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VALLE DE LOS CIRIOS PACIFIC COAST

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Program Area

The Valle de los Cirios Pacific Coast is one of few intact wild coastal regions left on the Baja California Peninsula. Part of the federally protected Valle de los Cirios Flora and Fauna Conservation Area, one of Mexico’s largest protected areas, the sparsely populated 200 kilometer mile long coastal region is home to pristine reef systems, coastal wetlands, extensive sand dunes, rocky headlands, and valleys forested with Boojum Trees, cardon cactus, elephant Trees and other unique desert flora.  

 

Valle de los Cirios Pacific Coast supports critical habitat for wildlife including mountain lion, bobcat, white-tailed deer, desert fox, raptors such as the red-tailed hawk, osprey and the shorebirds and waterfowl of the Pacific Flyway. The coastline provides critical nesting sites for California pelicans and is includes one of the largest harbor seal populations in Baja California.

 

Despite its remoteness, parcel sales and subdivisions, mining, and tourism and industrial development are continuous threats to the region’s ecological integrity.  

Conservation Strategies

In 2006, WILDCOAST began efforts to protect the unique coastal ecosystems of the region. Through direct land purchases, conservation easements, conservation concessions and stewardship activities, WILDCOAST is protecting its headlands, wetlands, coastal valleys and critical shoreline areas.

 

Integral to this effort is our collaborative partnerships with regional landowners, visitors and municipal, state and federal agencies

Impact

To date, WILDCOAST has achieved the following conservation successes on the Valle de los Cirios Pacific Coast:

·       Protected a total of 33.2 miles and 30,134 acres of coastline, including nine headlands, five wetlands and 11 continuous miles of shoreline.

·       Installed visitation best practices informational signage in six locations and removed 9.5 tons of discarded trash and debris.  

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Zach Plopper
Coastal and Marine Director

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