With the assistance of volunteers from different towns in Puerto Rico, the non-profit organization Caribbean District for Soil and Water Conservation achieved the goal of planting 5,000 native trees in the southern area and thus trying to counteract the effects of global warming and the climate change on the Island.
“Our organization had identified the need to establish these reforestation projects, so we set the goal of planting some 5,000 trees. Thanks to the collaboration of our volunteers, we were able to meet this goal sooner than we had planned. Trees offer multiple benefits, for example, they purify the air, reduce soil erosion, provide habitat for animals, provide shade and help reduce temperature, ”said Marcos D. Saliceti.
“In addition, they can avoid droughts because the trees transpire the water from the ground, converting it later into rain and they can avoid floods because they allow the infiltration, storage and movement of water in the soil, also feeding underground aquifers, rivers and streams”, added.
One of the volunteers, Raquel Rodríguez, a teacher from the town of Coamo, mentioned that she participated in the plantings with her partner, also a teacher, Glenda Hernández because “we believe in the environment, we believe that trees are life” and also reflected that being part of the plantings was a beautiful experience.
Five members of the Torres Gutiérrez family also participated.
Between the different crops, more than 30 volunteers of different ages arrived.
All of these activities were made possible by a grant from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.
The Caribbean District of Soil and Water Conservation is a non-profit organization that works in collaboration with several agencies, providing services to farmers and land users mainly in the towns of Coamo, Juana Díaz, Ponce, Peñuelas, Santa Isabel, Salinas and Villalba.
Among the organization’s initiatives is the promotion and education of the public through meetings, seminars and activities related to the dissemination of agricultural programs of the United States Department of Agriculture and the Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture; the stimulation of the establishment of practices and systems related to erosion control and the conservation of natural resources on farms of cooperating farmers and the coordination with community leaders and other environmental groups to achieve an adequate management of soil, water and air resources , plants and animals.