Community celebrates the acquisition of urban forest in Mayagüez

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Yaneris Soto, Media Specialist

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It will provide a recreational and educational space for all the community

San Juan, Puerto Rico, March 19, 2019 - USDA Forest Service International Institute of Tropical Forestry. The Proyecto Agro-Ecológico Barrio Rio Hondo Inc. and the Municipality of Mayagüez, are inviting the public to celebrate the acquisition of El Bosque Comunitario de Rio Hondo, this next Friday, March 22, from 9:30am to 2:00pm at Rio Hondo Community in Mayagüez.

This forest is a pioneer in its class, since it's the only community forest in Puerto Rico and the Caribbean that has been formally included under the approved proposal of Community Forest and Open Space Program of U.S. Forest Service. El Bosque Comunitario de Rio Hondo is a secondary type forest with great agricultural and ecological value that was a result of the community efforts to rescue a space of sustainability for the enjoyment of everyone.

The activity is a collaboration between the Municipality of Mayagüez, The Proyecto Agro-ecológico Barrio Rio Hondo Inc. and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry after the acquisition of 67.9 acres of land of the forest, completed last September. The efforts of the Firefighters Corps of Puerto Rico after the Hurricanes Irma and María will be recognized as well. They helped the community reestablish the system of trails inside the forest that were affected by these hurricanes.

At the event, there will be activities for children and adults, as well as guided walking tours and informational talks. Participants will also find expositions and information about the established projects at the forest, and the University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez will also have participation, among others.

"The community of Rio Hondo is an excellent example of what communities can do when they unite forces to preserve our natural resources and protect our forests", mentioned Magaly Figueroa, Director of State and Private Forestry Program in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands.

El Bosque Comunitario de Rio Hondo is located at 380 Street, Km 2.0 at the Rio Hondo community in Mayagüez. There will be parking available at Sultanita Park and Ismael Porto Jr. Gym.

For more information about the Community Forest Program and the International Institute of Tropical Forestry, visit State and Private Forestry

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