PONCE – The non-profit organization, the Caribbean District of Soil and Water Conservation, southern area, set the goal of planting 5,000 native trees in the towns of Coamo, Juana Díaz, Ponce, Peñuelas, Santa Isabel, Salinas and Villalba and de in this way to face climate change, protect fauna and flora and, in addition, recover the ecological balance of the identified areas.
To achieve this project, the collaboration of volunteers and residents of these towns is sought to be part of this initiative. Those interested can send a text message to 939-592-6928.
“This environmental and reforestation initiative is subsidized by federal funds from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture. Our goal is to plant some 5,000 native trees in public spaces that will be identified in collaboration with the mayors of the municipalities. The Caribbean District will be in charge of the transfer and planting of the trees. With these activities we also seek to guide the communities about the importance of planting the correct tree in the correct place and making them part of this process. We want to raise awareness among citizens, that they feel part of their ecosystem and are committed to protecting it ”, informed agronomist Marcos Saliceti in written communication.
Likewise, Saliceti said that, “in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic and after the effects of hurricanes Irma and María and the earthquakes that affected the southern area, initiatives like these are the ideal solution to restore the ecological balance to the ecosystem” .
As mentioned, this ecological balance can be achieved with the restoration of lost flora, improving important habitats and with the sustainable management of the lands surrounding protected natural areas to restore forests and protect the soil. Some of the native trees to be planted are native oaks, beach grapes, button mangrove, among others.
For additional information you can visit the Facebook page of the Caribbean District https://www.facebook.com/districtcaribedeconservaciondesuelosyagua/
The Caribbean Soil and Water Conservation District is a non-profit organization that works in collaboration with the USDA-NRCS, among other 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 are the promotion and education of the public through meetings, seminars and activities related to the dissemination of agricultural programs of the USDA and the DAPR; 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.
This project was made possible by a grant from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture.