La Réserve naturelle de Saint-Martin est une aire marine protégée de 30km2 située au nord-est de l’île de Saint-Martin. Créé en 1998, cet espace préserve les cinq principaux écosystèmes de l’île : récifs coralliens, mangroves, herbiers de phanérogames, étangs et forêt sèche littorale. La Réserve gère également les 14 étangs du Conservatoire du littoral et ses 11 km de rivages terrestres naturels.

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The call for proposals for the Conservatoire du Littoral’s much-anticipated development project around Galion beach will go out before the summer, comprising three phases. The first is for the demolition of recent walls, plus the cleanup and clearing of the site. The second is for excavation, roadwork, and various utilities, the goal being to return the area to its natural state as much as possible, and not build anything in concrete, except the road, which will be compacted and flattened. The third phase is for the installation of five picnic areas, a trash collection area, two ecological toilets, a wooden deck for a restaurant, and signage. A parking lot for up to 100 cars will be set back from the beach, as well as a parking area for busses. Borders with wooden posts and low fences will safely guide visitors to the beach. The closest approach to the beach will be limited to fishermen and the surfing club, who will have keys for access. Two beach volleyball nets are planned and children haven't been forgotten, as there will be a playground, which hasn't been announced yet, in order to surprise them. This project typical of others done by the Conservatoire, is ensured buu a cotnract funded 80% by the government and 20% by Conservatoire. There will also be a call for proposals for an itinerant restaurant, environmentally correct of course !

The Réserve Naturelle, which manages the Conservatore's land, will be responsable for planting vegetation in the Galion Zone. Coconut palms, gommiers, sea grapes, and mahogany are amonf the trees planned, all of which reach a height of at least 5'2" to 6'5".
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