Feb 27, 2018

Increasing presence in remote Bladen NatureReserve

Rangers patrolling remote corners of Bladen NR
Rangers patrolling remote corners of Bladen NR

Ya’axche’s dedicated and passionate rangers, along with support from the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Forest Department and the Special Branch Unit, have made another patrol into remote western Bladen Nature Reserve! In a reserve where only education and research is permitted, the team continue to discover signs of illegal activities.

Prior to departure, Ya’axche’s rangers and members of the other enforcement teams reviewed the area where they would like to cover during this multi-agency patrol. Building on the safety protocols developed for and implemented during the last patrol, the team reviewed the protocols so as to ensure safety and to prevent any mishaps from patrolling these hostile areas.

No encounters were made during the patrol but incursions into western Bladen continue. On the last patrol, the freshly cut trails and campsites which were encountered are no longer in use; all campsites during the last patrol were destroyed. During this patrol, the team discovered 4 additional campsites with 2 sites having campfires. One of the campsites had the throat-remains of a game bird species known as Great Curassow (Crax rubra). Another campsite was located near an archaeological site believed to have been used by looters.

2 looted mounds were found on this patrol; one of the mounds was looted about 3 months ago while the other site was plundered at least 2 years ago. At both the sites several pieces of broken clay pottery were found. The team was unable to determine what and how much was taken from the culturally significant sites. As usual the compliance team left signs saying that the area is being patrolled and that entry is prohibited.

The multi-agency compliance team patrolled over 33 miles into the tropical forests of Bladen Nature Reserve including that of surrounding other areas of natural wonder, protected areas.

Ya’axche sincerely thanks each amazing international friend and family who has donated towards our campaign of increasing patrols in western Bladen Nature Reserve. Ya’axche is equally grateful for the enforcement partners who join our team on the expeditions. In order to protect this globally important area of natural wonder more presence is needed in the area.

Moving forward, Ya’axche will continue to look for more funding to send more rangers with support from enforcement professions to Bladen Nature Reserve so that our presence is felt and that we all continue to enjoy the services the protected area provides. Additionally we will continue to dialogue with the Government of Belize help address incursions.

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One of the campsites found
One of the campsites found
A recently used campfire
A recently used campfire
Broken pieces of pottery from a looted site
Broken pieces of pottery from a looted site
Pottery pieces from another looted site
Pottery pieces from another looted site
Feb 14, 2018

Inga Alley Cropping - Climate Smart Farming video

Inga Alley Cropping - Climate Smart Farming video
Inga Alley Cropping - Climate Smart Farming video

Over the past months, we have been busy working on producing an Inga Alley Cropping video which shows steps on how to establish an inga plot. 

Inga Alley Cropping aims to reduce deforestation and fire use by making existing plot more productive. Inga trees are leguminous meaning that they fix nitrogen in the soil. Inga trees create a think blanket of mulch on the ground as it grows and suppress fast growing weeds. Additional Inga trees hold the top soil in place. The trees are then pruned after a two year establishment to grow annual crops such as corn, bean, tomatoes, pineapples and black peppers, just to name a few. 

This video will be widely shared among the farmers which we work with within the Maya Golden Landscape. This along with extension support from our team will strengthen the establishment of more productive, sustainable and environmentally friendly farming practices in the Maya Golden Landscape of southern Belize.

Below is the link to the Inga Alley Cropping - Climate Smart Farming video, enjoy:  

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ezxeE_p_vYk 

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Sep 14, 2017

Rangers are protecting southern Belize's forests

Rangers patrolling western Bladen Nature Reserve
Rangers patrolling western Bladen Nature Reserve

Ya’axche’s dedicated and passionate rangers, along with support from the Belize Defence Force, the Belize Forest Department and the Special Branch Unit, have made a patrol into remote western Bladen Nature Reserve! Although no encounters were made, signs of illegal activities were recorded.

Prior to departure, Ya’axche’s rangers and members of the other enforcement teams met to plan the multi-agency patrol in order to ensure that all members returned safely and prevent any mishaps from patrolling these hostile areas.

We can confirm that incursions continue in western Bladen; however, no encounters or arrests were made during this multiagency patrol. Four campsites were discovered, all of which were destroyed. In addition, three Maya mound sites were found to have been looted, one very recently, although we are unable to determine what or how much was taken from these culturally important archaeological sites. In multiple instances, evidence of hunting was recorded, including expended cartridges, tracks and hunting contraption. The rangers left signs in strategic areas so that perpetrators of illegal activities are aware of presence in the area.

Ya’axche’s protected areas management team has met with the enforcement professionals to compile a report, which is to be sent to the Government of Belize, and already other enforcement expeditions have been planned and strategized.

Ya’axche sincerely thanks each amazing international friend and family who has donated towards our campaign of increasing patrols in western Bladen Nature Reserve. Ya’axche is equally grateful for the enforcement partners who join our team on the expeditions. No doubt more boots on the ground are necessary to help protect this globally important area of natural wonder.

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Camp found in western Bladen Nature Reserve
Camp found in western Bladen Nature Reserve
Camp destroyed
Camp destroyed
Expended cartridge, a sign of hunting
Expended cartridge, a sign of hunting
Fire with stakes used for cooking
Fire with stakes used for cooking
Rangers review their patrol
Rangers review their patrol

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