Flying with LightHawke

Last week Ya’axche staff had the opportunity to fly over its protected lands in a single-prop plane … a service provided by LightHawke.  We had a variety of tasks to accomplish, from charting river systems to monitoring land use adherence to identifying new threats and illegal farming incursions.

LightHawke offers a unique product in the conservation sphere.  By providing flight time to conservation organizations and other groups, they give a completely new perspective on the impact of local initiatives.  They are a US company, but operate quite extensively in Central America and the Caribbean.

So here’s some of what we saw over our protected areas:

Coastal Broadleaf Forest Extending to the Maya Mountain Foothills

Coastal Broadleaf Forest Extending to the Maya Mountain Foothills

Cockscomb

Cockscomb Range at the Top of the Maya Mountains

Patchwork Landscape from Slash & Burn Agriculture and Logging

Patchwork Landscape from Slash & Burn Agriculture and Logging

The Look of Illegal Logging

The Look of Illegal Logging

Your Ya'axche Comms Officer

Your Friendly Ya'axche Comms Officer

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