Morne Trois Pitons National Park

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Morne Trois Pitons National Park
IUCN category II (national park)
Dominica Hiking Path.JPG
Hiking trail in the Morne Trois Pitons National Park
LocationDominica
Coordinates15°19′30″N 61°19′00″W / 15.32500°N 61.31667°W / 15.32500; -61.31667Coordinates: 15°19′30″N 61°19′00″W / 15.32500°N 61.31667°W / 15.32500; -61.31667
Area68.57 km²
Established1975
TypeNatural
Criteriaviii, x
Designated1997 (21st session)
Reference no.814
State PartyDominica
RegionLatin America and the Caribbean

Morne Trois Pitons National Park is a World Heritage Site (since 1997) located in Dominica. This area was established as a national park by the Dominican government in July 1975, the first to be legally established in the country.[1] The National Park is named after its highest mountain, Morne Trois Pitons, meaning mountain of three peaks. The park is a significant area of volcanic activity. Features within the part include the Valley of Desolation, a region of boiling mud ponds and small geysers; the Boiling Lake, Titou Gorge, and Emerald Pool.

History[edit]

The national park was just a forest area in 1940, since 1952 a forest reserve and since 1975 a national park, the first one on Dominica. In 1997 UNESCO declared the park a world heritage site. Today Morne Trois Pitons comprises an area of 6800 hectares, six signposted hiking paths complete with picnic sites and rain covers.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hailey, Adrian (2011). Conservation of Caribbean Island Herpetofaunas Volume 2: Regional Accounts of the West Indies. BRILL. p. 162. ISBN 9004194088.

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