Payne’s Creek National Park, Port Honduras Marine Reserve

May 2006

Construction of a lookout tower and fire tower in the Port Honduras Marine Reserve and Payne’s Creek National Park

Seacology is funding construction of a lookout tower in the the Port Honduras Marine Reserve. This will help local NGO Toledo Institute for Development and Environment (TIDE), which manages the reserve with the Belize Fisheries Department, to better prevent poaching. The fire tower will help TIDE rangers detect forest fires started by hunters trying to induce grass growth for deer.

Project Updates
October 2007
After months of weather delays, a fire/lookout tower was constructed five miles from the park's ranger station. It sits in a strategic location, allowing rangers to monitor the start of wildfires...
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June 2007
Construction of one tower began in May. The second tower will be built once transportation can be arranged.
January 2007
The plans and materials were purchased in July 2006. Construction was postponed until after the rainy season and is planned to begin in April 2007.

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