Rancho Cacachilas is interested in understanding the unique biological and geological diversity of the Sierra Cacachilas region.

As a team of environmentalists, biologists, geologists, gardeners, and ranchers, we are keenly aware that nature and our natural resources are profoundly valuable. To ensure that we can manage our lands to meet our conservation objectives, we set out to catalog our biodiversity. We started this endeavor through a project with several international experts and academic partners.

Science and conservation, along with sound productive activities, are paramount to the way we manage and make decisions on our ranches at Rancho Cacachilas.

Over the past seven years, we have also been studying the geological diversity of our lands. Geological structures, mineral values and water resources are all a part of quantifying the assets and nature of the earth's surface. This informs us in our long-term planning for holistic management practices.

Interesting rock formation in Canoas Canyon

Tiny red spider on decomposed granite

We are obliged by Mexican Federal Law to advance exploration

In 2008, the large Picacho Blanco mining concession was placed over the Sierra Cacachilas by the Servicio Geologico Mexicano (SGM) that included the Rancho Cacachilas lands. This designation opened the area to legally mandated mineral exploration activities. 

To control the destiny of Rancho Cacachilas and ensure that the land was to be managed in a responsible manner, it was imperative to take action. After two years of exploration and a bidding process, we acquired the claim in 2010. It is our intention to continue to responsibly steward the land and its resources for many years to come.

A beautiful canyon on the property, along the way to Picacho Blanco

The view over Isla Cerralvo from Rancho Cacachilas

We applied for the necessary regulatory approvals to undertake exploratory drilling to better understand the subterranean geological diversity. In this way we also fulfill our obligations to the Mexican Federal Government. We manage this project in the same way we approach all of our activities — with a deep respect for the land. We ensure minimal effect on the land by using the most advanced technology and by relying on experts. For example, drill holes for our exploratory drilling are no larger than five centimeters in diameter.

Consistent with our values to always operate in an environmentally and socially responsible manner, we guarantee the following as we engage in exploratory drilling:

  • no effect on any Federal or State-designated Natural Protected Areas.
  • no effect on aquifers and other water resources. There is no risk or threat to any water resources including the Buena Mujer reservoir that supplies the city of La Paz and the Los Planes aquifer. (The exploratory drilling area is 13 kilometers away from the Buena Mujer reservoir.)
  • no effect on flora, fauna, or cultural assets.

We view the process of exploratory drilling as just that, temporary, exploratory. As always, we are excited to learn more as we continue our stewardship of this beautiful part of Baja California Sur.

Annual hike with community members from La Paz and elsewhere

Annual community picnic

Read more about the mining history of this area, and about the Museo Ruta de Plata mining museum and interpretive center in El Triunfo.

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