Ecological Value

Research, reports such as The Biological Inventory of Sint Maarten (Anna Rojer, 1997) and in situ observations have indicated that the hillsides in the Dutch Cul de Sac area, in particular the Sentry Hill hillside (the Emilio Wilson Estate), are of considerable value to the natural environment. The Sentry Hill Hillside/ Emilio Wilson Estate property is an ideal location for the establishment of a Natural Park for the following reasons:

  1. The presence of original and vulnerable hilltop vegetation with a profusion of Araceae, bromeliads, ferns, mosses and orchids.
  2. The regional rarity of these forest formations.
  3. The importance of the forests as refuge for endangered and rare bird and bat species, the lizard Anolis wattsi pogus and the grass-snake.
  4. The fact that the area is the largest remaining area available for establishing a continuous nature reserve in the Dutch part of St. Maarten.
  5. The presence of epiphytes that can serve as nesting places for endangered dove species.
  6. The importance of the area’s caves for various bird and bat species.