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 SUSTAINABILITY


Preserve, protect, sit lightly upon the land...it's the right thing to do.  We have found that utilizing sustainable practices in our designs - such as preserving and reusing native plant materials, using drip irrigation, working with natural drainage patterns - have proven to be cost effective in design, construction, and long-term maintenance.

 

 We were fortunate to be selected as the Landscape Architects to work closely with Steven McFarland and Gary Player to participate in the creation of their championship golf course at CostaBaja in La Paz, Baja California Sur.  The project is comprised of 18 championship holes strategically located within the rocky canyons and atop ridges overlooking the bay of La Paz; driving range, clubhouse and function gardens, chipping and putting, practice area, and maintenance facility.

We took the lead role in coordinating the relocation of over 380 Cardon cactus, ranging in age from 50 to over 300 years old that would have been lost if the contractor and owner had not been made aware of their inherent value and aesthetic value.  We oversaw the rescuing, creation of a temporary nursery, and then replacing the Cardons to compliment the course—while respecting their original orientation and growing condition that they had evolved over hundreds of years.  We also coordinated the rescue of tens of thousands of on-site cactus and native shrubs, to be used for the final landscape of the course, and created an on-site nursery where the plants could be relocated, stabilized, and then transplanted when the sequence of construction allowed.  We were on-site once a month for three day periods during the construction phase, and once every two weeks as the project was finishing to add the final touches.

 

 

The results are pretty special.  Not only have we been able to be a part of the team responsible for creating a beautiful golf course and a sustainable landscape, but by  coordinating the rescue and re-use of plant materials, and then using those to re-establishing the rich ecosystem of the Baja desert surrounding the course in all areas impacted by construction, we are now able to stand here at the sixth tee, enjoying the view, watch a fox run across the fairway, and scarcely believe ourselves that this was not always like this.