Nearly half of the 4,000 acre property is a government designated nature reserve (Reserva Silvestre El Aguacate). Through reforestation, tree planting, environmental awareness and education Morgan's Rock helps defend this important natural area against poaching, illegal logging and deforestation. Thanks to the planting of hundreds of thousands of trees and an ongoing vigilance to keep poachers off of the land wildlife has increased all over the property since the lodge opened in 2004. This protected area represents one of the last large sanctuaries, critical to the conservation of regional wildlife habitat along Central America's Pacific coast. Sustainability has been key in the construction and design of the lodge from the very beginning; Morgan's Rock used local artisans and artwork inspired by indigenous cultures in its interior design, and sustainably sourced wood for furniture and infrastructure.
Since the owners purchased the land in 1998, 1.5 million trees (fruit, teak, and other sustainable forestry trees) have been planted on the property. These will be harvested in the next 10-20 years, and new trees will be planted in their place. This method of "tree farming" represents an alternative to traditional or illegal logging, which threatens Nicaragua's precious forests. The benefits reaped by this sustainable forestry program will last for many decades to come.
On the premises there is an organic working farm, providing approximately 60% of the basic food used by the lodge. There is also an organic shrimp farm providing fresh, sustainably farmed seafood. The lodge often gets fresh seafood from local fishermen who reap their catch using traditional fishing methods in nearby waters. Sustainability initiatives such as these help the lodge remain relatively self-sufficient and allow us to operate with minimal negative impact on the surrounding environment.