Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico

by Protectores de Cuencas Inc
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
June 2021 Working schedule
June 2021 Working schedule

This report covers the period from June to September 2021 for a total of 1,416 labor hours, 10 workers (2 for beach cleanups, 8 for weeding) from the community near the Guánica State Forest. Despite the difficulties faced this year (earthquakes, pandemic and labor shortages) Protectores de Cuencas has managed to keep works of maintenance of 4 reforestation sites, and public recreational sites with emphasis in coastal areas prone to erosion and wildland fires like: La Jungla beach, PR-333, Jaboncillo beach and Manglillo beach. The access to the recreational areas are open Tuesday to Sunday from 7AM to 5PM, Mondays are closed for maintenance and cleanup.

Since June and July are the months with more visitors to the beach areas Protectores de Cuencas increased the amount of days for beach cleanups. During this reporting period the irrigation of the reforested sites was not necessary since these are the months of rain season. In the other hand, weeding of reforested sites continued.

The attached images include the work shedule by month showing irrigation, weeding, reforestation and cleanup days for this reporting period.

For the next reporting period Protectores de Cuencas is planning 3 reforestations activities (October, November and December) at the PR-333 in areas impacted by wildland fires and the hurricane season of 2017. For these activities Protectores de Cuencas will make an effort to implement COVID-19 protocols in order to intagrate community volunteers and invite other organizations to join us.

July 2021 Working schedule
July 2021 Working schedule
August 2021 Working schedule
August 2021 Working schedule
September 2021 Working schedule
September 2021 Working schedule
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February 2021 Work shedule
February 2021 Work shedule

This report covers the period from February to May 2021 for a total of 1,232 . Despite the difficulties faced this year (earthquakes, pandemic and labor shortages) Protectores de Cuencas has managed to keep works of maintenance of 4 reforestation sites, and public receational sites with emphasis in coastal areas prone to erosion and wildland fires like: La Jungla beach, PR-333, Jaboncillo beach and Manglillo beach. Thanks to your kind donations Protectores de Cuencas has been able to hire 2 additional labors wich are members of the communities near the Guánica State Forest. This is very important strategy for the integration of the communities to this important natural protected area and it is a big success to be able to integrate community members into the day to day works to maintain this highly visited public natural protected area. The access to the recreational areas are open Tuesday to Sunday from 7AM to 5PM, Mondays are closed for maintenance and cleanup. 

The attached images include the work shedule by month showing irrigation, weeding, reforestation and cleanup days for this reporting period.

 

 

March 2021 Work shedule
March 2021 Work shedule
April 2021 Work shedule
April 2021 Work shedule
May 2021 Work shedule
May 2021 Work shedule
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November 2020 Working schedule
November 2020 Working schedule

This report covers the period from November 2020 to January 2021. These funds have covered the costs of 424 labor hours of 10 workers, 1 water truck and 2 pickup trucks for the maintenance and irrigation of 4 reforestation sites inside the Guanica State Forest with emphasis in coastal areas prone to erosion and wildland fires like: La Jungla beach, PR-333, Jaboncillo beach and Manglillo beach. Thanks to your kind donations our organization was able to hire two aditional employes that have been in charge of providing access and maintaining the recreational facilities of Jaboncillo and La Jungla Beach. These employees are part of the community near the Guanica State Forest, and it is a big success to be able to integrate community members into the day to day works to maintain this highly visited public natural protected area. The access to the recreational areas are open Tuesday to Sunday from 7AM to 5PM, Mondays are closed for maintenance and cleanup. 

Part of the funds are also being used for the purchase of materials (soil, fertilizer, compost, etc) for a community reforestation re-scheduled for May 2021, when the wildland fires season end. Equipment and materials are in the process of purchase and vegetative material to be planted is already propagated and ready for the reforestation on site.

On January 2021, as the precipitation was diminishing, irrigation and weeding of planted trees along PR-333 was reestablished once every two weeks. The dry season causes invasive grases to dry and turn into fine fuel increasing the risk of wildland fires. Weeding works are crucial to reduce the amount of fuel available (dry weeds) and create a fire break area to protect the reforestation sites and the natural protected forest.

The attached images include the work shedule by month showing irrigation, weeding, reforestation and cleanup days for this reporting period.

December 2020 Working schedule
December 2020 Working schedule
January 2021 Working schedule
January 2021 Working schedule
Dry invasive grasses on reforestation site
Dry invasive grasses on reforestation site
Weeding works on PR-333reforestation site
Weeding works on PR-333reforestation site
Maintenance of reforestation areas- fuel reduction
Maintenance of reforestation areas- fuel reduction
Planted area cleaned up- wildland fire prevention
Planted area cleaned up- wildland fire prevention
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PR-333 reforestation site (September 2020)
PR-333 reforestation site (September 2020)

Protectores de Cuencas Inc., is using donated funds to cover costs related to the maintenance of over 13 acres of reforested areas inside the Guanica State Forest in Puerto Rico. This natural protected area has being subject of habitat degradation do to wildland fires, coastal erosion and the resent impacts of major hurricanes in 2017. Maintenance include daily irrigation to reforested areas (over 13 acres) with water trucks, weeding and eradication of invasive grasses in over 25 acres and to continue reforestation in impacted areas not restored yet (approximately 12 acres).

This report covers the period from August to October 2020. This funds have covered the costs of 306 labor hours, 7 workers, 1 water truck and 2 pickup trucks for the maintenance of 4 reforestation sites inside the Guanica State Forest with emphasis in coastal areas prone to erosion and wildland fires like: La Jungla beach, PR-333, Jaboncillo beach and Manglillo beach. Part of the funds are being use for the purchased of materials (soil, fertilizer, compost, etc) for a community reforestation planned for January 2021.

The attached images are the working shedule by month showing irrigation, weeding and reforestation days for this reporting period.The months of September and October 2020 reported an increase in precipitation due to the rainy season and irrigation was reduced. Weeding at the PR-333 reforestation site is planned once the rainy season end on November or December 2020. A community reforestation activity is under coordination for January 2021. Equipment and materials are in the process of purchase and vegetative material to be planted is already propagated and ready for the reforestation on site.

Maintenance of reforested areas (September 2020)
Maintenance of reforested areas (September 2020)
August 2020 Working schedule
August 2020 Working schedule
September 2020 Working schedule
September 2020 Working schedule
October 2020 Working schedule
October 2020 Working schedule
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Protectores de Cuencas Inc

Location: Yauco, PR - USA
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Project Leader:
Robert Viqueira
Yauco, Puerto Rico
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