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December 02, 2011

WiLDCOAST Protects 4.5 Miles of Coastline on the Valle de los Cirios Pacific Coast of Baja California

WiLDCOAST achieves the conservation of 22,953 acres and 24.6 miles of coastline in the region through direct purchases and conservation easements
Wetland on WiLDCOAST's most recent conservation acquisition

WiLDCOAST kicked off the month of December with the purchase of a 1,215 acre (4.5 miles of shoreline) parcel on the Valle de los Cirios Pacific Coast to be set-aside for conservation. The property contains the most expansive wetland in the region as well as significant dune shoreline flanked by rocky headlands. With this purchase, WiLDCOAST has protected a total of 22,953 acres and 24.6 miles of coastline on the Cirios Coast.

This unique stretch of the Baja California coast is home to approximately 100 miles of sweeping bays, rocky headlands, wetlands and dune shoreline. It is also one of the most isolated coastal stretches on the Baja California Peninsula. Its significant habitat value, undisturbed ecosystems, high level of endemism and isolation make the region a globally unique biodiversity hotspot.

Despite the many slow hours it takes to arrive at the windswept beaches of the Cirios Coast, a wave of development speculation associated with the Escalera Nautica marina project has threatened the region in the last decade. Hillsides were blasted, jetties were built and fences were installed around Santa Rosalillita and mega-development visionaries pressured to do the same to the north.

Fortunately, WiLDCOAST graciously received funding from conservation minded foundations to conserve the undisturbed areas of the Cirios Coast prior to their purchase, subdivision, sale and development. The landowners of the region have been enthusiastic about our collaborative conservation effort as it ensures unrestricted open public access to the coastline, something that is jeopardized with coastal development throughout Mexico, as well as the protection of important ecosystems and natural resources.

WiLDCOAST is excited to end 2011 with this significant milestone and looks forward to another year of conservation success on the Baja coastline.