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Jun 8, 2017

Audubon Wants to Come Back to Crooked Tree

Last month a fire was set that wiped out the Belize Audubon Society’s Education Center in Crooked Tree. Someone deliberately set the structure on fire just hours before the village celebrated its annual cashew fest. Audubon lost everything in the blaze. The organization hasn’t always had a friendly relationship with some members of the village. But the Audubon told us that there weren’t any recent conflicts with the villagers. So, what will happen next – will they be rebuilding in the village? Today we spoke with Executive Director Amanda Burgos who says that there have been meetings and a process follows before any final decision as to what happens next.

 

Carlos Perdomo

Amanda Burgos, Executive Director, Belize Audubon Society

“We had a meeting last week Thursday with the Village Council, the Forest Department, and ourselves and APAMO was there as well. We were basically talking what were some of the major issues and some of the hurdles – kind of in that conversation process of where do we go, how do we move forward recognizing all the situations that are there and what are the best resolutions. In light of that, we are just holding off a little bit in terms of putting infrastructure back. But, yes, we are in process. So, the Village Council is the system through which we are going through. But in recognition that, as any situation that has conflict, there is going to be a process in place and having all these stakeholders giving their input into the process.”

 

Reporter

“And in light of the arson that took place that affects both the villagers and the Audubon Society, how would you describe the atmosphere of that meeting?”

 

Amanda Burgos

“The meeting, actually, the village council, we came to the table basically wanting to resolve the situation. I don’t think anyone want to live in necessarily an environment where you don’t feel safe. So, in light of that, the Village Council is very open to having these conversations. And like I said, moving forward, the status right now is that the Fire Department has given the report to the police and it is now a matter in the Police’s hands.”

 

Reporter

“How soon will we see a structure go up to replace the one that was burnt down?”

 

Amanda Burgos

“I think, we have to let the process take its time and then therefore, we will move forward in what is recommended. Like I said, we want to do this in conjunction with the Village Council, the Forest Department, and trying to be as conscientious to the situation as we can.”

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2 Responses for “Audubon Wants to Come Back to Crooked Tree”

  1. Belizean pride says:

    Oh geez sorry for the villagers again.

  2. Kriol Chicken says:

    Belize will only move forward if conservation efforts succeed. Tourists don’t want to visit an area that is devoid of fish and wildlife. Those are the facts.

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