Anthony Mackie planting a tree in the Mount Obama National Park with Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer

Anthony Mackie planting a tree with Prime Minister Baldwin Spencerin Mount Obama National Park

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Mount Obama Committee Visits Christian Valley and Cades Bay

St. John’s, Antigua; November 18th, 2010

As the Mount Obama Committee continues its work on the Concept Plan for the Area, the committee organized a site visit to the Christian Valley and Cades Bay Areas.

A few members of the Mount Obama Committee and a representative of OBM Ltd., who has been contracted to develop a Master plan for the areas, visited both sites on Thursday, November 11th, 2010.

The team lead by the chairman, Mr. Ivor Jackson, was able to view the area in relation to the ideas/concepts outlined in the draft plan presented by OBM Ltd. These include the proposed administrative and visitor facilities at the Cades Bay and Christian Valley entrances, trails to be developed, and potential areas for picnicking, camping, parking and eco-tourism facilities.

The team was able to offer input as to possible adjustments that could be made to the proposal. The visit was considered successful in what it aimed to achieve.

A Concept proposal is expected for both the Cades Bay area and Christian Valley area leading up to Mount Obama Peak.

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Mount Obama Committee Awards Logo Competition Winners

St. John’s, Antigua; November 8th, 2010

The Mount Obama Committee awards the Winners of the Logo Competition on November 8th, 2010.  At a Brief Ceremony held at the Ministry of Tourism, the winner, first and second runners up were awarded cash prizes for a job well done.

Mrs. Carol-Faye George, Mount Obama Logo Competition Chairperson, outlined that the focus of the Mount Obama Committee is to facilitate the Development of the Mount Obama National Park. She stated, however, “To achieve the ultimate goal, small steps must be taken. This was done in the form of developing a website where interested persons could view information about the History of the area and the work being done to develop the Park and the Launching of the Official Logo.”  She expressed gratitude to the three (3) judges, Kathleen Walter, Tazlim Gordon and Melville Richardson for the work done in judging the fifteen (15) local and regional entrants.

The Prime Minister, Hon. Dr. Winston Baldwin Spencer, was also present and offered congratulatory words to all fifteen (15) participants and expressed praise to the three (3) finalists. He stated that the winning Logo truly expressed what the Mount Obama National Park was about and was also pleased with the level of participation locally and regionally.

Mr. Deri Benjamin was awarded the winning prize. Mr. Sonalli Andrew was awarded First (1st) Runner Up while Mr. Emile Hill placed Second (2nd) Runner Up in the competition held in August 2010.

The Mount Obama Committee continues its work on the Concept Plan for the Area to include the boundary and various use zones of the Mount Obama National Park, proposed administrative and visitor facilities at the Cades Bay and Christian Valley entrances, trails to be developed, and potential areas for picnicking, camping, and eco-tourism facilities.

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Mount Obama Committee To Launch Mount Obama National Park Website

July 27th, 2010

The Mount Obama Committee will be launching its official website and logo on August 15, 2010.

Since the Dedication/Renaming ceremony of Boggy peak to Mount Obama in August 2009, the Committee has engaged in the planning and related activities needed to establish and manage the Mount Obama National Park.

The Vision of the Committee is for the Mount Obama National Park to become a multiuse world class protected area of excellence. It would be financially self sufficient in maintaining ecosystems, biological services and historical heritage of the area while achieving a range of specific environmental, social and economic objectives agreed upon by key stakeholders through consultations.

A Key aspect of the MOC’s work has been the initial determination of the boundary of the National Park so as to achieve the critical aims of understanding, appreciation, conservation and sustainable use of the natural and historic heritage of this important section of the country.

In accordance with its mandate, the MOC has identified the legal and administrative options for establishing and managing the National Park. Cabinet has agreed that the Mount Obama National Park will be established under the National Parks Act, 1984 and managed by a Special Committee with administrative and technical support from the Forestry Division in the Ministry of Agriculture. Based on this decision by Cabinet, the MOC is in a position to elaborate the management structure and finalize staffing requirements.

Moreover, the MOC expects to be able to submit to Cabinet an Outline/Concept Plan for the National Park by mid September 2010. This plan will outline the boundary and various use zones of the Mount Obama National Park, proposed administrative and visitor facilities at the Cades Bay and Christian Valley entrances, trails to be developed, and potential areas for picnicking, camping, and eco-tourism facilities. However, prior to that date, a series of discussions will take place with individuals with privately owned parcels within the proposed boundaries. These discussions will take place immediately after Carnival.

The MOC expects that it will be possible to plan and execute the official opening ceremony for the Mount Obama National Park in October 2010.

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MOUNT OBAMA LOGO COMPETITION

The Mount Obama Committee wishes to announce its Logo Competition for the Mount Obama  National Park. The The competition is open to visual artists of all disciplines of art and design including but not limited to fine arts, graphic design, visual communication, media design or related disciplines.

Each entrant can only submit a maximum of two logos as their competition entry. Entrants should keep copies of materials submitted, as original entries will not be returned. Interested Persons must submit their Logo before the deadline of midnight Friday, July 30th, 2010. No entries will be accepted after this closing date.

Initial entries must be submitted electronically to carolfayebg@yahoo.com or vashtiramsey@yahoo.com.  The email must include the name, age, postal address, phone number and email address of the Entrant.

Please contact Mrs. Carol-Faye George at 562-6038 or Ms. Vashti Ramsey at 463-9522 prior to submitting entries for further information on competition rules and background information on the proposed National Park.

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