Grand Etang Forest Reserve
Viewing towers, picnic tables and interpretive signage for the 3,088-acre Grand Etang Forest Reserve, St. Andrew’s Parish
The 3,088-acre Grand Etang Forest Reserve, established in 1906, is the oldest and largest protected area in Grenada. Grand Etang’s varied elevation and terrain maintain several different ecological subsystems, culminating in elfin woodlands high up the slopes of the reserve’s central mountains. The focal point of the forest reserve is the 36-acre Grand Etang Lake, which fills the crater of one of the island’s extinct volcanoes. The rainforest around the lake holds a rich diversity of flora and fauna such as colorful tropical birds, tiny frogs, lizards, and rare orchids, as well as towering mahogany and giant gommier trees, a multitude of ferns, tropical flowers, and other indigenous plants. Grand Etang is the most popular inland attraction on the island, visited by tens of thousands of people annually. Grand Etang Forest Reserve suffered great devastation from both Hurricanes Ivan and Emily, in 2004 and 2005 respectively.
Seacology is funding the construction of three viewing towers, picnic tables, and interpretative signage for the reserve. The towers and signage will be placed at three strategic locations within the reserve, while the tables will be situated in a designated picnic area on the shores of Grand Etang Lake.
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- January 2016
- This project was completed in late 2015, when construction of the third viewing tower was finished. The project also included construction of three picnic benches, and the purchase of a dozen...
- May 2015
- After many delays, work on this project resumed in February. During a visit by the Chief Forestry Officer, his immediate predecessor and Seacology Field Representative Tyrone Buckmire in early...
- January 2015
- Two of the proposed three viewing towers have been completed and opened for public use, and foundation work on tower three has begun.
- June 2014
- Viewing tower two has been completed and opened for public use, while some of the foundation work on tower three has begun. This work started on Wednesday April 23rd, and the Forestry and National...