Caribbean National Forest


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Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque)

Address:HC 01 Box 13490
Rio Grande, PR 00745

Phone:787-888-1810
Fax:787-888-5685
Web: www.fs.fed.us/r8/caribbean
Size: 28,000 acres.
Location:25 miles northeast of the San Juan metropolitan area, in the Sierra de Luquillo Mountains. Accessible by PR 3, 191, and 186.
Facilities:Visitor center with theater and gift shop, picnic sites, trails (24 miles), observation towers.
Activities:Primitive camping, fishing, hiking, bird watching.
Special Features:Only tropical forest in the U.S. National Forest System. Contains 23 tree species found nowhere else. Provides habitat for rare wildlife including the Puerto Rican parrot, found only on this part of the island. Three of the forest's rivers have been designated as Wild & Scenic: Río La Mina, Río Mameyes, and Río Icacos.

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Historically abundant throughout Puerto Rico and its offshore islands, the parrot is now only found deep within the montane rainforest of the Caribbean National Forest (also known as El Yunque), the only tropical rainforest in the U.
Environmentalists hope to include the San Miguel Farm in the Northeast Biodiversity Corridor, a 3,200-acre strip of coastal land that, when combined with the bordering Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque), would become a nature preserve.
3954, "Caribbean National Forest Wild and Scenic Rivers Act of 2002," which designates certain waterways in the Caribbean National Forest in the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico as components of the National Wild and Scenic Rivers System;
Just a few miles inland is El Yunque, otherwise known as the Caribbean National Forest.
The Caribbean National Forest is on Route 191 above the town of Rio Grande and is open from 7:30 a.
Puerto Rico is home to the Caribbean National Forest (known locally as "El Junque"), the only tropical rainforest in the U.
The Institute's missions include research, cooperating with conservation organizations and forestry, departments in foreign countries, and assisting the Caribbean National Forest.
national forest system, Puerto Rico's Caribbean National Forest, was devastated by Hurricane Hugo in 1989.
In 1989, the eye of Hurricane Hugo passed within 10 kilometers of Puerto Rico's Caribbean National Forest, where for 3 years researchers had tracked three species of bats.
Previous references to the Caribbean National Forest in Executive Order 7059-A of June 4, 1935, and Executive Order 10992 of February 9, 1962, shall, for all purposes hereafter, be deemed references to the "El Yunque National Forest.
Puerto Rican Parrot (Amazona vittata) Ten captive-reared Puerto Rican parrots were released into the Caribbean National Forest on June 27, joining the 40 birds already in the wild.

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