Bahamas National Trust Forms Exuma Branch
GREAT EXUMA, Bahamas — Working with concerned citizens on the island of Great Exuma, the BNT has established a regional branch for the island.
“We responded to a call for a meeting from residents on the island, who are concerned about natural resources on Great Exuma” said Neil McKinney, President of the BNT.
“The meeting led to the formalization of the group as our Great Exuma Regional Branch.”
The Branch’s number one priority is to increase its membership base in the Exuma Community. Other initiatives include reestablishment of the BNT environmental youth arm – Discovery Club, engagement of schools, churches and other civicgroups and local fishermen.
Additionally there will be an ongoing identification of areas that may be considered for additions as national parks and further management of existing protected areas such as Moriah Harbour Cay National Park and Cuffy Pond in Steventon Exuma.
The new branch will be supported by the Exuma Resource Centre which will provide office space and logistical support.
“We are happy to finally have the Branch established.” Said Jennifer Kettel, Chairperson of the Exuma Regional Branch.
“This has been a long term vision for Basil Minns and others before me for many years. I am very pleased with the support from the community and I am certain that with this committed slate of officers we will produce many conservation success stories for Exuma.”environment