Design & Development
We used responsible local contractors who would understand the need to be kind to the land within their own community. And, even though we’re in the midst of a 2nd-growth forest of 100 ft trees, we were able to place the cabins and dig deep enough for the infrastructure that we only had to remove two living trees during the entire development.
We used local, sustainable materials whenever code allowed, VOC-free paints, no carpeting, heated wood floors.
Our design concept intended that everything guests see or touch be made of natural materials.We wanted to create an environment that felt organic, but luxurious. We paid attention to every detail and, rather than compromise development by having to make cheaper decisions, we stopped work until we had the money to proceed correctly. All our vegetation is native to this area or suitable to its natural cycles, including a spectacular collection of rhododendrons, sea grasses, ground covers, trees, heritage bushes, junipers and wild irises. The grounds are kept kempt and parklike, but not groomed like a garden, allowing the natural environment to express itself.
Unlike many eco-facilities, WildSpring is not rustic. We wanted to offer comfortable luxury in a natural environment in an eco-responsibly way. Recycling helped. All of the wood furniture in the cabins are vintage and antique pieces we rescued from garage sales in the Hollywood Hills and restored or repurposed, as are most of the lighting fixtures and decorative pieces.
Perched on the edge of the 48 states overlooking the Pacific, our air is amazingly clean and fresh. We didn’t want to interfere with that in any way.
All our cleaning products are nontoxic, pH-neutral and scent-free. Our bodycare products are 100% natural, with the lightest of natural scents. We provide scent-free soy candles.
All our appliances are low energy and low-flow, and we use low-watt and energy-efficients and CFL bulbs inside whenever possible. The Guest Hall is lit by skylights during daylight. Our landscape lighting is a 12v system, directed to the ground to protect the starry nights (Port Orford is a Dark Skies Initiative city), and on a timer.
We have reduced our energy footprint as much as possible and offset the remaining carbon emissions to achieve a zero footprint. We also offer an easy way for our guests to offset their trip.
We keep our grounds parklike, allowing the natural environment to express itself. All plantings are native to the area or suitable to its natural cycles and rainfall. We make sure there are containers to collect water and we planted greenery that is a natural source of food for the gentle wildlife that shares the land with us.
All our stationery and promotional materials use recycled paper.
This area does little to pick up any range of recycled materials, so we store them ourselves and take them where appropriate. We take all shipping materials such as popcorn, bubble wrap and boxes to our local myrtlewood gift manufacturer so they can be reused when they ship their items.
The cellophane bags for the chocolate truffles, cabin water glasses and all trashcan liners are compostable.
We buy local and organic produce and flowers whenever possible.
We donate unused food to a local individual who distributes it.
Because of the wildlife around us, we are not able to compost here, so we give all our food waste to a local farm for animal feed and composting. We are also trying to find affordable bird-friendly wind power to reduce our use of electricity even further.
“We kindly ask you to participate in our conservation program by using your towels and sheets more than once. Hang up towels if you want to participate; if not, simply leave them on the floor and we will replace them with freshly laundered ones. As far as sheets, we will change them after three days for extended stays, unless you let us know you'd like them changed that day by putting the special card from your nightstand on the pillow. In addition to decreasing water and energy consumption, you help reduce the amount of detergent waste water that must be recycled within our community. We also ask that you turn lights off in the cabins when you leave the cabins.”
We have donated pro bono marketing support to the Conservation Leaders Network, an organization that promotes conservation at the county level across the nation and to our city, Port Orford, to help residents keep informed of the latest developments in government and city services, including our water initiatives, and to help visitors understand the remarkable natural resources in our area, encouraging them to enjoy them and treat them with respect.