National Parks Section

The National Park Unit remains the largest Section within the Forestry, Wildlife & Parks Division. This Unit is responsible for the maintenance and upkeep of the Botanic Gardens and other public areas in the greater Roseau area, and National sites within the island’s National Parks System, including the Morne Diablotin National, Morne Trois Pitons National Park and the Cabrits National Park. Several other nature sites which are not within the established national parks, e.g. the Soufriere Sulphur Springs area, Indian River, Trafalgar Falls, are also under the jurisdiction of the Division. The Unit is also responsible for implementing the ‘User Fee’ programme at twelve (12) eco-tourism sites around the island.

Terrestrial Protected areas in Dominica

Area Name Description Site Status
Morne Diablotin National Park National Park
  • Size: 33.35 km2, Established in 2000
  • Location of Dominica’s tallest Mountain, Morne Diablotin.
  • The area was established for the Endangered Imperial Amazon (Amazona Imperialis) and the Vulnerable Red-necked Amazon (A. arausiaca) as well as the Forest Thrush (Cichlherminialherminieri)
  • Inhabited by Iguana (Iguana delacatissima), the endemic Dominica Anole (Anolis oculatus) and the regionally endemic East gecko (Sphaerodactylus vincenti)
National park
Central Forest Reserve Central Forest Reserve
  • Size: 4.1 km2, Established in 1951
  • Inhabited by an abundance of gommier, which grows to heights of almost 36.57m
Forest reserve
Northern Forest Reserve Northern Forest Reserve
  • Size: 54.75 km2
  • Established in 1977
Forest reserve
Morne Trois Pitons National Park National Park
  • Size: 64.85 km2, Established in 1975
  • Declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998
  • Features: The Valley of Desolation, The Boiling Lake, The Fresh Water Lake and the Emerald Pool
  • Important Bird Area for Endangered Imperial Amazon (Amazona imperialis) and the Vulnerable Red-necked (Amazon A. arausiaca)
  • Supports: The Endangered endemic Dominican tink frog Eleutherodactylus amplinympha), the endemic Dominica Anolis (Anolis oculatus) and endemic subspecies of agouti Dasyprocta leporina and opossum (Didelphys marsupialis insularis)
National park
Cabrits National Park National Park/ Marine Reserve
  • Size: 53.88 km2
  • Size of Marine area: 3.5 km2
  • Established in 1986
  • Avifauna species include: Scaly-naped Pigeon (Columba squamosa), Smooth-billed Ani Crotophaga ani), Little blue Heron (Egretta caerulea), Green Heron (Butorides striatus), Teals (Anas sp.), Dowitchers (Limnodromus sp.), Sandpipers (Calidris sp.)
  • Mangal Species: white mangrove (Laguncularia racemosa)
National Park/ Marine Reserve