Earth Day 2014

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Eco South Tours AGM Update

A New Board at the Helm of Eco South Tours

A number of critical issues were addressed at the recently held Eco South Tours Inc. Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Maria Islands Interpretation Centre in Vieux Fort. The membership raised the need for a revision of the company’s Bye Laws and a redefinition of membership roles and responsibilities. They also discussed the need to established rules to govern the finances of Eco South Tours

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Our Heritage Radio Programme

“Our Heritage” Radio Programme

Youth Environment Forum 2014

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is currently planning its 6th annual Youth Environment Forum (YEF) to be held from July 25 - 31, 2014. The aim of the week-long programme is to empower youths to become advocates for environmental and heritage conservation, thereby, helping us to fulfill two of our objectives; to advocate and promote conservation and to build self-esteem and a love of the country through the appreciation of our heritage. Therefore, focusing on the World Heritage Day theme “Heritage of Commemoration” will allow us to provide the youth with greater insight into our natural heritage while introducing them to the built heritage component of the Trust.

Sandy Beach After the Christmas Trough

On 24 December 2013, a severe weather trough caused the Vieux Fort River to swell and, around 7pm, break its banks in the La Tourney area. The river water flooded the runway of Hewanorra International Airport and rushed into Vieux Fort town. Low-lying areas in the Bacadere, the Mang and Bruceville flooded with 4 ft of muddy water.

From the airport runway, the river water quickly flooded the low-lying plain to the east of town, in the area of the Recreation Park. Just a few weeks before the trough, a backhoe was used to clear an area (approximately 50 meters wide) along the road, apparently in order to open up visual access to the football field. The backhoe cut down some mature trees and bush and levelled what used to be a somewhat elevated sandy area with low dunes.

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Food Waste Painting Competition

23RD INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S PAINTING COMPETITION

ABOUT THE COMPETITION

The International Children’s Painting Competition on the Environment is organized every year by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Japan-based Foundation for Global Peace and Environment (FGPE), Bayer and Nikon Corporation. It has been held since 1991 and has received more than 3 million entries from children in over 150 countries.

THEME: FOOD WASTE

Subthemes: Save the Planet—Save Food, Wasting Food is Wasting the Planet

To help inspire you, please visit UNEP’s Think.Eat.Save. Reduce Your Foodprint website: http://www.thinkeatsave.org The organizers are inviting children all over the world to submit their paintings to the UNEP office in their regions. Addresses of these offices are indicated on the back page. The children will have until 15 March 2014 to submit their paintings.

Recycling in Saint Lucia

How to recycle in St. Lucia

It’s that easy! Follow the 3 steps and you could recycle nearly everything in your place.

Step 1. Knowing who recycles your recyclable waste

Step 2. Find out the location of the nearest recycling site in your area

Step 3. Call and ask for a collection service! Or if the recycling site is near you, drop your recyclable waste at the site.

Then enjoy a clean environment with your family and friends!!

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Newsletter October to December

The Saint Lucia National Trust Awards Sir Derek Walcott

The Honourable Derek Walcott is now an Honourary Life Member of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). This title was conferred on the Nobel Laureate at the SLNT’s 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Marigot Secondary School. The members unanimously supported the resolution to grant him this title, considering that his writings bear significant contribution to the celebration of Saint Lucia’s patrimony and his consistent advocacy for heritage conservation.

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National Trust Awards Sir Derek Walcott

The Honourable Sir Derek Walcott is now an Honourary Life Member of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). This title was conferred on the Nobel Laureate at the SLNT’s 37th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, November 16, 2013 at the Marigot Secondary School. The members unanimously supported the resolution to grant him this title, considering that his writings bear significant contribution to the celebration of Saint Lucia’s patrimony and his consistent advocacy for heritage conservation.

Chairperson’s AGM Report 2013

SLNT Newsletter July to September 2013

Happy 38th Anniversary to the Trust!

On September 26, 2013, the Trust celebrated its 38th Anniversary by organizing three activities. An interactive discussion on heritage conservation and the Trust’s current and future projects took centre stage on the “90 Minutes” talk show on Radio St. Lucia. The guests were Director, Bishnu Tulsie; Historian, former Chairman and Life Member of the Trust, Dr. Gregor Williams; Amanie Mathurin, President of the Southern Youth Chapter and Mr. Kemar Louisy of the Northern Youth Chapter.

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SLNT Financial Statement 2012 - 2013

Saint Lucia National Trust Minutes of 36th Annual General Meeting

​The 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) was called to order at 1:13pm, with the arrival of Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy, Governor General of Saint Lucia, and Patron of the SLNT. The National Anthem was sung by all present and a prayer was delivered by Mr. Andrew Lewis.

SLNT Chairman, Mr. Sylvester Clauzel, then welcomed the Governor General, all members and staff present. In his welcome remarks, he noted that a large increase in membership was recorded during the year, and the presence of members at the AGM was reminiscent of the earlier years - the 1990s, when the name of the SLNT was on the tongue of every Saint Lucian, and the impact of the work of the SLNT was not just seen, but also felt across the island

Cruise Ship Passengers Wedding

Cruise Ship Passengers Wedding

SLNT Newsletter April to June 2013

“Don’t let our Future Dry up”

Twenty (20) students of the Monchy Combined School played their part to plant approximately 63 trees in observance of World Day to Combat Desertification (WDCD) on Monday, June 17, 2013,. The theme for WDCD 2013 is Drought and Water Scarcity, while the slogan is “Don’t let our future dry up”. According to the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification the slogan calls for everyone to take action to promote preparedness and resilience to water scarcity, desertification and drought. The slogan embodies the message that we are all responsible for water and land conservation, and their sustainable use, and that there are solutions to these serious natural resource challenges. Land degradation does not have to threaten our future.

Revised Membership Categories and Fees

YEF 2013 Collage

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Tribute to Our Beloved Astrid

Astrid Montoute
Astrid Montoute

Pigeon Island Scores Again

The Saint Lucia National Trust is pleased to announce that the Pigeon Island National Landmark has received a TripAdvisor® Certificate of Excellence award for a second year running. The accolade, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive this prestigious award.

Trust News January to March 2013

​Water Conservation: What you can do!

Each year on March 22, the United Nations and its members join forces to express the importance of water in our lives, and to echo the need to take steps to protect and conserve water, amid critical issues affecting the supply at this time.

But we do not have to wait for that one day, one week, or one month to remember to make our contribution to water conservation, so that we and those to follow in our footsteps can enjoy the benefits of a clean and adequate supply of water.

News Archives

​Past Documents or articles which you may have missed

A Tribute to the late Robert Devaux

​The Saint Lucia National Trust is saddened by the passing of Mr. Robert J. Devaux OBE, MBE who, among his many accomplishments was a founding member of the Trust and its first Director from 1977 to 1994 and resident researcher from 1994 to 1996. After leaving the employ of the Trust he continued to support the organisation’s work as an active member, resource person, volunteer and consultant.

Happy World Heritage Day

​INTO, the international organisation of national trusts, brings together more than 60 national trusts and equivalent organisations from across the world, globally diverse but united by a shared commitment to conserving and sustaining our shared heritage – built and natural, tangible and intangible.

Tribute to a Grass-roots Conservationist

A tribute by Yves Renard to a grass-roots conservationist Magdalene ‘Magda’ Nelson who understood what sustainable use of the natural resources meant. The main resource upon which she and fellow community members in the Aupicon area in the south of Saint Lucia relied upon was the nearby Mankote Mangrove. For many years the Forestry Department and other partner organizations (ECNAMP, now CANARI, the Fisheries Department) worked with the charcoal producers such as Magda to put in place management regimes to allow for sustainable harvest of mangrove forest while protecting the integrity of the ecosystem.

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Protect the Pitons Petition Update

​At our membership meeting on March 2nd, 2013, our members mandated the Saint Lucia National Trust to open a petition to Government on the Freedom Bay Project for signature. This was done on April 5th 2013. However, at a recently concluded meeting of the Trust’s Council we were informed that Government has commissioned the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) study.

Update on the Protect the Pitons Petition

​Pursuant to your instructions provided at the general meeting held on March 2nd, 2013, the SLNT Secretariat opened the petition to Government on the Freedom Bay Project for signature on April 5th 2013. However, at a recently concluded Council meeting the Government Representatives on the Council informed us that the Limits of Acceptable Change (LAC) Study that the SLNT had recommended for Government to undertake had been commissioned and a consulting firm from the United Kingdom had been engaged to undertake the study.

A Caribbean Freedom of Information Network is Launched

​KINGSTON, JAMAICA – For the first time, Caribbean governments and civil society have come together to discuss access to information, public participation in governance, and access to justice at a landmark conference held in Kingston, Jamaica. Representatives from 11 Caribbean countries attended the “Regional Conference on Freedom of Information in the Caribbean: Improving Management for the Environment.”

Islands without Aliens

​Dennery Island on the road to recovery after goats removal

Saturday 1st March 2013, Dennery – The Saint Lucia National Trust, owner of Dennery Island, would like to extend its thanks and appreciation to the owners of the goats and sheep that until recently were grazing on the offshore island. During September of last year, these livestock owners cooperated fully with the National Trust and the Saint Lucia Forestry Department in a successful effort to remove all livestock from the island. This is an important milestone in efforts to recover the vegetation, and the wildlife, on Dennery Island.

Taste the World Delivers Again

​It was a day of food, fun and fine weather at the 4th annual Taste the World International Food Fair on Sunday, February 24, 2013. The Pigeon Island National Landmark was filled with close to 3000 patrons who came out to support the fund-raising event organized by the Saint Lucia National Trust.

Food lovers were in euphoria as they enjoyed mouth-watering cuisines from the Philippines, Nigeria, India, Saint Lucia, Barbados, Cuba, Guyana, France, Italy, Japan, Trinidad and Tobago and Taiwan.

Development of the Sea Bed

​Dear Members

With regards to the discussion on use of the sea bed we will be having at our membership meeting on Saturday 2nd March 2013, we have placed some documents on the subject which may be of interest to you.

You will note that whereas there are no definitive policies or laws on the use of the sea bed for development purposes, the documents below provide useful insights on how the matter is handled in the UK.

Regards

Bishnu Tulsie

Director

Freedom Bay Development Press Release

​The Saint Lucia National Trust notes that there has been much public debate over the media regarding the proposed Freedom Bay Development. Criticisms have also been leveled against the Trust about our perceived silence on the matter. However, the Council in its wisdom decided not to make a public statement hastily until a thorough research of the issues surrounding the development was completed. These included inter alia, (a) a review and analyses of the various decisions of the World Heritage Committee, the Hyder Report of 2008, and the Environmental Impact Assessment that was completed a few years ago; and (b) discussions with senior Government representatives and the developer.

Freedom Bay Development

​I refer to the letter from our Chairman, Dr, Vasantha Chase on the above subject which we circulated to you on Thursday February 14th. As a follow up to that communication, please below documents relating to the PMA and the project.

This matter will be on the agenda of our Quarterly Membership Meeting on March 2nd, 2013. We urge you to review the documents provided and to join the Trust in advocating for responsible development within the Pitons Management Area so that its World Heritage Status, is not further threatened and the environmental and cultural resources of the area are conserved for public enjoyment

Bishnu Tulsie

Director

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Documentation / Downloads

SLNT Chairman’s Letter to Members - Re: Freedom Bay Development

​February 13, 2013

Dear Members:

There has been much concern expressed by the public over the Freedom Bay Project, and rightly so. There has also been much criticism expressed of the Council and Staff of the SLNT. Nevertheless, the Council decided not to make a public statement until we had completed a thorough research of the issues surrounding the development. These included, inter alia, (a) a review and analyses of the various decisions of the World Heritage Committee, the Hyder Report of 2008, and the Environmental Impact Assessment that was completed a few years ago; and (b) discussions with the Chief Physical Planner, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Sustainable Development, and the developer. I am glad to report that we completed this research last night.

Trust News October to December 2012

YEF: And the Winners Are…...

​The long awaited results for the Youth Environment Forum (YEF) Logo & Slogan Competition have been announced. Eight youngsters waited patiently at the awards ceremony on December 17, 2012 at the Palmville Meeting Room at Coco Resorts in Rodney Bay to find out if they were the lucky ones who were able to encapsulate the meaning of YEF in a logo and slogan.

Reclaiming our Wetlands

​Forty-five (45) strong moved in with their gloves and garbage bags ready to do battle with the debris that had defaced the wonderful wetlands at Savannes Bay. After about an hour and a half, the hard work of the volunteers yielded thirty-six (36) bags of garbage and other debris including a stove and tyres were piled onto a truck.

The Passing of a Heritage Pioneer

​The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) expresses it heartfelt condolences to the family of the late Honourable Wilfred St. Clair-Daniel, SLC, CBE. Mr. St. Clair-Daniel who was laid to rest on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013 was one of the founding members of the SLNT, as he sat on the Steering Committee for the establishment of the Trust from 1971 - 1975.

Youngsters Present WWViews Results

​Four youngsters, who participated in the World Wide Views (WWViews) on Biodiversity meeting in Saint Lucia have presented the official WWViews Results Report to a few stakeholders. The presentation was held on Monday, December 17, 2012 at the Palmville Meeting Room at Coco Resorts in Rodney Bay. Saint Lucia was one of two countries in the Eastern Caribbean to stage the all day consultation aimed at raising the level of awareness about biodiversity issues, and involving ordinary citizens in the policy making process.

The YEF Logo/Slogan Winners Are In!

​Although school is out eight youngsters came proudly clad in their uniforms to ascertain if they secured a place in the Youth Environment Forum (YEF) Logo & Slogan Competition organized by the Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT). The competition which was launched in March 2012 was geared at getting youngsters ages 7 to 18 to internalize the themes explored at YEF since 2009 and encapsulate the core message of the forum with an appropriate logo and slogan.

Marigot Goes Global

​Little Labas Beach in Marigot Bay joined the giant One Day on Earth project, joining people from all nations across the globe in videoing their experiences of life on 12.12.12.

THANKS TO THE NATIONAL TRUST

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) has been involved in this inspiring movement since it started two years ago and it was Karetta Crooks Charles, the SLNT Communications & Advocacy Officer, who suggested that Marigot might join the other Saint Lucia locations who were participating on Wednesday.

Trust News July to September 2012

Trust News is the Saint Lucia National Trust’s quarterly newsletter which seeks to inform members, partners and the general public of our many initiatives and upcoming activities. The articles therein are written by the staff, members and partners who share our mandate to conserve Fair Helen’s patrimony. We also endeavour to use Trust News as a medium to thank our many sponsors who continuously support the conservation work of the Trust. Do enjoy!

Press Release 36th Annual General Meeting

​An impressive turn out by members at the Saint Lucia National Trust’s (SLNT) 36th Annual General Meeting (AGM) was evident on the weekend. Approximately 128 members and 15 staff attended the AGM on Saturday, November 3, 2012 at the Coco Resorts Conference Room in Rodney Bay. The SLNT’s patron, Her Excellency Dame Pearlette Louisy was on hand to declare the meeting officially open.

Chairman’s Report 36th AGM

SLNT Financial Statements March 2012

Application Form

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SLNT 35th AGM Minutes

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Tropical Dream Wedding

US$1650

Lush fragrant flowers will be woven throughout your wedding décor to create a tropical ambiance for your special day. We recommend that you use the Gazebo for this package; however our Wedding Coordinator will work with you to select an alternative location. The complete package includes:

  • Marriage License
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  • Tropically Decorated Gazebo
  • Head table & seating for bride and groom
  • 1 Iced Cake (1 pound)
  • 1 Bottle of Sparkling Wine
  • Bouquet of fresh Tropical Flowers & Boutonnière
  • Pre-wedding Consultation
  • 30 5"x7” photos
  • Witnesses if necessary
  • Personal Wedding Coordinator

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Sunset Barefoot Wedding

US$1,700

Caribbean sunsets are real spectacles to behold. What better way to start off your life together than to bask in the orange and red hues of the setting sun on a private beach enclave. This wedding package is for the dreamy romantics and includes:

  • Exclusive use of beach
  • Marriage License
  • Registrar Services
  • Decorated Arch
  • Head table & seating for bride and groom
  • 1 Iced Cake (1 pound)
  • Bouquet of Fresh Tropical Flowers and matching Boutonnière
  • 30 5"x7” photos
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  • Personal Wedding Coordinator

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Cruise Ship Passengers Wedding

US$1,900

We understand that cruise ship passengers are on island for a few hours only. Let us take care of all the legal requirements and other preparations to make your special day hassle-free. This package includes:

  • One Day wedding License
  • Registrar Services
  • Tropical Arch
  • 1 Iced Cake (1 pound)
  • 2 Bottles of Sparkling Wine
  • Bouquet of fresh Tropical Flowers
  • Buttonhole
  • Head table & seating for bride and groom
  • Return transfer from Cruise Ship to Pigeon
  • Island National Landmark and back
  • 30 Digital prints on CD
  • Witnesses if necessary
  • Personal Wedding Coordinator

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Terms & Conditions for Membership

  1. Members: Any person who is interested in the aims and objective of the Trust is eligible to be a member of the Trust.
  2. Admission of Ordinary and Associate Members

    - Admission of ordinary and associate members shall be by election

    - A candidate shall sign a form of application giving all particulars required by the Trust and shall be bound by the Rules and bylaws of the Trust if required.

    - A candidate who receives the vote of the Majority of the members of Council shall be elected for membership.

  3. Proposal of Candidate: Every candidate for admission as a member shall be proposed by one member and seconded by another member and the proposers shall each vouch, from their personal knowledge, for the fitness of the candidate to be elected as a member of the Council

  4. Subscription: The annual subscription shall be such as the Council may from time to time determine. The Council may determine annual subscription of varying ratios for different categories of membership and may waive the whole or part of the annual subscription payable by any member.

  5. Date of Subscription is due: All annual subscription shall ordinarily be payable on the anniversary date of election to the membership of the Trust.

  6. Members in Arrears:

    - If any member fails to pay his/her annual subscription on or before the anniversary date of the membership, he/she shall cease to be a member of the Trust as of that date.

    - Membership can be reinstated upon payment of all arrears and on application to renew membership.

  7. Resignation of Members: Any member may resign by giving to the secretary notice in writing to that effect. Every notice shall, unless otherwise expressed, be deemed to take effect on the date of receipt of the notice.

  8. Members Adjudged Bankrupt: If any member is convicted on indictment of any criminal offence, or is adjudged bankrupt or enters into liquidation, or makes a composition or arrangement with his creditor he shall cease to be a member of the Trust but the council may, at its discretion reinstate that member.

  9. Expulsion of Members

    - If at any time the Council is of the opinion that the interest of the Trust requires it, the Council may by letter invite any member to withdraw from the Trust within a time specified by the Trust.

    - Where a member fails to withdraw from the Trust after being requested to do so, the Council shall submit the question of his expulsion to an extra ordinary general meeting to be held within six weeks after the date of the letter referred to in paragraph (1).

    - The Council shall give members not less than two weeks notice of this extra ordinary general meeting and the Secretary shall inform the defaulting member of the time and place of the meeting and of the nature of the complaints against him, so as to afford him a proper opportunity to provide an explanation.

    - The member shall be allowed to offer an explanation of his conduct verbally or in writing at the meeting and if upon hearing his explanation two thirds of the members present vote for his expulsion he shall thereupon cease to be a member of the Trust.

Population and habitat of the St lucia Whiptail Lizard on Praslin Island

POPULATION AND HABITAT OF THE ST. LUCIA WHIPTAIL LIZARD (CNEMIDOPHORUS VANZOI) ON PRASLIN ISLAND, ST. LUCIA (WEST INDIES)

Cecil Lyndon John, Forestry Department, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry & Fisheries, Castries, St. Lucia West Indies, 1999.

ABSTRACT: The St. Lucia whiptail lizard (Cnemidophorus vanzoi) is an endemic saurian in the Lesser Antilles. The most recent population estimation suggests a total of 906 individuals. The whiptail has had a historically restricted range of two small offshore islands to the south of St. Lucia, Maria Major and Maria Minor. In an effort to conserve the species, a translocation of 39 individuals to Praslin Island was undertaken in 1995. Because of the proximity of the island to the mainland, the translocated population has faced several challenges from the time of establishment. My research focused on the structure of the current population including male to female and adult to juvenile ratios; gender-related biometric data; habitat use by gender and maturity; and the threat to the population posed by rats (Rattus rattus)...

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Migrant Bird Records for Saint Lucia, West Indies

Migrant birds constitute an enriching and yet transient element to St. Lucia’s biodiversity.For the fortunate few who are aware of St. Lucia’s “native” birds, the migratory birds addan interesting and somewhat mysterious element to our wildlife. Their stopoverappearances around home gardens, shorelines or water treatment ponds during theirsouthbound journeys from North America to the Caribbean and beyond has prompted theoccasional curious phone call to the Forestry Department by individuals seeking toidentify them. Far from being considered a foreign element, such migratory birds shouldbe regarded as an indigenous part of St. Lucia’s wildlife and appreciated as such. Veryfew St. Lucians are aware of the swallows, sandpipers, warblers and the wild ducks thatjourney over thousands of miles from their summer breeding range to our shores toescape the cold northern winters. Many strictly associate such birds with North Americaor Europe and yet our local names such as “canard sauvage” for the wild ducks, and thevarious “becassine” (sandpipers) seen along the beaches reflect our longstandingknowledge of these birds as part of our natural heritage…

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Saint Lucia National Trust Documentation Centre

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is in the process of re-establishing its Documentation Centre, located at the Trust’s Headquarters at the Pigeon Island National Landmark.

The Documentation Centre collects, preserve and make available information which relate to and support the Trust’s mission.

The collection includes information in the following areas:

  • Environmental Management
  • Environmental policy
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Marine Environment
  • Geography
  • Plant and Wildlife Conservation
  • Historical Sites
  • Architectural Heritage
  • Archaeology

Additionally, a wide range of both published and unpublished documents pertaining to Saint Lucia’s historical, cultural and natural heritage is also accessible in varying formats: reports, books,

journals, newspaper clippings, research papers, theses, manuscripts and photographs. Some documents are available in electronic forms as well.

Visits to the Documentation Centre will be possible after it is fully established. In the meantime, persons interested in accessing information on a particular subject may submit an Information Search Form to our Documentation and Information Assistant. The request will then be processed and the individual will be contacted.

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Members, visitors and the general public are encouraged to make use of the resources available in the Documentation Centre when conducting their research, school based assessments, school group projects or consultants working on private sector or government projects.

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About the Trust

Who Are We and What We do

The Saint Lucia National Trust (SLNT) is a membership organization established under the Saint Lucia National Trust Act, Chapter 6.02 of the Revised Laws of Saint Lucia. The SLNT was set up to help conserve the natural and cultural heritage of sites of Saint Lucia, and to promote values which lead to national pride and love of country. Over the years, a number of properties of significant natural, cultural, or historical significance have been either vested in, or donated by individuals to the Trust for conservation purposes. The Trust’s focus to date has been on the maintenance of these sites as part of the national patrimony, and in advocating the sustainable use and management of Saint Lucia’s natural resources. Approximately 1036 financial members were on the register at July 6 2009. The affairs of the Trust are administered by a Council comprising:

  • Seven members elected by the general membership annually;
  • Two members nominated by the Saint Lucia Archaeological and Historical Society annually ; and
  • Two members nominated by the Minister responsible for the National Trust every two years.

The Council has established ad hoc committees to support its work. The Trust employs staff to manage, administer and otherwise implement the policies, programmes and projects approved by council. The Trust manages protected areas varying from National Landmarks to Historical Sites and Environmental Protected Areas and Nature Reserves whether owned or vested in it, and provides recreational and educated opportunities within these areas. An annual audit is carried out by a recognized public accounting firm and presented at the Annual General Meeting to members. The Annual Report is submitted to the Minister responsible for the Trust who presents it to the Parliament annually.


In 2010, the Trust approved a new 10 year Strategic Plan, in which we defined:

Our Vision

The natural and historical patrimony of Saint Lucia is conserved for present and future generations.

Our Values

  • Ensure that honesty and integrity, truthfulness, and openness guide our work.
  • Strive to provide efficient, effective and timely customer service
  • Manage our operations in a cost effective manner and apply our funds according to the highest standard of accountability.
  • Ensure all management and programmatic activities help deliver our core objectives
  • Strive to build strategic partnerships with other organizations, government agencies, the private sector and local communities
  • Aspire to best international standards

Our Challenge

The Trust is unique in that its activities cover the full range of heritage conversation issues; from site development and management to education and advocacy. Our challenge is to make conservation relevant to the lives of the people of Saint Lucia and all others who have an interest in the island’s magnificent heritage. The emphasis of our programme over the coming years will widen from a primary focus on the management of our properties towards an equal recognition of the benefits that heritage conservation can generate to the people of Saint Lucia and all others who share this interest. These benefits range from social, economic and educational enhancement to environmental, cultural and spiritual gains. So, the challenge for the Trust will be to engage the public in demonstrating these values in a way that is dynamic and inspiring, and that engenders a sense of national pride. The objects of the Trust are: (a) the listing of buildings, objects and monuments of prehistoric, historic and architectural interest and places of natural beauty with their animal and plant life; (b) the listing of objects of prehistoric, historic and archeological interests; (c) the compilation of photographic and architectural records of the above; (d) to locate and to promote the preservation of buildings and objects of archaeological architectural, historic, artistic or traditional interest and the establishment of museums; (e) to promote and preserve for the benefit and enjoyment of the State of submarine and subterranean areas of beauty or natural or historic interest and to preserve (as far as possible) their natural aspect, features, animals and plant life; (f) to list the flora and fauna in the areas mentioned in paragraph (e) and to promote their conservation; (g) to make the public aware of the value and beauty of the State’s heritage as set out above; (h) to pursue a policy of preservation, and to act in an advisory capacity; (i) to acquire property for the benefit of the State; (j) to attract funds by means of subscription, donations, bequests and grants for the execution of the above objects; (k) to administer the Trust property for the furtherance and achievement of the above objects;

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Rio+20 Conference, June 2012

​At the Rio+20 Conference, world leaders, along with thousands of participants from governments, the private sector, NGOs and other groups, will come together to shape how we can reduce poverty, advance social equity and ensure environmental protection on an ever more crowded planet to get to the future we want.

The United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (UNCSD) is being organized in pursuance of General Assembly Resolution 64/236 (A/RES/64/236), and will take place in Brazil on 20-22 June 2012 to mark the 20th anniversary of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED), in Rio de Janeiro, and the 10th anniversary of the 2002 World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD) in Johannesburg.

The Saint Lucia Racer takes the title of World’s rarest snake

Monday 9th July 2012, West Indies – Conservationists have found the world’s rarest known snake in the Caribbean nation of Saint Lucia. A five-month assessment of the Saint Lucia racer, a small non-venomous snake, has revealed that as few as 18 individuals remain. The racer was once common across Saint Lucia, but rapidly declined after predatory mongooses were introduced to Saint Lucia from India in the late 19th century. The last Saint Lucia racers now survive only on a single offshore islet just 12 hectares (30 acres) in size, which has remained mongoose-free.

The Saint Lucia racer, one of four endemic snakes of Saint Lucia, was declared extinct in 1936. However, in 1973, a single individual was caught on Maria Islands Nature Reserve. Since then, sightings have been rare, leading to fears that these harmless snakes may have been lost forever. Towards the end of 2011, a team of Saint Lucian and international conservationists was assembled to find out whether the racers still survived and, with funding from the Balcombe Trust, the Disney Worldwide Conservation Fund and the US Fish & Wildlife Service, began painstaking searches of the rocky, steep-sided islet. Eleven racers were caught, tagged with microchips and released unharmed. Analysis of data from recaptures indicate a total population of only 18 individuals. Another, less conservative method placed the population at nearer 100. The Saint Lucia racer is therefore deemed to be the rarest known snake in the world and indeed one of the rarest animals of any kind. At only 12 hectares, its distribution range is also one of the smallest of any snake.

“Durrell has been committed to working with Saint Lucia’s most threatened species for the last 30 years and so it was a huge relief to confirm that a population of the racer still survives” says Matthew Morton, Eastern Caribbean Programme Manager for Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust, “but that relief is tempered by the knowledge of how close we still are to losing it forever”.

The title of the “world’s rarest snake” was previously held by a different West Indian snake, the Antiguan racer. In 1995, the Antiguan racer numbered only 50 individuals, but after 17 years of conservation efforts by the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project, these racers have increased to a more secure population of 900 individuals. This success has been achieved by building local understanding and pride in the snake and removing the non-native mongooses and rats that prey on snakes. This strategy is now being investigated closely by the conservation team in Saint Lucia to determine whether the Saint Lucia racer can be saved using a similar approach. Until then, the tiny population, found on only one tiny island, remains under severe threat of extinction.

“We have four endemic snakes species unique to Saint Lucia” says Alwin Dornelly, Wildlife Officer at the Saint Lucia Forestry Department, “one of them extremely rare. We have to ensure we make every effort to save this important species from extinction.”

Bishnu Tulsie, Director of The Saint Lucia National Trust says “we welcome confirmation that the Saint Lucia Racer is still present on Maria Major and will collaborate with partners to implement measures to improve chances for its survival.”

”Tens if not hundreds of West Indian animals have already been lost because humans have unwisely released harmful species from other parts of the world, and we cannot allow the gentle Saint Lucia racer to be the next casualty” said Dr Jenny Daltry, Senior Conservation Biologist with Fauna & Flora International, adding “To do nothing is not an option”.

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Notes to editors:

The Saint Lucia racer (scientific name: Liophis ornatus) is a small snake, less than a metre in length; medium brown in colour often with darker brown markings on its back. It is a non-venomous snake and field surveyors on the 2011 assessment found it to be

remarkably unaggressive and easy to handle. On Maria Islet it feeds on various lizard species that are abundant there in the absence of mongooses. Maria Islet was gazetted as a Nature Reserve by the Government of Saint Lucia in 1980. The habitat on the islet is very dry, with large stands of cactus and seasonal dry forest. Interestingly, historical notes suggest the Saint Lucia racer may originally have preferred more moist habitats before it was eradicated from them by mongooses.

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The Saint Lucia Forestry Department, Ministry of Sustainable Development,. Energy, Science and Technology

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The Forestry Department is the principal agency responsible for managing forest and wildlife resources on the island of Saint Lucia. Its mission is to protect and conserve the natural resources for the protection of the environment and to obtain maximum utilization consistent with sustainable development with regards to the welfare of the rural communities and the country as a whole. The Department’s motto “La Forway Say La Vie” (The Forest is Life) provides a simple yet fundamental principle for the sustainable management of a small, tropical island.

The Saint Lucia National Trust (http://slunatrust.org/) is not only the longest serving environmental and heritage membership organisation on the island, but also the only membership organisation with a legal mandate to conserve both the natural and cultural heritage of Saint Lucia.

Durrell Wildlife Conservation Trust (www.durrell.org) is an international charity working globally to save species from extinction. Headquartered in Jersey, in the Channel Islands, Durrell focuses on the most threatened species in the most threatened places.

Durrell’s philosophy emphasises the need for our three core conservation pillars to work together: a wildlife park in Jersey as a centre of animal husbandry and knowledge, disciplined management of conservation programmes in the field and an International Training Centre to build conservation capacity. Durrell’s belief is that lasting and effective wildlife conservation can be achieved where these three components are in

harmony. In the Eastern Caribbean, Durrell is based in Saint Lucia and presently supports conservation efforts in Saint Lucia, Montserrat and Antigua.

Fauna & Flora International (http://www.fauna-flora.org) protects threatened species and ecosystems worldwide, choosing solutions that are sustainable, based on sound science and take account of human needs. Operating in more than 40 countries worldwide – including four in the West Indies – FFI saves species from extinction and habitats from destruction, while improving the livelihoods of local people. Founded in 1903, FFI is the world’s longest established international conservation body and a registered charity.

Further information

High resolution photos of the Saint Lucia racer and other images from this work are available upon request.

For an interview with Matthew Morton, Eastern Caribbean Manager for Durrell, please contact:

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For an interview with Alwin Dornelly, Wildlife Officer, he can be contacted at:

Department of Forestry Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology Union, Castries Saint Lucia

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Pigeon Island National Landmark

Pigeon Island National Landmark is heralded as one of the most important monuments of Saint Lucias history. It is a vivid representation of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and marine cross currents, characteristic of West Indian historical change. A living museum within a natural setting, Pigeon Island is being nurtured through careful protection and intelligent development to serve the intellectual, cultural and recreational needs of all who visit this historic site. The picturesque, 44 acre island reserve, off the North West, was originally surrounded by water but was joined to the mainland by a man-made causeway in 1972. Recognizing the need to secure this site where the balance of late eighteenth century naval power was decided, the Government of Saint Lucia designated Pigeon Island as a National Park in 1979 and as a National Landmark in 1992. It is open to visitation 365 days a year with user fees charged at EC$7 for residents and US$7 for visitors to Saint Lucia. There is also a fee of EC$3 for children 5 years to 12 years old. Pigeon Island National Landmark has a number of heritage attractions and amenities which include:

  • Ruins of military buildings used during the battles between the French and the British for the island of Saint Lucia.
  • An Interpretation Centre describing the rich history of the island.
  • Two beautiful beaches.
  • A restaurant featuring local cuisine.
  • A pub and restaurant with a historical theme.
  • A lookout point at the top of the Fort which gives a panoramic view of the Northwest coastline.

Pigeon Island was first occupied by the Amerindians, mainly Caribs. The island was later occupied by pirates whose leader was a Norman Captain called Francois Le Clerc. He had a wooden leg and was known to the French as Jambe de Bois. The French who owned the island in 1778 declared war on the British, who retaliated by attacking them in Saint Lucia and capturing the island. The British then built a Naval Base at Gros-Islet Bay, heavily fortifying Pigeon Island. From there they were able to monitor the French fleet in Martinique which resulted in the defeat of the French at the Battle of the Saints in 1782. Pigeon Island was therefore a key factor in the Battles between the British and the French. In 1909 a whaling station was established at Pigeon Island. Legislation to control whaling in 1952 put an end to this operation. Pigeon Island was leased to Josset Agnes Hutchinson, an actress with the D’Oyle Carte Theatre of England in 1937. When the American established a Naval Base at Rodney Bay in 1940 she left the island. In 1947 she returned to establish a thriving yachting industry, entertaining many guests and giving the island the reputation of a paradise island. She relinquished the lease in 1970, finally retiring to England in 1976. Pigeon Island was restored by the National Trust as a landmark encompassing all aspects of the rich heritage, with emphasis on the glorious period of the late eighteenth century, when the spill-over from the American War of Independence reached the Caribbean. The presentation of this island to the visitor revolves around the Battle of the Saints Theme, which is the focus of a display in the Interpretation Centre located in the restored Officers Mess original build in 1803. Adjacent to the Interpretation Center is the Pigeon Island shop where specialised souvenirs, books, prints and gift items are sold. Pigeon Island National Landmark does more than just excitingly presented history. It is also white sands, luxuriously maintained grounds and home to a variety of tropical flora and fauna. Just minutes away from the capital city of Castries, it is perfect for a half or full day outing tailored to your specific needs - total relaxation or for the more adventurous, an exciting expedition. Whatever your preference, a camera is a must. Pigeon Island offers some of the most breathtaking photo opportunities. —- Pigeon Island is one of the Caribbeans most historic landmarks and certainly one of the most beautiful spots in St. Lucia. While Pigeon Islands rich history dates back to pre Columbian times, it is most famous for its role in the 1782 Battle of the Saints. For it was from Pigeon Island that Admiral Rodney monitored Fort Royal in Martinique and set sail to intercept the French troops; fortuitously preventing their rendezvous with the Spanish and saving Jamaica for the British Empire. Pigeon Island is 44 acres of sloping grasslands, dry tropical forests, beaches and twin peaks. It is connected to the mainland by a causeway and is surrounded by the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. It has been restored by the St. Lucia National Trust as a National Landmark, encompassing all aspects of its rich heritage, for the educational, cultural and recreational needs of all. Pigeon Island is eight hundred and fifty meters long and about four hundred meters wide, with an area just over forty acres. The predominantly features are the twp peaks, joined by a saddle, with a spur to the North East running into the sea. The French declare war on the English in 1778 as their part in assisting the cause of America War of Independence. The English then attack St. Lucia in one of the most successful Naval and Military engagements in December 1778, at the Battle of Cul-de Sac. The English, having captured St. Lucia from the French, established a Naval base at Gros-Islet Bay and heavily fortified Pigeon Island. After the Spanish fleet sailed for Havana, and the French for France, Rodney took the English fleet to the coast of North America leaving Commodore Hothom with a small squadron at Pigeon Island. On the 11th and 12th of October, the most destructive hurricane ever recorded in the West Indies crippled the English fleet at Pigeon Island and Carenage Bay. The H.M.S. Thunder (74 guns) and Beavers Prize (18 guns) were lost with all hands, the H.M.S. Vengeance (74 guns), the St.Vincent Snow (14 guns), the Blache (32 guns), the Chamelions (14 guns) and the Brune (32 guns), were all badly damaged at Carenage or Gros-Islet. In December, however Rodney arrived with re-enforcements.

Eco-South Tours is Formally Launched

The Saint Lucia National Trust formally launched Eco-South Tours Inc. on Tuesday, June 20th, 2012. This launch marks an important milestone in that it is the first time in which the Trust has established a not- for- profit tours’ company to support livelihoods pursuits at the community level. In the words of the Vice Chairman of the Trust, Martin Satney, the establishment of Eco-South Tours Inc. is an “opportunity for the resource users to grow into independent and thriving entrepreneurs rather than merely eking out an existence.”

Eco South Tours Inc. was formed by the Saint Lucia National Trust in 2011, to manage and oversee tours undertaken within the Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA). The company had its genesis in the Sustainable Livelihoods Sub-project of the OECS Protected Areas and Associated Livelihoods Project (OPAAL), at the end of which a recommendation was made in the Socio-Economic Feasibility Study to establish such a company.

The components of Eco South Tours are:

  • a tour of The Mankote’ Mangrove,
  • cultural activities/entertainment at Mankoté Mangrove,
  • a tour of the Maria Islands Nature Reserve,
  • a native fishing tour,
  • handicraft production, demonstration and sales,
  • horse-back riding and
  • a demonstration of the sea moss harvesting process at Bwa Chadon.

These tours and activities will be promoted, marketed and managed by this company to provide impetus for livelihoods support through the growth and development of heritage tourism in the south of Saint Lucia. Eco South Tours Inc. is governed by a board of seven directors comprising representatives from resource users groups, the Saint Lucia National Trust and the Southern Tourism Development Corporation.

At the launch, there were addresses from the Chairman of Eco-South Tours Inc., Mr. Cyril Saltibus, Vice Chairman of the Saint Lucia National Trust, Mr. Martin Satney and the feature address was delivered by the Prime Minister and District Representative for Vieux-Fort South, Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony. The launch also featured performances by the drumming group, Tanbou Mele and well known pan player from Vieux-Fort, Mr. Emmanuel O’ Brien who performed a wonderful rendition of the national anthem. All present were also exposed to demonstrations by the various resource users operating under Eco-South Tours Inc., namely, The Unicorn Crafters Group, the Aupicon Charcoal and Agricultural Producers Group, the Savannes Bay Fishers and the Sea moss Farmers Association. The aim of this exhibition was to showcase the products and services of the resource users within the PSEPA. The users had an opportunity to promote their products and develop an awareness of the possibilities which exist for their offerings.

Prime Minister and District Representative for Vieux-Fort South, Honourable Dr. Kenny Anthony expressed his satisfaction with the level of progress made under the OPAAL project and pledged his full support for the Eco South Tours initiative. He went onto say that he is very pleased that the resource users, who form part of this tours company, have finally found a mechanism through which they can develop and expand their products and services, and by extension, improve their livelihoods. The Prime Minister provided several options for the further development of Eco-South Tours including seeking assistance through the newly established Government programmes such as the Heritage Tourism Programme and the National Initiative to Create Employment (NICE). These programmes can facilitate product development, further training of operators and tour guides, and provide an avenue for employment in the south.

Vice Chairman of the Trust, Martin Satney for his part declared that Eco-South Tours is a clear demonstration of the principle that resource conservation and sustainable livelihoods can co-exist. Mr. Satney also pledged the full commitment and support of the Trust in the development of the tour company, especially over the next three years, albeit that the Eco-South Tours must be dedicated to becoming self- sufficient. He urged the users to take this initiative very seriously and make full advantage of the many benefits to be derived from being part of a cooperative.

Chairman of Eco-South Tours, Mr. Cyril Saltibus, stated that the board of directors will do all it can to improve the product offerings and ensure value for money. He further stated that the Eco-South Tours will be tapping into the local market as well as the various hotels within the immediate vicinity especially the guests from the Coconut Bay Beach Resort and Spa.

The launch took place at the Mankote Mangrove Welcome Centre in Vieux-Fort which is a site under the operations of Eco-South Tours Inc.

Maria Islands Nature Reserve

The Maria Islands were declared a Nature Reserve in 1982 by the Government of Saint Lucia in recognition of their special function as a wildlife habitat and their unique flora and fauna. There are over eighty (80) plant species found on Maria Islands. The island is home to five endemic reptile species such as the world’s rarest snake – the Kouwés snake (Saint Lucia Racer), The Saint Lucia whiptail (Zandou), The Worm Snake (non poisonous), The Pygmy and Rock geckos as well as several species of cacti and undisturbed tropical plants on the vertical cliff.

The islands are set about one half mile from Pointe Sable on the South East coast of Saint Lucia. Maria Major is 10.1 hectares and its little sister Maria Minor is 1.6 hectares. The island is also a major nesting site for migratory birds which travel thousands of miles from the west coast of Africa to nest annually. It is usually closed for the nesting season which runs from May to August. This time frame is adjusted annually by the Saint Lucia Forestry Department of the Ministry of Agriculture depending on the birds’ migratory patterns.

The Saint Lucia National Trust has been conducting special environmental education tours to Maria Islands since the early 1980s. The Maria Island tour is a wonderful outing for the nature lover! It is many tours in one! The knowledgeable guide escorts visitors to Maria Major by a local fishing boat, which pulls ashore on one of the most spectacular white sand beaches. The exciting walk showcases the unique and breathtaking views of the town of Vieux Fort the Pitons and the entire Pointe Sable area.

The waters around islands are surrounded by coral reefs, making them great for snorkeling.

Maria Islands can be your own island in the sun for a day.

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RULES AND REGULATIONS FOR VISITORS TO MARIA ISLANDS NATURE RESERVE

Preamble

The Maria Islands were declared a Nature Reserve in 1982 by the Government of Saint Lucia in recognition of its special function as a wildlife habitat and for the unique wildlife which exist there. The Saint Lucia National Trust conducts tours to the islands to share its unique habitat with visitors and to raise awareness of nature’s wonders.

These rules and regulations are established to guide the conduct of visitors and to safeguard the integrity of the Maria Islands Nature Reserve.

  • Persons with serious ailments/health complications, particularly heart and respiratory, must inform the attendant Tour Guide or booking agent before commencement of the tour.
  • The Trust shall not be held liable in instances where no notification is given in respect of serious ailments or medical complications.
  • The tour is limited to persons within the maximum age ceiling of seventy (70) years, except in instances where special written approval is granted by the Trust.
  • Visitors are to note that there is a general `close season’ period, which is observed annually to protect nesting migratory birds. This period runs from May to August during which time there will be restricted access. The extent of restriction will be determined on an annual basis and will be influenced by prevailing conditions such as numbers of birds, location of nesting activity etc.
  • The following item and activities are strictly prohibited within the confines of the Maria Islands Nature Reserve: use of cigarettes and alcohol, use of sirens and alarms or any form of loud sounds, knives, machetes and matches or lighters, flammable liquids e.g. gasoline. Fires are prohibited.
  • Visitors are to note that it is unlawful to remove from Maria Islands any items such as shells, rocks, soil samples, plants, plant parts and any aspect of flora and fauna or natural resources.
  • Visitors are expected to respect the integrity of Maria Islands by observing the following: no littering, no breaking of branches and picking of leaves.

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Pointe Sables Environmental Protection Area

The Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) is a coastal strip in the south of Saint Lucia which extends from Moule-a-Chique to Pointe de Caille, just north of Savannes Bay. This 1038 hectare site was designated an environmental protection area under the Physical Planning and Development Act of 2001 in August 2007. The PSEPA was also a demonstration site for Saint Lucia under the OECS Protected Areas and Associated Livelihoods Project (OPAAL) which officially ended in July 2011.

The Pointe Sable area is replete with natural, cultural and historical assets worthy of conservation, sustainable use and protection, depending on which of the assets we refer to. The Maria Islands are a treasure throve in and of themselves with their amazing flora and fauna, some of which, such as the much talked about kouwess snake and the St. Lucia Whiptail Lizard which bears the same colours of the Saint Lucia national flag are endemic to the island itself. From the top of Moule-a-Chique, one can get a panoramic and breath-taking view of the south of Saint Lucia.

The PSEPA also possesses the largest basin like mangrove in Saint Lucia known as the Mankote Mangrove. This mangrove is home to a variety of flora and fauna, in particular seventeen (17) species of fish. It is also a marine reserve and is declared as a wetland of significant value under the RAMSAR convention of 2002. Savannes Bay, which is adjacent to Mankote Mangrove is a major fish landing site in Saint Lucia and is noted for producing the largest volume of lobster in the island. The PSEPA also includes large areas of seagrass beds and various types of coral reef. There are several resource users, namely, seamoss producers, fishers, charcoal producers, horse-back riders, crafters, tour guides and operators of soft adventure activities such as kayakers, windsurfers and divers . who make their livelihoods from the resources within the PSEPA

It is definitely an amazing area well worth experiencing.

Morne Pavillon Nature Reserve

The designated 18-acre Morne Pavillon site has a rich and interesting history as part of what is now the 3000-acre highly developed Cap Estate area.

The name of the site is derived from the time (1700 period) when the French Civil Commandant, Baron de Longueville developed a cotton plantation at the northern end of St. Lucia and planted his flag on the Morne Pavilon area: He also built a port at nearby Anse Becune

Prior to the establishment of the current Cap Estate, the property belonged to the Floissac family, who leased a major portion of Cap to the U.S. government in 1942 for the construction and operation of a military base on upper Cap, including a two x 155mm shore battery and supporting structures with over 200 men.

This initiative was undertaken due to German submarine presence in the Caribbean and the sinking of two ships in Castries harbor.

The facility was installed to protect the US Air Base at Reduit and St Lucia from possible invasion and use of Martinique by German submarines.

When the war situation became focused on Europe, the base was eventually determined to be unnecessary and was evacuated in April 1943.

The land was returned to the Floissac family who sold it to Col. Harrison in about 1956 who had intended to establish a cattle ranch and an up-market residential estate. After his death it was sold to a syndicate who began development of the 3000 acre Cap Estate.

The 18-acre Morne Pavillon site at the top of Cap Estate was sold to Herbert Lutz in 1966 who made an effort to build a vacation home on the site. The home was never completed and when Mr. Lutz died in 1983, his son Christopher Lutz of Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA inherited the property.

Following the loss of the adjacent green belt to development of Mount du Cap in early 2002, a group of interested Saint Lucians and Cap residents collaborated to initiate an effort to preserve the Morne Pavillon site. This effort resulted in the decision by Christopher Lutz to donate the property to the Saint Lucia National Trust for a Nature Reserve and Heritage site. This effort was successfully concluded in December 2010.

The group of residents who initiated the discussions with Mr. Lutz have formed a group called Friends of Morne Pavillon, and continue to collaborate with the Trust to help develop and manage the property.

Walcott Heritage Site

The Walcotts are an iconic Saint Lucian family, the most famous of whom is the Honourable Derek Walcott, the 1992 Nobel Prize winner for Literature. His twin brother Roderick Walcott, who died in Toronto in 2000 was a gifted playwright, poet and artist as well. Their mother was an educator. The Government of Saint Lucia has decided to develop a Walcott Heritage Site to honour the achievements of this family and their contribution to the Saint Lucian identity, national pride and place in the global literary landscape. To this end Government has vested the childhood home of the Walcott brothers in the Saint Lucia National Trust directed the organisation to spearhead the creation of the Walcott heritage Site.

This project is in its infancy. A proposal was developed and presented to Government for funding. In the mean time, an informal, exploratory committee was established to begin to frame the project concept. The committee has met with some members of the Trust, the Honourable Derek Walcott himself and with persons close to him. The Grass Street community, next to which the Walcott home is located, was also consulted and brought on board to assist with the initial beautification of the site. A formal Committee will soon be established to move this project forward.


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