and developers of La Ventana del Mar have an exemplary track record
of environmentally friendly development and this has continued with
this project. We were fully committed to preserving our environment
and took exceptional measures to ensure that we continued to develop
in the utmost environmentally responsible manner.
Here are some of
our accomplishments and policies that support our commitment to our
1) We have the largest
solar community in North America at El Dorado Ranch. With approximately
3,000 solar lots, we have attracted the attention of many solar lobbyists,
environmentalists and solar engineers. We have become a model for solar
2) We have pioneered
the development of Straw Bale construction in Baja. Not only have we
constructed the first straw bale home in Baja, but we have actively
promoted this environmentally friendly construction method. At
El Dorado Ranch, we also boast the largest Straw Bale home community
in North America as well.
3) El Dorado Ranch
and La Ventana del Mar are the ONLY developments in the San Felipe area
that is in full compliance with Profepa (Mexican Government's Environmental
Protection Agency). We have a full time Ecology Department managed by
Miguel Garcia. This department is responsible for the following for
both El Dorado Ranch and La Ventana del Mar:
1. Follow up and
coordinate conditions given by the environmental authorities.
2. Follow up and coordinate the environmental administration plans.
3. Supervise and control all ecological aspects of El Dorado Ranch and
La Ventana del Mar.
4. Legal representative of the environmental issues with environmental
5. Study, investigation, taxonomy and life cycle of native species of
6. Keep ecology file updated and in order.
La Ventana del
Mar features San Felipe's first golf course.
this golf course, we had to deal with very unique environmental factors
and strict regulations. First of all, San Felipe averages less than
3 inches of rain per year. Secondly, the climate can be quite warm and
since we are located right on the coast of the Sea of Cortez, we have
the issue of salt. To further complicate matters, a golf course requires
a great deal of water. So, how did we pull this off?
To start, we used
a salt tolerant hybrid of grass. We actually grew our own sod in the
San Felipe area to accomplish this. This hybrid consists of crossing
existing species of grass that naturally occur in coastal areas and
combining it with grass species found on traditional golf courses. The
end result is a salt tolerant grass that has no noticeable difference
from the grass found on high end golf courses.
By using a salt
tolerant grass, we were able to utilize previously "unusable"
water. Much of San Felipe's water comes from natural underground wells.
In efforts to avoid depleting the existing "usable" water
wells, we were able to utilize the water from wells that were too high
in salt content for agricultural or human use.
In developing the
golf course, we took extraordinary measures to leave the existing terrain
in its natural state as possible. Plants that had to be removed weren't
trampled by a bulldozer, but instead, dug out and transferred to a nursery.
Additionally, we were highly selective in introducing non indigenous
plants that we did bring in. Many a development or country for that
matter has been overrun by newly introduced species of plants, animals,
diseases, etc. and we did our part to prevent this from happening. Furthermore,
we followed strict population density guidelines to ensure that the
environment can tolerate the amount of human activity that we place
While this may sound
quite extensive, we are confident the long term result will be a golf
course that not only plays well, but lends itself to the beauty of the
natural environment. It is this type of atmosphere that we believe will
be attractive to residents and guests and help create a very desirable
vacation and retirement resort.
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