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

  • Born To Be Wild: Treating A Pit Viper With Bulging Eyes

    While roaming around Northern Negros Natural Park, Doc Nielsen and his team found a pit viper with bulging eyes. How did our veterinarian respond to this situation?

  • Protected Areas' Tenured Migrants

    The Biodiversity Management Bureau of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources had invited me last week to join in the peer review of the draft implementing rules and regulations of Republic Act 11038, or the Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act of 2018, that amended RA 7586, or the NIPAS Act of 1992.

    The peer review was intended to scrutinize the draft IRR, after it was subjected to regional consultations, before it will finally be approved as an administrative order of the DENR. The peer review was composed of individuals and representatives from DENR and oth ...

  • The Expanded NIPAS Act (1st Of Four Parts)

    The Expanded National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, or Republic Act 11038, was signed into law on June 22, but it was only publicly known last week.

    It is now the enabling law for the establishment, disestablishment, and management of protected areas in the Philippines. Basically, the ENIPAS has two main features - it amends Republic Act 7586, or the National Integrated Protected Areas System Act, and declares 94 sites from various regions of the country as new protected areas.

    Both the ENIPAS and NIPAS refer protected area as "identified portions of land and/or water set aside ...

  • Mainstreaming Biodiversity

    I attended the USAID Philippine-American Fund Grantee Summit last Thursday and Friday in Manila, and I was quite impressed by the initiatives of civil society groups across the country in making a difference, not only to lives of its intended beneficiaries, but including our environment as well.

    Administered by the Gerry Roxas Foundation, the PhilAm Fund has provided funding support to 37 nongovernment organizations in implementing projects related to anti-trafficking in persons, economic growth, education, governance, and biodiversity conservation.

    The Bacolod-based Philippines Biodiver ...

  • Knowing Home: A Forum On The Northern Negros Natural Park Biodiversity

    Knowing Home: A Forum On The Northern Negros Natural Park Biodiversity

    An environmental Group, Linghod, in collaboration with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources-Provincial Environment and Natural Resources Office (Penro), and the Social Action Center (SAC) launched the "Knowing Home" Project through a forum on the state of the Northern Negros Natural Park (NNNP) conducted from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the SAC office in the Bishop's House, Bacolod City.

    A total of 35 participants from organizations like Liceo de La Salle Pathfinders, CSA-B Kanlaon Theater's Guild, Carlos Hilado Memorial State College-Alijis (CHMSC) Supreme Student Government, Negr ...

  • 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 ...