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
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
Restore impacted protected forest in Puerto Rico
PDC team preparing the soil for tree planting
PDC team preparing the soil for tree planting

Protectores de Cuencas Inc., is using donated funds to cover costs related to the production of native trees, maintenance of previously reforested areas, and reforestation efforts inside the Guánica State Forest in Puerto Rico. This natural reserve is constantly subjected to wildland fires, especially during the summer months, and is greatly benefiting from this project. 

This report covers the period from June 2022 to October 2022. From June 2022 to August 2022, our team focused on irrigation efforts and maintenance of weeds and grasses to reduce fire risk. Funds have covered the costs of labor hours for PDC workers, use of heavy equipment such as water trucks and the maintenance of previously reforested sites within the reserve with emphasis in coastal areas prone to wildland fires near the PR-333. A portion of the funds are being use for the production of native trees in our nursery in Yauco. Vegetative material to be planted is already propagated and ready for planting during the upcoming months. The months of September and October 2022 experienced an increase in precipitation due to the rainy season which meant a reduction of irrigation efforts by our team. Sadly, our work has been delayed by the impact of Hurricane Fiona on September 17th, 2022. Roads within the Guánica State Forest were damaged by tidal waves and heavy rainfall. However, our team is already working on a new work shedule in the hopes that we can renew work efforts by the end of this month.

The attached images show efforts by PDC team such as weeding, soil preparation and reforestation during this reporting period.

PDC team preparing the soil for tree planting
PDC team preparing the soil for tree planting
PDC team weeding around the planted trees
PDC team weeding around the planted trees
Progress of previously planted trees
Progress of previously planted trees
Newly planted areas
Newly planted areas
PDC team working on the newly planted areas
PDC team working on the newly planted areas

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Efforts on the Gúanica Dry Forest Reserve site during this period have emphasized consistent irrigation and maintenance of previously planted specimens, and we are happy to report that an excellent adaptation and survival rate is being observed.

Additionally, during the February-April period,  a total of 6,812 seedlings of 6 native/endemic species were germinated in our nursery and are currently thriving. The names and numbers of each species of germinated plantules are:

  1. emajaguilla 2000 plantules
  2. mangle de botón, 2000 plantules
  3. palo de vaca, 1480 plantules
  4. uva playera, 400 plantules 
  5. péndula, 592
  6. úcar, 500

On a last note, the Guánica area has been facing very high temperatures these past weeks, and thus, we are currently vigilant to forest fires.

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Our team from communities adjacent to the Reserve
Our team from communities adjacent to the Reserve

This report covers the period from October to December 2021 for a total of 635 labor hours invested in the project: ( 9-10 workers for planting, 1 for for beach cleanups, 1 for irrigation)all members from the community near the Guánica State Forest. Volunteers donated 115 hours, which account for roughly 18% of total labor hours completed.

A first planting event with volunteers and PDC personnel was held on October 9, 2021 in which 300 specimens of six native species were planted alongside road 333 of the Guánica Reserve. A second planting event was held on November 2021, with 380 native trees planted, again in teamwork between PDC and volunteers. An exponential rise in cases of the Omicron Covid-19 variant led us to postpone a third planting event with volunteers we had scheduled for December 2021, but which we hope to celebrate in the January-March 2022 quarter.

During this reporting period the irrigation of the reforested sites became the priority to encourage adaptation and survival of the newly planted trees. On the other hand, beach cleanup and weeding was maintained. Despite conintued  difficulties faced this year (effects of 2020 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.


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

Enthusiastic volunteers helped plant 680 trees!
Enthusiastic volunteers helped plant 680 trees!
October 2021 Guanica Forest Project Calendar
October 2021 Guanica Forest Project Calendar
November 2021 Guanica Forest Activity Calendar
November 2021 Guanica Forest Activity Calendar
December 2021 Guanica Forest Activity Calendar
December 2021 Guanica Forest Activity Calendar
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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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Protectores de Cuencas Inc

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