Sites & Protected Areas

A number of properties of significant natural, cultural, or historical significance have been either vested in, or bequeathed by individuals to the Trust for conservation purposes over the decades. The Trust’s focus to date has been on the maintenance of these sites as part of the national patrimony, and in advocating the sustainable use and management of Saint Lucia’s natural resources. Some of the sites are protected areas by law, and others are deemed for protection by nature of their biological components.

National Trust Managed Sites

Pigeon Island National Landmark

Pigeon Island National Landmark is heralded as one of the most important monuments of Saint Lucias history. It is a vivid representation of the cultural and historical monuments of international, civil, military and marine cross currents, characteristic of West Indian historical change. A living museum within a natural setting, Pigeon Island is being nurtured through careful protection and intelligent development to serve the intellectual, cultural and recreational needs of all who visit this historic site. The picturesque, 44 acre island...

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Maria Islands Nature Reserve

The Maria Islands were declared a Nature Reserve in 1982 by the Government of Saint Lucia in recognition of their special function as a wildlife habitat and their unique flora and fauna. There are over eighty (80) plant species found on Maria Islands. The island is home to five endemic reptile species such as the world’s rarest snake – the Kouwés snake (Saint Lucia Racer), The Saint Lucia whiptail (Zandou), The Worm Snake (non poisonous), The Pygmy and Rock geckos...

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Pointe Sables Environmental Protection Area

The Pointe Sable Environmental Protection Area (PSEPA) is a coastal strip in the south of Saint Lucia which extends from Moule-a-Chique to Pointe de Caille, just north of Savannes Bay. This 1038 hectare site was designated an environmental protection area under the Physical Planning and Development Act of 2001 in August 2007. The PSEPA was also a demonstration site for Saint Lucia under the OECS Protected Areas and Associated Livelihoods Project (OPAAL) which officially ended in July 2011. The Pointe...

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Morne Pavillon Nature Reserve

The designated 18-acre Morne Pavillon site has a rich and interesting history as part of what is now the 3000-acre highly developed Cap Estate area. The name of the site is derived from the time (1700 period) when the French Civil Commandant, Baron de Longueville developed a cotton plantation at the northern end of St. Lucia and planted his flag on the Morne Pavilon area: He also built a port at nearby Anse Becune Prior to the establishment of the...

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Morne Fortuné

Morne Fortuné is the summit of a ridge, which rises to a height of 852 ft from the point La Toc - the southern arm of the Castries Harbour. Morne Fortuné means “Hill of Good luck” which is far from the truth, since this area was on many occasions the bloody battleground between the French and the English. It was later renamed Fort Charlotte 1794 by the father of Queen Victoria of Great Britain after a battle victory. In 1768,...

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Anse la Liberte

The Anse La Liberte site is located mid way along the island `s West Coast in the small fishing village of Canaries. The site which can be reached twenty-five (25) miles South-West of the capital Castries, was donated to the Trust in 1990 through the Nature Conservancy in the United States. The site consist of 133 acres and features an impressive diversity of plant species, ‘Brigand’ caves and a small beach. The site has an interesting history which is captured...

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