More than meets the eye
Just 3 miles before arriving at the small fishing community of Sarteneja, there is a flag and sign that mark the entrance to a place known by locals as “La Reserva”. This Protected Area (PA), however, is quite a bit more than that and through the years it has become an integral part of the Protected Areas System of Belize.
The Shipstern Conservation and Management Area is currently managed by the Corozal Sustainable Future Initiative (CSFI). It is the only PA in Belize that protects the Yucatan Dry forest – a forest with unique vegetation and wildlife found only in this part of the world. This PA is home to 4 broad ecosystems, over 266 species of plants, 43 species of mammals, over 275 species of birds, 67 species of reptiles, 17 species of amphibians and 33 species of fish.
The most recent achievement for the organization (CSFI), is the signing of management agreements for both Honey Camp National Park and Fresh Water Creek Forest Reserve. While the team at CSFI is committed to what they do best, they are always eager to share the work that they do with anyone willing to drop by for a visit.