Jamaica blue mountain range addresses the entire eastern part of the island, an amount of 28 miles and the average width around 12 miles. In less than one hour, you’ll be able to drive from the coastal plains to elevations surpassing 7,000 ft in altitude. The bigger you climb, the mistier the mountains become until you are nearly fully shrouded by mists which provide Jamaica’s highest mountains their famous bluish color. It could be a nearly magical environment in which a great variety of nature abounds.
In the 15Th hundred years, the mountains were intensely forested. Over the centuries, most of the settlers from Spain, European countries and other countries sadly cleared a lot of the property for farming, cattle, timber and other industries. At the moment, the forest line is just about 2,000 ft on the northern slopes and nearly 5,000 ft on the southern slopes. That is an excellent shame and a long lasting loss of habitat.
In 1992, thankfully, a 194,000 acre Jamaica blue mountain and John Crow Mountain National Recreation area was established to protect a few of the remaining forests. This recreation area has also covered the island’s largest watershed. The recreation area includes just 6% of Jamaica’s property mass but it is an extremely important step in the proper direction for the safety greater than 800 species of endemic plants within Jamaica. One exclusive plant that grows in this island may be the Jamaican bamboo, Chusquea Abietifolia. This bamboo flowers only one time every 33 years with another flowering likely to happen in 2017. Just what a sight it could be to find this blossom also to be fortunate to also find fluttering over the bloom an exotic butterfly discovered only in Jamaica this is the second largest in the globe!