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Over sixty percent (60%) of Invasive Alien (plants) Species have been eradicated from the Gros Piton Nature Trail (GPNT).

The plants threatened to compromise the Outstanding Universal Value (OUV) of the Piton Management Area, Saint Lucia’s UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Volunteers from around the island made the trek up the mountain on Friday February 27 and Saturday, February 28, removing in excess of one hundred sacks. The eradicated plants were then trucked for disposal at the Deglos Sanitary Landfill.

Speaking at the conclusion of the eradication, the Manager of the Piton Management Area Office Mr Augustine Dominique expressed optimism that the activity will be the start of greater environmental stewardship among Saint Lucians.

This initiative will be followed by spraying of any remaining roots with a designated herbicide on March 6 and 7. In addition the Forests and Lands Department and the Piton Management Office will continue to monitor the situation at Gros Piton to determine the need for further action.

The Ministry of Sustainable Development, Energy, Science and Technology salutes the many volunteers and corporate organisations who played a part in ensuring the success of the eradication.

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