One of Cayman’s most important natural areas, the Mastic Reserve, was recently expanded through the purchase of an additional 18 properties by the National Trust for the Cayman Islands.
The properties add 110.67 acres to the Reserve, and the purchases were made possible due to generous donations from clients of MaplesFS.
“The MaplesFS Community Services Committee is pleased to make this donation on behalf of our clients,” said Ebony Myles-Berry, chairperson of the committee.
“It is our corporate responsibility to ensure that unique natural environments such as the Mastic Reserve continue to thrive, and are preserved for the enjoyment of future generations.”
The Mastic Reserve was established in 1992 when 144.15 acres were donated to the National Trust by the Cayman Islands Government. The reserve now protects a total area of 716.765 acres.
“This is an exciting addition to the Reserve,” said Carla Reid, chairperson of the National Trust.
“It includes wetlands that supply much needed moisture to the forest. We are delighted that MaplesFS has once again supported our efforts to preserve the Island’s biodiversity.”
“The cooperation we have received from the community represents concern for the future of our natural areas,” said Paul Watler, environmental programmes manager designate of the National Trust.
“The generous contributions from MaplesFS ensured the necessary resources were available to purchase the land. Assistance was also rendered by two firms, Charterland and DDL Studio, who kindly discounted their fees for the preparation of property valuation reports. Collaboration such as this is vital in order to secure Cayman’s natural heritage.”
The Mastic Reserve was created to preserve Grand Cayman’s largest contiguous area of lowland semi-deciduous forest. Nearly undisturbed, this forest forms an irreplaceable core habitat for many of the unique animals and plants that can only be found in the Cayman Islands. As such it is regarded as an area of regional conservation significance.
The area is traversed by the historic Mastic Trail, which affords excellent opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to become acquainted with Cayman’s wildlife. The Mastic Trail can be accessed free of charge and is open 365 days per year, although the rainy season may occasionally make the southern end of the trail tough to traverse.
The National Trust also hosts regularly scheduled interpretive walks.
For more information visit nationaltrust.org.ky or telephone 749-1121