Marcus Hiles takes pride in protecting the native foliage in the design stage of his developments. “Creating communities that work in harmony with nature and lessen humanity’s carbon footprint is a responsibility I embrace,” Hiles points out. His commitment is evident; extensive walking/jogging paths and private, on-site parks define exclusive locations nestled alongside expanses of countryside, undisturbed ponds and pristine streams. At the Estates Woodland in Magnolia, the century-old oaks and pines of the W.G. Jones State Forest border the property, providing access to the park’s leafy trails and scenic lakes. In San Antonio, the Mansions at Briggs Ranch boast the rich, indigenous flora of the Hill Country, most notably historic mountain laurels, which are beneficial for removing excess carbon dioxide. Trees stand as a prominent component in Hiles’s ecological objectives: through his company’s ongoing program to increase the canopy of shade trees throughout the state, 2,500 trees are installed annually. Hiles noes the 30,000 that have been planted in the last ten years serve to improve the air quality throughout the Lone Star state by sequestering about 75 tons of carbon dioxide every year, a strategy which promotes a sustainable relationship between endemic scenery preservation and the upscale living Hiles’s developments are known to offer.