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August 2003

I Newsletter 2/2003


Welcome to New Manager

Inside this issue:

Nicole Esteban arrived in
Statia in early May with her
husband Pete to take over
the position as Manager of
the National and Marine
Parks. She took over from Kay
Lynn Plummer who had
been working as Manager for
the past 2 years.

Nicole is British with a Dutch
mother (and speaking basic
Dutch) and has a degree in
Marine Biology and MSc in
Tropical Coastal Manage-
ment. She has been working
in coastal management and
marine parks since 1994 and
brings a range of experience
from a number of countries,
in particular Egypt, Fji, Sri
Lanka and Caribbean coun-

tries of St Lucia, Jamaica, Be-
lize and Turks and Caicos

Since arriving in early May,
Nicole has focused on get-
ting to know people on Statia
and, in particular, the stake-
holders involved in the ma-
rine and natural parks, and a
number of meetings have
already been set up to better
understand the needs of
people using the parks.

STENAPA currently has a
very busy programme with
the parks and the botanical
gardens. Since the beginning
of 2003, STENAPA has wel-
comed groups of volunteers
coming from around the
world to assist on different

Nicole with rescued green turtle hatch-
ling on Zeelandia Beach

projects, and so life has been
very busy. One of the main
areas that Nicole wishes to
focus on is increasing aware-
ness of STENAPA activities,
and we hope that everyone
will soon be seeing more
newspaper articles and hear-
ing radio interviews to under-
stand more about STENAPA.

New wreck on Statia-the Charles L Brown

In March of this year, Statia's
newest reef arrived: the
Charles L Brown The Charles
Brown is a 100-metre long
(320 ft) vessel constructed in
1954 and previously used by
US company AT&T for cable
laying. After having crossed
many oceans, the vessel was
retired and arrived in Statia in
March 2003. From this point,
the Charles Brown Commit-
tee was set up to oversee the
preparation and sinking of
the ship. The Committee is

comprised of the three dive
centres (Dive Statia, Golden-
rock and Scubaqua), Marine
Park and the Tourism Office.
Since March, teams of volun-
teers from STENAPA and the
dive centres and wider com-
munity have prepared the
boat for sinking (cleaning,
removal of oils and fuel, re-
moval of hazardous waste),
and it was sunk on 25th July.
Sinking of the vessel had
commenced on 2 Ist when
ballast, cable and fuel tanks

were filled with sea water.
The final sinking operation
commenced at 4.20pm and
finished at 5.41 pm on the
25 although the plan was
to sink the vessel on Sunday
26t July. The reason for the
early sinking of the ship was
due to a pipe breakage in the
generator room early on Fri-
day; the ship then began
taking water in rapidly and
could have sunk upside
down. Everyone celebrated
with a party two nights later.

Volunteers at STENAPA 2

School presentations: 2
STENAPA certificates
awarded to winners

Botanical Gardens: 2
completion of Ist arbor
in Sensory Garden

Trails in the Quill Na- 3
tional Park: crater trail

Junior Ranger program 3
starts soon

Turtle program at Zee- 4
landia Beach: Leather-
back Turtles nesting

Special points of inter-

* The Botanical Gardens are open
from 8am-1 pm every weekday.
Contact the office if you want to
visit outside of these hours.

* The Charles Brown is at its final
resting place and all divers need
to go with a dive centre for
safety reasons.

* You are invited to join patrols
for the turtle programme on
Zeelandia. Contact the office to
let us know when you wish to

* The Plant Sale will continue until
mid September at the Marine
Park Office. We have plants
from fl.5-fl.50.

P_ St Eustatius: National and Main e aksa d o a ic lGa d n


Volunteers at STENAPA

Ever since we started our volunteer pro-
gram in 2001 with Rozenn Le Scao as
one of the first group we have had
more than 50 volunteers from all over
the world coming to STATIA. Their aim is
to give a little back to Nature (to mother
earth). Our first type of volunteers are
now called interns due to the fact they
stay longer, have more responsibility for
programs and often gain practical experi-
ence after finishing university. Interns
work in areas such as the Marine Park,
Botanical Garden and Trails and often do
a specific project, may it be an important
study like the Conch (Strombus gigas)
study that was done by STENAPA staff
and Julie Davis (from Canada), develop-
ment of thejunior ranger program or
repairs to the crater trails. Currently, Kath
Selkirk and Jim Taggart (from the UK) are
working as interns at the Botanical Gar-

dens (from July 2003 January 2004).

The group that repaired the crater trails
were from the first group of a new type
of volunteers whose headquarters are in
England, the WorkingAbroadvolunteers.
Each group comes for 8 weeks and the
3rd group has onlyjust left Statia. Projects
that WorkitngAbroad volunteers have
been helping out with include our Turtle
Monitoring and Tagging Program at Zee-
landia beach and the cleaning of the
Charles Brown. These volunteers have
done a greatjob and we will go so far as
to say STENAPA would not be able to
function or even survive without the vol-
unteer programs. We would like to thank
them for their continual support of our
project and programs.

We would also like to have more local
volunteers to assist with our programs.

There are lots of opportunities to assist,
including helping clean mooring lines,
coming on turtle patrol, watering and
weeding at the botanical gardens, and
more. Contact us if you are interested.

Group 2 from Working Abroad celebrate the
completion of the crater trail, June 2003
(Photo: Nicole Esteban)

School presentations: STENAPA certificates awarded

We carry out presentations in each of the
4 island schools about the marine park,
national park or botanical gardens every
month. Subjects covered so far in 2003
include Coral Reefs, The Deep Sea, the
Life Cycle of Lucy the Leatherback Turtle
and the Needs of Plants at the Botanical
Gardens. At the end of each presenta-

tion, we ask a quiz question and answers
are collected from the classes. Certificates
and prizes for last year's winners (tshirt
and pens) and runners up (pens) who
had only one question wrong were pre-
sented at the end of August. Next
month's presentation will be on the Snor-
kel club and Junior Ranger Program.

Winners of last school year's quiz:
Golden Rock School
Joanna Cheng, Eric Henriquez,
Shinoussa Redan
Governor de Graaf School
Antoinette Schmidt
Seventh Day Adventist School
Chantal Busby

Botanical Gardens: completion of first arbor in Sensory Garden

The botanical garden is still in its infancy.
Because of its large scale, the overall pro-

Celebration of completion of Touch Arbor by
Morning Glory Foundation & 3rd Working
Abroad volunteer group, August 2003 (Photo:
Jerry Kennedy).

ject consists of 5 phases, of which Phase
One is now mostly complete. Visitors to
the gardens can see the start of the Sen-
sory Garden, with arbors displaying
plants that appeal to the 5 senses. The
first arbor was completed last month (see
photo). Each of the arbors contains activi-
ties (for children and adults) to explore
each sense. The shady pavilion provides
picnic tables and barbeques, and a pano-
rama of the southern slopes of the Quill
and St Kitts and Nevis. The lookout gar-
den now has benches and will soon have
easels for artists. One of the next phases
is the construction of a trail to the back of
the gardens and to link with the Quill trail

All work in the garden is carried out by

teams of volunteers. Members of the
Morning Glory Foundation provide cut-
tings and valuable knowledge of native
plants, and manage the shade house. In
addition to assistance from these Statia
residents, work is undertaken by groups
of enthusiastic international volunteers
who come to the island for periods of
between 2-6 months.

Visitors are welcome to come and enjoy
the fledging gardens, or perhaps assist
with the conservation efforts. Donations
of cuttings, equipment, skills or funds will
be gratefully received.

The Gardens are open every weekday
morning or contact the Parks Office in
Gallows Bay to arrange a group visit.

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Newsletter 2/2003

Trails in the Quill National Park: completion of the Crater Trail

On 28th May, STENAPA was very
pleased to announce the reopening of
the trail into the crater of the Quill vol-
cano. Following a rockslide in May 2002,
parts of the trail became unsafe and the
trail was eventually closed. Since then,
two teams of volunteers provided by the
UK organization Working Abroad have
been making significant improvements to
the trail. Last week, work was completed
and the resulting trail is both safe and
pleasing to the eye. Volunteers have
come from around the world, including
Belgium, Canada, Estonia, France, Ger-
many, Ireland, Switzerland, UK and USA.
Particular thanks go to the interns Chris
Blood and Rose Strickland Constable, as
well as the trails coordinator, Curt Coker
and the former parks manager, Kay Lynn
Plummer who brought the volunteers to
the island for this work. Materials for con-
struction of this trail have been partly
purchased using funds generated by the
$3 annual trail tags sold to hikers at the
STENAPA office.
Many hikers visit the Quill specifically so
that they can go into the crater. The rea-

son why the crater holds so much inter-
est is because the "evergreen seasonal
forest" in the crater contains many large,
beautiful trees and some unusual species
of birds. It has been said that the forest
in the crater is very similar in appearance
to the Amazon rainforest. It is hoped
that, given safe access, more people will
see the crater and develop an apprecia-
tion for the fragile natural resources of
Sint Eustatius.
The new trail into the Quill crater has
been constructed in a way that is as
natural as possible, so that the hiker has
the experience of walking through an
undisturbed wilderness. In most places,
large rocks and boulders were moved
into place to form steps. Where neces-
sary for safety, some treated lumber and
non-natural materials were also used.
Although the new trail is much safer than
the old trail, the Parks would like to cau-
tion hikers that this is still a trail for inter-
mediate to advanced hikers. It is steep,
and there are areas where the hiker must
scramble over boulders.

Since June 2003, we have been focusing
on maintaining steps that had been
washed away on the lower Quill trail and
also clearing the pathway and putting
more signs to make the Round the Moun-
tain trail more clear to visitors. The next
trail intern arrives from Canada at the
beginning of October and will be respon-
sible for construction of the trail at the
back of the botanical gardens and for
maintaining all other trails. He will also be
leading hikes every weekend.
At the same time, we are also reviewing
the Quill National Park brochure and a
new brochure will be printed in the next
months. The last intern, Rose Strickland-
Constable plotted out the trail system and
we will shortly be producing an up-to-
date map.
Please come to the STENAPA office if
you have any questions about the trails,
or want to report an area of the trails re-
quiring maintenance. We ask all visitors
and short-term residents to purchase
their trail tags ($3/year) at the office be-
fore going to the National Park

Junior Ranger Program starts soon

The aim of the Junior Ranger Program is
to educate Statia's youth about the ma-
rine and terrestrial environments so that
they are better prepared to conserve and
protect them in the future. The concept
for this Program was designed by former
Manager, Kay Lynn Plummer and Assis-
tant Manager Gershon Lopes early in
2003. With this concept, a grant from the
Prins Bernhard personal fund was ac-
quired to develop the program and pur-
chase equipment. During July-August,
STENAPA was very fortunate to have the
help of a science teacher from the UK,
Fran Miller who came to develop a
scheme of work and 24 lessons for the
Junior Ranger Program.
The Junior Ranger program has been
designed to give children over the age of
12 (and having completed the STENAPA
snorkel club) a lot of information about
the marine and terrestrial environment in
Statia. Junior Rangers will be taught the
skills which are currently used to con-
serve and protect the environment of

Statia by the staff of STENAPA. There
will be lectures to listen to, videos to
watch and lots of practical activities in-
cluding snorkeling, making trails and
growing plants.
Different lessons are planned for each
week of the first 2 terms of the school
. year. The summer term will be used for
catching up on missed lessons and more
practical work. Lesson areas include:
Botanical Gardens (tour of garden,
garden tasks, understanding needs
of plants),

Coral Reef (fish and corals),

Marine Park (buoy preparation,
knots, snorkeling, boat understand-
ing, turtles)
Rainforest (plants and trees, ani-
National Park trail skills (hiking, mak-
ing stone walls, benching and drain-
age channels),

* Animal welfare (visiting the vet, ani-
mals on Statia)

* Volcanoes (crater hike)

* Hurricanes (preparing for a hurri-

* Protected Areas (marine reserves,

Booklets are being prepared for each
junior ranger with all the activities in
order to complete the -
Junior Ranger
stage 1. Activi-
ties start at the
end of Septem-
ber so come to
the office to
sign up now!

New logo forjunior ranger program

Page 3

St Eustatius: National and Marine
Parks and Botanical Gardens

St Eustatius National Parks

Marine Park Office
Gallows Bay
St. Eustatius, Netherlands Antilles

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

STENAPA is an environmental not-for-profit foundation on St
Eustatius and was established in 1988. The objectives of
STENAPA are to upkeep the natural environment, to preserve
and protect endangered or endemic species (flora and fauna)
and to educate the community about the importance of the
protection of the natural environment.

Areas of responsibility include management of the marine
park, the national parks and the Miriam C Schmidt Botanical
Gardens. STENAPA is legally delegated by the Island Council to
manage these protected areas.


Vice President:

Ronnie Courtar
Irving Brown
Jana Mason
Jessica Berkel

Turtle Programme at Zeelandia Beach: Leatherback Turtles nesting

Turtle monitoring at Zeelandia started in
2002 with some night patrols which
were limited by the number of volunteers
able to go out at night. During 2002,
green and hawksbill turtles were seen
nesting on Zeelandia, by Lynch Beach
and Corrie-Corrie.

The 2003 nesting season started with a
bang in April when leatherback turtle
tracks were seen on Zeelandia Beach.
This was very surprising since it was the
first time that we have known that Leath-
erbacks come to nest in Zeelandia and
particularly exciting since Leatherbacks
are the most endangered species of sea
turtle in the world.

The sighting of these leatherback tracks
kick-started the 2003 turtle program to
monitor nesting turtles, tag turtles, mark
nests, relocate nests in the erosion zone
and to monitor hatchlings coming out
from nests. Nicole Esteban and Rozenn
Le Scao (who is the turtle program coor-
dinator) went to St Croix in May to learn
from their turtle monitoring program.

Additionally, STENAPA now has the
groups of volunteers from Working
Abroad and training sessions have taken
place to teach volunteers about turtle
biology and the activities of turtle pa-

Since the start of night patrols in April, we
have tried to schedule night-time patrols
5 days per week. We have had help from
the Working Abroad groups, Statia resi-
dents (including dive center staff) and
visiting tourists. In the past 4 months, we
have seen leatherback, green and hawks-
bill turtles nesting on the beach. We have
also been able to monitor the nests (it
takes about 60 days for eggs to mature
although we are finding that it takes less
time than usual which might be due to
the dark colour of sand which heats up
more than white sand) and make sure
that emerging hatchlings make it safely
to the sea (see photo). We also dig up
nests 24hours after emergence and, by
doing this, have saved over 100 turtles.

We have arranged talks about turtle con-

servation on Statia, and have recently
finished a series of talks at the Terminal.
Let us know if you would like us to give a
talk at your club or group meeting. We
are also organizing clean ups to try to
make the beach a safer place for nesting
turtles and also for hatchlings as they get
easily trapped by objects such as plastic
bags and wood debris. The next clean up
is at 4pm on Saturday 13th September so
please come along (parking near the
Maison sur la Plage hotel buildings) to
help out turtles on Statia.

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Leatherback hatchlings emerging from nest
on Zeelandia Beach, July 2003 (Photo: Nicole

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