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, prevent poaching. The fire tower will also help TIDE rangers detect forest fires started by hunters trying to induce grass growth for deer.
Conservation benefit: Construction of a lookout tower and fire tower
Date Approved: 05.2006
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 that could destroy large tracts of pine savanna and habitat of endangered species such as the yellow-headed parrot.
Construction of one tower began in May. The second tower will be built once transportation can be arranged.