Negros Natural Park

San Carlos City, Negros Occidental

The Northern Negros Natural Park is a protected area of the Philippines located in the northern mountainous forest region of the island of Negros in the Visayas. It is spread over five municipalities and six cities in the province of Negros Occidental and is the province's largest watershed and water source for seventeen municipalities and cities including the Bacolod metropolitan area.

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/> With a total area of 80,454.5 hectares, only 16,687 hectares of forest remains of which seventy-five percent is primary old-growth and twenty-five percent is secondary. Forty-eight percent of the park is occupied by human dominated landscape with 40,133 hectares of agricultural lands and 512 hectares of residential areas.

The park belongs to the Negros??"Panay Biogeographic Region. It is one of two remaining lowland forests on Negros island, the other being in the Dumaguete watershed area in Mount Talinis on the southern end of the island in Negros Oriental.

A number of endemic and threatened species have been documented in the park, which includes bird species such as the Visayan hornbill, Negros bleeding-heart, white-winged cuckooshrike, flame-templed babbler, white-throated jungle flycatcher, Visayan flowerpecker and green-faced parrotfinch. The park is also a habitat to other important fauna including the Visayan spotted deer, Visayan warty pig, Philippine naked-backed fruit bat, and the endangered Negros shrew.

In 2014, officials of the municipality of Salvador Benedicto submitted a proposal to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources for conversion of 500 hectares of the park within the municipality into alienable and disposable land and to open the area for investors and tourists. However, Governor Alfredo Maranon was opposed to the idea of encroaching into the protected area and instead offered converting areas in the municipal proper into a townsite.

Northern Negros Natural Park News

  • Negros Biodiversity Planning, Last Of Two Parts

    Negros Island is not a big landmass compared with Luzon and Mindanao, but it contains numerous endemic species, including single-island endemic species.

    With the alteration of the islands natural ecosystems, however, a good number of these endemic species are threatened from extinction in the wild and listed in the Red List of Threatened Species of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources and the International Union for the Conservation of Nature.

    During the 1 st Negros Island Biodiversity Strategy and Action Planning Workshop held on April 4-5 in Bacolod City, Lisa Paguntalan ...

  • Negros Biodiversity Planning (1st Of Two Parts)

    In what could be considered as another milestone for biodiversity conservation in Negros Island, more than a hundred stakeholders gathered last week to craft the first ever Negros Island Biodiversity Strategy and Action Plan.

    Organized by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, through its United Nations Development Program Global Environment Facility funded Biodiversity Financing Initiative, Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc., and provincial governments of Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental, the event also ushered in the localization of the fourth iterati ...

  • DENR Now Collecting Trekking Fees For Northern Negros Natural Park

    DENR Now Collecting Trekking Fees For Northern Negros Natural Park

    The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), through the Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) in Negros Occidental, has started collecting fees from trekkers at the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP).

    Penro-Negros Occidental head Edgardo Rostata said the Protected Area Management Board (PAMB) approved the new trekking policy last April 27, which provided the collection of fees.

    He said that for NNNP alone, they have already collected at least P21,000 for one month, covering about 70 trekkers who each paid P300.

    "This new policy for trekking, sepa ...

  • DENR App To Strengthen Environmental Protection Efforts In NegOcc

    DENR App To Strengthen Environmental Protection Efforts In NegOcc

    The Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro) of Negros Occidental is pushing for the utilization of a geocam mobile application to further strengthen its community environmental protection efforts.

    Andres Untal, head of Penro-Negros Occidental, told Sun.Star Bacolod Monday that the app will involve more Negrenses in the protection and conservation of the environment.

    The application, which can be installed in Android phones, allows concerned citizens to take photos with "coordinates" of any environmental law violations and send it to authorities.

    "Coordinates wil ...

  • Going Wild In The City

    Going Wild In The City

    When Jesus was born in a manger, the only humans present were his parents Joseph and Mary. Come to think of it, more honored than us to witness this most sacred birth were the animals housed there at night.

    What qualities were in those "dumb" creatures that made God the Father choose them over the noblest men of the land? Perhaps it was their untainted minds or incorruptible souls. Or, it was their guilelessness that created the befittingly simple ambience to welcome the Lord of Lords and the King of Kings who chose to be born in lowly circumstances.

    We misunderstood God when He told us ...

  • Negros As Birding Destination

    Negros As Birding Destination

    The holding of the 11 th Philippines Bird Festival in Negros Occidental on November 24-26 would surely boost the potential of Negros Island Region as a birding destination of the Philippines.

    It is expected that a good number of bird enthusiasts from all over the country and several foreign nationals will converge in Bacolod City for this festival, organized annually by the Wild Bird Club of the Philippines. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources-NIR, Negros Occidental and Negros Oriental provinces, along with the Philippines Biodiversity Conservation Foundation Inc. are the co ...