Controlling the Plunder

Nick Wicks

Nick Wicks

… of Belize’s natural resources:

At the end of March, Ya’axche Sustainable Land Use Program Manager Nick Wicks went on patrol with members of the Belize Defense Force.  They scouted areas within the Columbia River Forest Reserve close to the Belize–Guatemala border that would be appropriate for establishing an observation post to curb the incursion of foreign nationals intent on illegally logging and harvesting xaté in Belize’s protected forests. Efforts in the area are challenged by the two and a half day hike over rugged terrain that is needed to get into the remote area.

The information gathered on the patrol will be used by Ya’axche, the Government of Belize and other partners to determine the most effective means of preventing these incursions which have so far removed lumber estimated to be worth millions of dollars and xaté that it is of unquantifiable value.

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