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Gov’t importing trees for damaged beaches

Not the trees mentioned in the story. (Google Image)

While noting that a number of beaches now need considerable surgical repairs because of the hurricanes, Minister of Natural Resources Dr Kedrick Pickering said government will be importing trees to reforest local beaches.

A number of plant life such as grape and coconut trees were rooted out by the September hurricanes, which not only robbed beaches of an added aesthetical appeal but also left the territory’s shores vulnerable.

“The biggest problem is going to be re-vegetation of the beaches,” said Dr Pickering, who noted that government needs to be selective as it relates where trees are imported from.

Pests come in trees

“It’s not as simple as saying we’re just bringing in trees, and we can’t just bring trees from Miami to put on our beaches because those are coming from a different climate. So we have to be mindful of that. So, more than likely the trees are going to come from within the Caribbean,” Dr Pickering said.

The natural resources minister also stated that Government is considering to import vegetation from St Vincent and the Grenadines.

“The Minister of Agriculture from St Vincent had visited the BVI and they had promised to help the BVI with the whole question of agriculture and forestation, so we are in dialogue with them.”

“But, we have to clear the hurdles to make sure that we don’t bring in any pests and any other invasive species that might cause us problems. But that’s going to be a medium to long-term problem even after we physically clean up the beaches, and so we are working on that,” said Dr Pickering.

The minister, who was speaking at a community meeting in Carrot Bay yesterday, did not state how many trees will be imported or what it will cost the government to ship trees into the BVI.

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  1. GOOD says:

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    Poor we again. Money gone again.

  2. Keep an eye says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 19 Thumb down 3

    Watch one local establishment SD. They buying trees going to make white Bay look like south beach. Wrong trees for here.

  3. Horse Man says:

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    Be careful, don’t know nothing about beaches, just check Brandywine, what a mess…

    • Zoey says:

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      Brandywine is man made and will never be a real beach and will always need constant attention. Look at the natural beachs and they are all in pretty good shape. Also locals have planted small palms on/near many of them. Concentrat on gettong boats off beach’s not planting trees first! Trellis a MOST popular beach is a mess!!

  4. Lol says:

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    I hope the trees can register to vote.

    • nah! says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 2

      Those trees wll live here 40 years, have children who grow up and give us food, but vote? Never!

      • Lol says:

        Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 9 Thumb down 1

        Yeah, live here for 40 years provided no other serious hurricanes or form of natural disaster hits the country again…but our children? They may never live to see forty years because they may die from starvation, malnutrition or some medical malpractice up Peebles…maybe even die from whiplash from all the bloody potholes in the road!

  5. Bandit says:

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    • Dribble says:

      Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 12 Thumb down 8

      Nonsense, Bandit

      Spend that money to bring in those Chinese people to fix the asphalt plant so we can pave these dreadful roads. That is the only plant we need right now.

  6. Sam the man says:

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    I think replacement trees of the right size/variety are essential to help restore the beauty of the BVI…With regard to beach formation/improvements – just please undertake the appropriate studies and follow the recommendations before any more beaches disappear overnight! It would also be great to step up the restoration of the Mangroves – they provide great natural protection to coast lines…

  7. What a frig says:

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    We in trouble with this government people- big trouble- we ain’t even got the country clean yet and we importing trees?

  8. Thursay says:

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    There are trees right here in tbe bvi they couldve used. Every where u look u see coconut trees sprouting

  9. Yolo says:

    Well-loved. Like or Dislike: Thumb up 32 Thumb down 2

    We need to march together take out this man…no more of the spending on nonsense…. this is the circle of life everything is growing back….how much these important trees costing…the fishermen and farmers could of use that cash

  10. Bandit says:

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    I guess we are no up with wants going on around us. But Royal Caribbean cruise line just spend millions of dollars repainting coconut and sea grapes trees at magens bay in st Thomas. You know Why? Because they saw the importance of that beach to the offering to their cruise guest when they are visiting st thomas. These people at royal Caribbean know the importance of beautifying with trees.

  11. Lily ann says:

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    300 mil … and the first thing we buying is trees … TREEES … TREEEES … not roofs … but TREES … look …. I done with Voting from now

  12. BitterPill says:

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    This reckless spending was always going to happen once the UK approved the grant and loans. $300,000,000 right in their pocket. And they go and purchase some expensive trees, apparently for the beach. Deary me do they not drive around the island and see all the work that needs doing? It all needs paying for. Electricity, water, roads first. Then the schools and community centers, and THEN we can see what’s left to beautify the beach!

    • Always Negative says:

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      • Nah says:

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        No you missing the point. No one is against progress, beautification of the islands, development. But the government must learn to prioritise and look after the needs of the people first and foremost. It’s not just since Irma people have been crying out about roads, schools, consumer protection laws. Really? Everything else neglected and people should be happy about trees? Nah!

  13. Really??? says:

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    What about the homeless? The roads? The schools? Really…….trees???

  14. Thanks says:

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    Ok so beautification is important…. I get it. C’mon down to BVI stay on your yatchts and look at the trees from a distance. Then return home there are hardly any rooms/accommodation and restaurants. See you next year.

  15. 000000000 says:

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    Several palm groves on the island can supply a lot of small palms. Free and indigenous.

  16. Farmer says:

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    Sad to say coconut palm trees are not indigenous to these islands. You can see why- deh can’t take the high wind .
    Plant back indigenous beach plants. Almonds , sea grapes , white cedar, they will do better in the long run and we dont have to buy them. Its a shame not to have them- but its stupid to iy expensive mature trees.

  17. rastarite says:

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    Wrong priorities again

  18. WHAT.. says:

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    Is there no end to this NDP LUNACY, really what is wrong with them. People with no roof and no place to live, very little food and they buying freakin trees…

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