Caribbean National Forest

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Caribbean National Forest (El Yunque)

Address:HC 01 Box 13490
Rio Grande, PR 00745

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.

See other parks in Puerto Rico.
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Whether you're exploring the historic, colonial beauty of Old San Juan, hiking in the stunning El Yunque National Forest - the only tropical rainforest in the U.
based Joint BioEnergy Institute at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have found a microbe living in the soil of Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest that can dissolve lignin, that tough woody polymer in plant cell walls that proves to be such an obstacle in cellulosic biofuel production.
We headed east into the steamy El Yunque National Forest.
A limited number of studies have been conducted of the Red-tailed Hawk in the Luquillo Mountains, including dispersal of juveniles from natal areas and temporal stability of territories in portions of El Yunque National Forest (Santana and Temple 1988, Boal et al.
Our objectives were to: (1) quantify Red-tailed Hawk spatial dynamics, and (2) habitat use in the Luquillo Mountains, namely El Yunque National Forest and surrounding private lands.
This aviary for raising parrots was established at an abandoned military outpost within the El Yunque National Forest.
As stewards of the El Yunque National Forest--the last stronghold of the wild parrots in Puerto Rico--the USFS is uniquely qualified to provide habitat protection and enhancement for the parrot, including not only the site of the original captive-rearing facility, but also the site of a new state-of-the-art breeding facility constructed within the El Yunque National Forest in 2007, and which is operated by the Service.
Located on a two-mile stretch of private beach and nestled between the El Yunque National Forest and the tranquil waters of the Espiritu Santo River, The St.
The Rio Grande property is a planned community that sits on 483 acres, nestled between the El Yunque National Forest and the Espiritu Santo River.
RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico, March 14, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Treasurer of the United States Rosie Rios joined Resident Commissioner Pedro Pierluisi and Secretary of State Kenneth McClintock today at the El Portal Rain Forest Visitor Center in Puerto Rico to celebrate the release of the El Yunque National Forest quarter.
Situated between the Espiritu Santo and Herrera rivers and bounded by the majestic El Yunque National Forest, The St.
Campos, will begin construction in October of a new US$40 million brewery at a 45-acre area that was part of the Calderon farm in Canovanas, near El Yunque National Forest, reports Primera Hora (July 24, 2000).