The Minister of the Environment and Natural Resources (MMARN), Miguel Ceara Hatton, made a tour of supervision of the roads and surveillance infrastructure of the Sierra de Bahoruco National Parkunder reconditioning since November.
“We are immersed in a process of improving the surveillance infrastructure that facilitates the work of our park rangers and strengthens their supervision and control tasks in this protected area,” said Ceara Hatton.
The official, who was accompanied by the Administrative Director of the MMARN, Gilberto Valdez, in the interest of listening to the park rangers in their own work spaces, specified that “we have already improved some of the roads with the support of the Ministry of Public Works”.
In addition, the tour was attended by the Vice Minister of Protected Areas, Federico Franco; the director of the National Environmental Protection Service (Senpa), captain René Rodríguez Álvarez, and the director of Protected areas, Ney Soto.
Also, the regional coordinator of Protected Areas, Major Gregonio Núñez, and the administrator of the national park, Colonel José Gregorio Hernández.
The MMARN expects to complete the renovation and equipment work on the park’s surveillance booths by the third quarter of this year.
The tour was carried out with the support of members of the Army, the Specialized Land Border Security Corps (Cesfront) and the Air Force.
“We know that this park has real threats and that its preservation has been threatened for several years, but we are determined to fulfill our historic responsibility and you, the park rangers, are the primary human asset for this work,” said Ceara Hatton.
The minister, who traveled south by helicopter, was in the areas of Loma del Toro and Charco Colorao, affected by a fire in December 2021.
He pondered that these areas are having a satisfactory natural recovery, thanks to the work of the Biodiversity Directorate of the Ministry of the Environment and the constant support of the Jaragua Group, an organization that he thanked for its efforts to preserve the park and its broadleaf forests.