were provided by the John D. And Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and The Field Museum.

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