Reconstructed walkway through the swamp Forest
Quarterly GlobalGiving Donor Report
The Pterocarpus Forest and the Forest Tour App
The interior of the Pterocarpus Forest reopened to the public on February 26, after being closed in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and María. Since then, hundreds of people have already strolled along the ¾-mile elevated walkway to see the Forest’s flora and fauna up close. For those returning to the Forest, their walk offered an opportunity to see how the destructive hurricane winds took their toll on the Forest, downing hundreds of trees, among them mature Pterocarpus, and adversely transforming the ecosystem. They could also see how the swamp forest has been recovering from the damage and restoring itself.
If you have not done so already, please visit the Forest for a still unforgettable experience with Nature.
As to our plans for the “Forest Tour App”, they have regrettably been delayed – but for reasons that we trust can only insure a better App and, ultimately, a better visitor experience.
After our GlobalGiving campaign ended, we began to identify and approach prospective app developers, as we developed ideas for audio and visual content. Surprisingly, it was not as easy a quest as we thought. When we finally identified experienced, apparently qualified developers told us that we needed to visit the Forest, take the guided tour, and speak with us about content based upon that experience. Since that was not possible until the end of February, the process has been delayed.
We are currently awaiting the proposals. As part of their bids, the developers will be including timetables for the development and availability of the app. We will keep you posted.
P.S. Don’t miss the upcoming 4th edition of Grandes Melodías de Amor on Sunday, March 31 with the Arturo Somohano Philharmonic Orchestra, at the Humacao Performing Arts Center. For information, call (787) 285-6425.