Footprints Nature Hike
- Footprints Nature Hike - Cunha Cunha Pass Trail
- Cunha Cunha Pass Trial -
- Footprints Nature Hike
Saturday, December 7, 2013
In celebration of International Mountain Day, the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust (JCDT) is pleased to partner with the Bowden Pen Farmers Association (BPFA) to host you on another Footprints Nature Hike this time on December 7th to promote the rich natural and cultural heritage of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and its environs.
The Cunha Cunha Pass Trail has been designated by the Jamaica National Heritage Trust as a National Monument and passes through the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park. The Trail is 8km (5 miles) long and is a historic trail initially used by the Maroons to allow for trade between St. Thomas and Portland but later during the Maroon Wars it became a site of many battles with the British. The Trail starts at Hayfield, St. Thomas (above Bath) and ends at Bowden Pen which is still in St. Thomas but at the end of the Rio Grande Valley connecting to Millbank, and Moore Town, Portland. The Trail is generally flat with a short incline initially but going into the valley, it is mainly flat and sometimes downhill. There are large trees of several species and numerous tree ferns and bromeliads in the lush forest on either side of the Trail.
During the International Mountain Day Footprints Nature Hike, Rangers and other guides will provide hikers with, information about the area, answer questions posed and any other assistance needed. There are two rest stops on the Trail and refreshment will be provided at the first one, about an hour into the hike.
The hike will end at Ambassabeth – a community-based eco-resort operated by the Bowden Pen Farmers Association (BPFA). The BPFA is one of the community organizations JCDT works with to help protect the National Park and they restored and maintain the Cunha Cunha Pass Trail. Ambassabeth is located a few minutes walk from one of the tributaries of the Rio Grande – so you will be able to enjoy a dip and swim. There is a large lounge and dining area where we will be treated to a tasty meal and you can relax in the gardens. Ambassabeth has several cabins available for rent and there are other trails – so you will want to consider booking an overnight visit for another time.
After lunch, relaxation and fun, there will be short walk – over flat land, past the actual end of the Cunha Cunha Pass Trail – about ½ hour to 45 minutes - to the buses to take back to Kingston.
International Mountain Day
International Mountain Day is a United Nations designated since 2002 (International Year of the Mountains) to raise awareness about the importance of mountains to life and to encourage support for the care and support for the protection and conservation of mountain ecosystems such as forests and streams.
Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park
The Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park (BJCMNP) is about 48,000 hectares (100,000 acres) and is managed by the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust under delegation from the Natural Resources Conservation Authority and in partnership with the:-
- National Environment and Planning Agency
- Forestry Department
- Jamaica National Heritage Trust
- Several community-based organizations including the Bowden Pen Farmers Association.
The Blue and John Crow Mountains are internationally significant for their rich biological diversity and cultural heritage and nationally significant for these and other reasons including water supply for eastern Jamaica, soil conservation, climate change adaptation and recreational opportunities.
Footprints Nature Hike will assist in:-
- Raising awareness about the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and the Ambassabeth Eco-Resort
- Encourage more hiking along the Cunha Cunha Pass Trail
- Raise well needed funds to help support management of the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park such as our work in forest conservation, bird monitoring, environmental education and assisting local communities to make their livelihoods more environmentally sustainable.
For more information on the Blue and John Crow Mountains National Park and the Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust visit our websites: http://www.blueandjohncrowmountains.org and http://www.jcdt.org.jm
- Parking will be provided for participants at the Emmanuel Christian Academy, 2 Olivier Road, Kingston 8. After parking and sign-in, participants will assemble in the designated waiting area before departure to Hayfield, St. Thomas.
- Buses will leave the Emmanuel Academy Parking lot at approximately 6:30 am.
- Lunch will be provided at Ambassabeth. Participants should indicate their preference on their registration form.
- The buses will return the participants to Emmanuel Christian Academy by 8:00pm latest.
- The International Mountain Day Footprints Nature Hike will have a limited amount of hikers, so register early. The deadline for entry submission is Friday, November 22, 2013.
- Choose between Corporate, Group or Individual participation. See information below and links to download the registration forms.
Each company is asked to contribute $67,000. This sponsorship entitles each company to a maximum of 20 participants. Companies that wish to have more than 20 hikers participate will be required to make an additional contribution of $3,350 per person. A Team Leader should be named, through which and to whom all information relating to the hike will be sent.
Public Sector, Non-Government and Community-Based Organizations may also submit a team comprising of no less than 10 persons. The sponsorship amount is $3,500 per person. A Team Leader should be named, through which and to whom, all hike related information will be sent.
Individuals who wish to participate and do not fall in either of the categories above can participate with a contribution of $3,800.
NB: All Registration Fees are Non-Refundable
Information for Potential Hikers
- Ensure you are fit and healthy: get ready to participate in the International Mountain Day Footprints Nature Hike on the Cunha Cunha Pass Trail from Hayfield to Bowden Pen, St. Thomas.
- Attire must be comfortable and supportive of walking long distances (8km), sometimes uphill (we do not recommend tight jeans).
- Refreshments/lunch will be provided but carry your personal water and/or other beverage/snacks.
- Consider bringing your binoculars and cameras.
- Remember, your participation will help support the JCDT and its work in protecting and conserving the natural and cultural heritage of the Blue and John Crow Mountains.
For additional information please contact:
Jamaica Conservation and Development Trust
29 Dumbarton Avenue.
(876) 920-8278-9 or (876)960-2848
Office Hours are:
Mondays - Thursdays: 8:30am to 5:00pm and on Fridays 8:30am – 4:30pm
It has been said that when visiting natural sites you should “Take nothing but photographs; Leave nothing but footprints” – we are sure you will feel the same
See you there!
- Cunha Cunha Pass Trial
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