Posted by hougansydney.com on Thursday, October 23, 2014 Under: Forest
Massif de la Hotte is a mountain range in southwestern Haiti covering areas from Jeremie, Les Cayes and Port-Salut. Its highest point rises to 7.700 ft, Haiti's second highest pic.
It is one of the only two protected natural forests of Haiti and is home to the Island of Hispaniola most diverse and significant biodiversity. The majority of it's birds, plants and nearly 100% of its reptiles are found nowhere else in the world, 13 of its amphibians are also endemic solely in Haiti. Conservation International lists the Massif de la Hotte as one of the most conservation urgent in the world in order to protect these extremely rare species.
As of right now, visit to the Massif de La Hotte is restricted to a limited number of daily visitors to preserve its integrity. The current Haitian government came under fire last year for evicting a number of farmers trying to settle in the area, but many international conservationists found it very unfair that the international community criticized the Haitian government for the drastic actions it had to resort to in order to protect this forest.
It is no secret that Haiti is suffering major deforestation issues and authorities have the obligation to take unpopular decisions to protect the little that is left of the country's ecosystem.
If you do visit the Massif de la Hotte, please make sure to not leave behind anything that you might have brought with you, especially plastic items. Do not bring anything that can cause fire and most importantly do not cut down any trees or capture any animals. Violators are very likely to be arrested by Haitian authorities.
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