The women of the Cordero family maintain vigil to protect their land and prevent passage by the Los Cardones Mining company into the Sierra de la Laguna Biosphere, BCS, Mexico. For generations the Cordero family has ranched the foothills of the biosphere. The mining company adopted a "legal and dime" strategy to contest the family's ownership of the property, compelling the family to maintain a constant physical presence on the land. While the men worked in La Paz the women occupied the ranch. Company men were placed within eye-sight of the home camp - which was extremely unsettling to the women. The last ranch located at the end of a long dirt road and the only obstacle standing between the biosphere and potential impacts on the regions watershed. After extensive public outcry and support for the Corderos, the company declared the "suspension" of the project.
Sheryl Maree Reily is an award winning photographer and cross media artist whose work advocates for human and environmental health. She is a member of ASMP and her images are distributed worldwide via Getty Images.