FCD’s Vaca Forest Ranger, Erwin Chi recently completed a fundamental wildfire fighting training program at Hill Bank Field Station from September 25th to 29th, 2023. FCD extends its congratulations to Erwin Chi as he develops new skills. We express our gratitude to Programme for Belize for their assistance in building our staff capabilities. The Vaca Forest Reserve plays an important role as a buffer area to the Chiquibul National Park. Since 2020, the Forest Department with FCD staff have been actively monitoring and combatting fires during the dry season with the aim of reducing the impacts of forest fires.