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Title: STENAPA update
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Publisher: St. Eustatius National Parks Foundation
Place of Publication: Gallow Bay, St Eustatius, N.A.
Publication Date: January 2001
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ST. EUSTATIUS NATIONAL PARKS FOUNDATION


January 2002
Volume 1, Issue 1


STE*NA*PA FOUmNnaM
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STE.NA.PA

NEWSLETTER


FRIENDS OF STE.NA.PA


Inside this issue:
A word from the Manager
Snorkeling Club
Botanical Garden Grant
New Yacht Moorings...
Volunteers thank Donors
Lily "the volunteer dog" -
Volunteer Program









Help us save paper & money,
If you would like to receive the
e-mail version of this
newsletter,
please send us
your e-mail address at
semp@goldenrock.net


ST Eustatius NAtional
PArks just restarted its pro-
gram "Friends of
STENAPA". All funds
collected through this pro-
gram are helping our foun-
dation protect Sint Eusta-
tius environment. When
joining our program you
will be provided with a
membership card from
which you will get many
benefits (see list). The
Board and the Management
of STENAPA would like to
thank local stores that are
participating in the pro-
gram, as well as the new
members that joined
"Friends of STENAPA".
If you would like to receive
more information on how
to join "Friends of
STENAPA", come by our
office located in Gallows
Bay or call us at 318-2884.


PARTICIPATING STORES:


Blue Bead Restaurant


Kings Well Resort


Mazinga


5% off meals
(except daily specials)

15% off hotel rates & food +
beverages

5% off souvenirs & T-shirts
(cash purchases only)


Rivers Enterprises N.V. 10% off store merchandise

Smoke Alley Bar & Grill 5% off meals


STENAPA Store


Super Burger

Trico Supplies N.V.


(except during happy hours and
when using your frequencycard)

15% off our merchandise,
10 % off Snorkeling Club

10% off one hot meal

10% off sand & gravel, 5% off
ready mixed concrete


TURTLE PROGRAM STARTING IN MARCH


A turtle tagging and hatch-
ling monitoring program
begins in March on Zeelan-
dia beach and will continue
through the end of nesting
season in August. This
project will provide valu-
able data on the endan-
gered animals to Carib-


bean-wide marine research-
ers and Park managers
through a linked database
program. We would like to
involve the community,
especially youth, to partici-
pate in the beach tagging.
If you are interested in the
program, please contact the


Marine Park Office at 318-
2884.








PAGE 2 STB NA. PA


A WORD FROM THE MANAGER


STE.NA.PA

Executive Board:
Ronny Coutar, President
Siegfried Carty, V. P.
Jessica Berkel, Secretary
Jana Mason, Treasurer

Board:
Kay Boyd
Daniel Eaton
Jan van Duren

Manager:
Kay Lynn Plummer

Assistant Manager:
Gershon Lopes


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"In the end, we will
conserve only what we
love,
we will love only what
we understand,
and we will
understand only what
we are taught"
Baba Dioum,
Senegalese
conservationist


I would like to thank volun-
teers Rozenn Le Scao of
France and Stephan Gohlert
and Mirjam Schneider of
Germany, for their dedication
to the mission and goals of
STENAPA. Without their
hard work, we would not be
where we are today.
Since arriving on Statia less
than a year ago, I have gained
many valuable experiences,
and have seen some large
goals achieved in a shorter
period of time than I first
thought possible.


Thanks to progressive think-
ing by the Island Government
and fast action by the local
police, STENAPA has man-
aged to help safeguard at
least two marine species from
becoming closer to extinc-
tion. With time, we hope to


develop better working rela-
tionships with local indus-
tries, especially the dive and
fishing industries. We should
all work together to accom-
plish shared goals and to help
protect our marine environ-
ment for future generations.
Please pass by or call at the
Marine Park office with any
questions or suggestions
which will help us to better
manage our precious natural
resources, both below and
above Statia's waters.


Looking forward to the future


SNORKELING CLUB


Thanks to a much-needed
grant, STENAPA was able to
purchase enough snorkeling
gear to initiate this year's
snorkeling program. Assis-
tant manager, Gershon
Lopes, hopes that this pro-
gram will foster future rang-
ers of Statia. The snorkeling
club takes place every


Wednesday at 2:30 and ends
around 4:30. The course in-
cludes learning about marine
life, conservation of marine
resources, and basic snorkel-
ing skills. The children are
guided in the calm waters of
Gallows Bay and are awarded
a Skin Diver Certificate from
the most recognized diving


organization, PADI.
It's never too late to sign
your child up because new
groups are formed frequently.
This is the perfect opportu-
nity for your child to learn
how to snorkel and gain a
better understanding of ma-
rine life.


BOTANICAL GARDEN GRANT AWARDED


STENAPA was awarded a
grant for the Miriam C.
Schmidt Botanical Garden by
the "Prins Bernhard Natuur-
fonds/Prince Bernhard Fund
for Nature". The funds given
by this Dutch organization
will make it possible for
STENAPA to start with
"Phase One". This phase in-
cludes the purchase and
planting of trees, construction


of stairways, upgrading the
greenhouse, and other im-
provements such as a second
pump for irrigation, invasive
exotic removal, and fencing
to strengthen the perimeter
fence. Another grant awarded
by KNAP Fund will be used
to purchase a strong 4x4 Mit-
subishi truck for both the Ma-
rine Park and the Botanical
Garden.


Hopefully more grants will
be awarded in the near future
to complete the project.


Entrance of the Miriam C
Schmidt Botanical Garden


PAGE 2


STE.NA.PA








VOLUME 1, ISmUE I PAGE 3


NEW YACHT MOORINGS INSTALLED


The Statia Marine Park, with
help from Nature Foundation
St. Maarten, installed six new
yacht moorings during the
week of January 21 through
25. The installation equip-
ment is very expensive, so
the Saba Marine Park, St.
Maarten Nature Foundation
and Statia Marine Park share
use and expense of it.
The Nature Foundation origi-
nally traveled to Statia to
help the Marine Park install
boundary buoys around the
Marine Park Reserves, but
decided to change missions
and use Paul's skills to


Paul Ellinger from Nature
Foundation St. Maarten


improve the yacht mooring
system because it seemed the
more urgent of the two pro-
jects.
The Marine Park used most
of it's grant-funded mooring
materials on these new yacht
mooring systems, so the
boundary buoy project will
have to wait until more fund-
ing comes through.
Many thanks to the St.
Maarten Nature Foundation
for helping the Statia Marine
Park make it's yacht moor-
ings stronger and safer.


VOLUNTEERS GIVE MANY THANKS TO DONORS


We would like to thank mem-
bers of the STENAPA board
for donating goods to improve
our living conditions at the
Botanical Garden.
Gifts that were donated inclu-
de a new stove, pillows,
sheets, cooking utensils, and
shelves.


Also we would like to thank Ri-
vers Enterprises for allowing
STENAPA to conduct a raffle to
win a CD Changer / radio player
(see side photo). Each number
costs naf 10 or US$ 6. The mo-
ney collected will be used to-
wards the purchase of a gas ope-
rated refrigerator for the volun-
teers. The final draw is schedu-
led for the 3rd of February


Many thanks to the
people that have
donated their time to
help our foundation:
Curt Coker
Don Johnston
John Gall
Mike Johnson
The Morning Glory
Foundation


LILY "THE VOLUNTEER DOG"


Lily was donated to us by
Andres Mercera three month
ago. Lily is now a guard,
watch, and company dog for
the volunteers at the Miriam
C. Schmidt Botanical Gar-
den. She loves living behind
the mountain. She also helps
keep goats out of the Botani-
cal Garden.


Lily is sponsored by Mrs &
Mr van Duren and we would
like to thank them very
much for their efforts.
Mr van Duren is also a
member of STENAPA's
Board.


VOLUME I ISSU I


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St. Eustatius National
Parks Foundation

Phone: 599-318-2884
Fax: 599-318-2913
Email: semp@goldenrock.net





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ST. EUSTATIUS NATIONAL PARKS FOUNDA-
TION IS A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION,
WE ARE ALWAYS IN NEED OF FUNDING. IF
YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP US AND SPON-
SOR OUR NEWSLETTERS, WE ACCEPT
DONATIONS AT:


ST EUSTATIUS NATIONAL PARKS
GALLOWS BAY
ST EUSTATIUS, N.A.



THANK YOU.


VOLUNTEER PROGRAM


We are looking
for Board Mem-
bers. If you are
interested in join-
ing the board of
STENAPA,
please send a let-
ter of interest to
our office located
in Gallows Bay.


So far, six students from
around the world have trav-
eled to Statia to volunteer
for ST Eustatius NAtional
PArks. Rozenn Le Scao of
France helps the manager
in the office with just about
everything. She has been
with us for six months and
will be here for at least two
more. Rudy Woods and
Theresa Paulson from the
U.S. completed six months
of volunteer work in Janu-
ary. Mirjam Schneider of
Germany helped maintain
trails in The Quill while
taking many photographs
which will appear in our
new Quill brochure. She


also helped anywhere else
she was needed and com-
pleted her three month in-
ternship in December.
Stephan Gdhlert, also of
Germany, is our Botanical
Garden intern. He also
helps maintain trails and
staff the office on the
weekends, as well as any-
thing else that needs to be
accomplished. Stephan will
complete six months of
practical training with us in
March. Ben Cotton of the
U.S. recently arrived to
fulfill a four month volun-
teer position in the Botani-
cal Garden.


Two more volunteers will
arrive by the end of Janu-
ary, and the volunteer pro-
gram will be ongoing until
sustainable funding can be
found in order to hire paid
employees.

Some volunteer accom-
plishments so far include:
1- Preliminary development of a
master plan for the Botanical
Garden.
2- "Friends of STENAPA"
3- Educational programs
4- Regular beach clean-ups
5- Design of trail leaflet
6- Most of this newsletter!
7- And much, much more




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