The information on this CD was adapted and formatted by Jerilyn Foster. She is a graduate of the University of California Santa Barbara Anthropology Department.

This CD was based on three booklets written about the El Pilar Archaeological Reserve.
Trails of El Pilar was written by Anabel Ford & D. Clark Wernecke

Anabel Ford has been studying the Maya forest since 1972. As a anthropologist at the University of California Santa Barbara, she has distinguished herself in Mesoamerican archaeology with her research on ancient Maya settlement and environmental patterns. As director of the BRASS/El Pilar Program, Ford is using archaeology as a springboard for creating an integrated and replicable conservation model at El Pilar for interdisciplinary science, regional management, and community conservation. Her work at El Pilar has won her international recognition with the prestigious Rolex Award for Enterprise in 2000.

Clark Warnecke began his interests in the Maya area at El Pilar. As field director of the program's diverse activities from 1993 to 2000, Wernecke has developed the database that contributed to his M.A. in Florida. Currently he is completing his Ph.D. at University of Texas Austin. With roots in the construction industry, his research has developed around architecture and planning. He has applied his experience and knowledge to the present and has played a major role in the development of the park facilities including trail systems, infratructure, and design.


The Tzunu'un Forest-Garden Trail Guide was written by Dr. Anabel Ford and Nicole Gerardo with Photography by Clarissa Guggenheim

The El Pilar Program has been exploring the forest garden concept over the past decade. In the course of the work, we have connected with interested students and scholars who have enriched our learning process. Working with the local forest gardeners, like Don Heriberto Cocom, Nicole Gerardo, a Watson Fellow in ecology assembled this useful guide to some of the important plants of the Maya forest. Her work with the El Pilar program spanned two years as she began her graduate career at University of Texas in Austin. Clarissa Guggenheim studied the plants of the Masewal with Don Heriberto and through close observation, was able to draw out the best in the garden using our project digital camera. Nicole¹s insights and interests along with Clarissa¹s intuition in photography created this volume and the publication was made possible with a publication grant from Protected Area Conservation Trust of Belize.


The El Pilar Community Creek Trail : Life Returns to the Forest was produced by Friends for Conservation and Development.

Friends for Conservation and Development is a non-profit, non-governmental organization dedicated to motivate the public to protect the environment through conservation awareness while enhancing the development of the the human resource.

Much of the detail information about animals at El Pilar was found in The Ecotraveller's Wildlife Guide to Belize and Northern Guatemala written by Les Beletsky. It was published by Academic Press, 1999.

Photographs were predominently by Jerilyn Foster, Clarissa Guggenheim, and Kate Rose. Additional images and photographs were produced by El Pilar Program individuals over the years of the Program.


El Pilar Program Team
~ UCSB Main Office: Anabel Ford ~ Director
~ Belize Advocate: Anselmo Castañeda ~ Regional Environment
~ Guatemala Advocate: José Antonio Montes ~ International Law
~ Community Participation ~ Amigos de El Pilar: Lakin/Chikin (Belize/Guatemala)
~ Community Accompaniment NGO Program Partners: Community and Conservation Management
~ Help for Progress/Belize: Elias Awe, Rick August, Melanie Santiago
~ Canan K'aax/ Guatemala: Mario Mancilla, Ramon Zetina


A great debt is owed to the late Commissioner of Archaeology, Harriot Topsey, for his suggestions and enthusiasm to implement the plan for reviving an example of Maya domestic life and managed forest-gardens.