Hurricane Recovery


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Hurricane impacts and recovery efforts

Message from the Forest Supervisor

Hurricanes Irma and Maria passed over Puerto Rico in September 2017 and left a swath of destruction through the Forest the likes of which had not been seen in many years.  From the massive number of downed trees to crippled facilities and severely impacted infrastructure, it remains likely that the recovery operations throughout the Forest will continue for many months. 

Local Forest Service personnel, along with colleagues from around the US and locally hired temporary employees and contractors have worked to clear debris and downed trees from roads, trails and water intakes. Over 200 locally hired temporary employees and contractors have cleared roads, trails and water intakes. 

Maps of recovery efforts Portalito Hubs


Additional Information


Other Resources

We appreciate the volunteers who have helped us throughout the hurricane recovery efforts. We will continue to develop volunteer projects in the Forest to assist with programs and recovery efforts.  Interest in volunteering in future projects can be directed to