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Santo Domingo.- Environment minister Francisco Dominguez on Friday reiterated that farming is barred in Valle Nuevo National Park and that, in the case of the existing cabañas, they'll be allowed to remain because there is no destructions. He said however that new constructions will not be allowed.

"Everyone (in Valle Nuevo) is taking out what's left and we expect that, maybe, in two months there'll be nothing left. We continue the dialogue, (but) what's very clear is that there will be no agriculture in Valle Nuevo. We look for alternatives but never, never, under any concept, will there be agriculture," the official said.

He also said the start of the plans to protect Los Haitises (northeast) and Bahoruco (southwest) national parks will be announced in the coming days.

Suggests jail

Dominguez said judges and prosecutors are being asked to request prison in serious cases of environmental depredation.

He cited the case of Jarabacoa where he reiterated that, Pedro Antonio Basilis Wenceslao, Medrano Basilis and Wilson López felled trees to build various projects. "We're proceeding with civil sanctions against these people and criminal penalties are also sought."

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3 comment(s)
Written by: zooma, 17 Feb 2017 4:15 PM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

The cabañas stay because the government gets a cut of the action.

Written by: sweetbabyj, 18 Feb 2017 11:20 AM
From: United States
recent trip I saw more hillsides clear cut and trees cut down. It rained several times in Constanza and the trash in the streams was amazing. No one cares about the enviorment and soon the rivers will look like the slums around the world full of foam plates, bottles, candy wrappers, even refrigrators
Written by: zooma, 19 Feb 2017 7:21 AM
From: United States, and Dominican Republic

Villa Pajon is within the park. It has guest cabins. You book reservations online from an address on Winston Churchill in Santo Domingo.

Villa Pajon's location at one time was a lumber mill.

No talk about them being evicted, guess they are considered "cabañas".

Also please note there is lodging at The Pyramid. Guess ? the gov't or a gov't contractor administers and operates the location.

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