A new mangrove forest growing in Simpson Bay Lagoon. | SMN News

PHILIPSBURG:— On Sunday, 26 July, Environmental Protection in the Caribbean (EPIC) began the removal of PVC pipes installed to protect mangrove seedlings planted in Simpson Bay Lagoon after hurricane Irma. With the help of volunteers and Sint Maarten Sails, which provided a boat, half the 300 pipes were removed, allowing the new red mangrove trees to spread their distinctive prop roots and develop further.
During Irma, an estimated 80% of mangroves were damaged as the eye of the category 5 hurricane passed over Sint Maarten on 5 September 2017. At the time, EPIC had a grant from BEST 2.0

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