There have been allegations that Tres Santos removed protected mangroves, which is patently false.
In fact, the grading that occurred at Punta Lobos prior to construction removed Sweet Mangrove (Maytenus phyllanthoides), but not any of the protected species of mangroves—Red Mangrove (Rhizophora mangle), White Mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa), Black Mangrove (Avicennia germinans) and Mangle botoncillo (Conocarpus erectus).
Prior to earthworks on our site, inspectors from SEMARNAT (the Mexican federal environmental protection agency) conducted a site inspection to catalog and confirm all flora species before any plants were removed. SEMARNAT recommended we move some other second growth plant species, care for them in a nursery and then replant them elsewhere in the area, which we have done.
You may have seen a photo published on sinembargo.mx that referenced the removal of the endangered mangroves. That photo was actually from an August 29 Tres Santos Facebook post (displayed here) that showed Tres Santos equipment removing mud from Topeto, the main and only artery connecting the old town with the “otro lado,” where more than half the townspeople live. The