On July 12 the Abaco office of the Bahamas National Trust held a small reception to celebrate the organization’s sixtieth year. Champagne, sparkling juice and a table of food greeted several community stakeholders as they came to mingle and cut the cake.
The historic legislation that created the Bahamas National Trust was passed in 1959. The BNT is a statutory organization responsible for the conservation and preservation of places of historic interest and natural beauty. It is a non-governmental organization that receives funding from both the Bahamian government as well as donors and members.
The BNT oversees 32 land and sea parks across the Bahamas with more proposed.
The BNT established the Abaco National Park in 1994 primarily to protect the northern most range of the Bahama Parrot.
Today, Abaco has six National Parks: Abaco National Park, Pelican Cays Land and Sea Park, Fowl Cays National Park, East Abaco Creeks National Park, Cross Harbour National Park, and South Abaco Blue Holes National Park.