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.
Parks Directory of the United States, 5th Edition. © 2007 by Omnigraphics, Inc.
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A report in the October 2018 issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describes considerable climate-driven insect declines in Puerto Rico's El Yunque National Forest, leading to subsequent declines in lizards, frogs, and birds.
TEST THE WATER Cascading falls in the El Yunque National Forest. Right, enticing pool at the Hilton Caribe hotel
Now, researchers from the U.S.-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. As we climbed to the top of an observation tower in the rainforest, we were greeted with a downpour.
First declared an endangered species in 1967, an intensive and ongoing recovery program for the parrot was initiated in the Luquillo Mountains, also known as the El Yunque National Forest, in 1968.
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.
Just prior to the accident, an airplane was heard flying at low altitude over El Yunque National Forest on an approximate heading of 260 degrees near state road 191.
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.
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).