BECOME A FOREST AND FARM STEWARD
Protecting the forest is an ancient activity practiced by advanced cultures to their time. They recognized the value of Nature and its role as provider of water, food, shelter and medicine. From immemorial times, men and women learned that trees nourish the soil and they nourish themselves from it. This life process favors the well-being of our families.
Today after the lashes of Hurricanes María and Irma, the call to sustain the life of the forest and the heritage of our land is accentuated as part of the lesson learned from generation to generation.
We invite you to become part of the new generation of forest and farm custodians through a first step: the development of a management plan from the Forest Stewardship Program of the United States Forest Service.
Do you have a farm or land that contains forest areas or bodies of water?
Would you like to learn what natural capital your farm has - identify flora, fauna, endangered species, soil types?
Do you want to have GIS maps of your farm?
Do you aspire to add value to the landscape of your farm?
A team of professionals in agronomy, horticulture, economic development, conservation, GIS (digital cartography) and biology, can help you make the Forest Stewardship Management Plan free of cost.
Based on the goals of the custodians and farmers, the objectives of the Program contribute to:
• Protect water quality
• Improve soil productivity and reduce erosion
• Improve habitat for wildlife
• Keep forests healthy
• Enhance natural beauty
• Support recreational, agricultural and sustainable economic development activities
TOWARDS RECOVERY AND RESILIENCE
This project is made possible thanks to a grant from the Forest Service of the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and provider. Cafiesencia © 2020
Jiba Films, Cafiesencia EMMY AWARD WINNER project for the production of the Maricao Forest Documentary where high school students from the Urban Superior High School of Maricao and the Laura Mercado Agroecological School of San Germán were taught how to film a professional documentary. Students also learned about the Nature, Community and History of the Forest and its surroundings. JIBA means mountain/forest in the native indian tainos language.
Forest Communities Conversations
Prior to the passage of the hurricanes of 2017, Cafiesencia carried out eight conversations in communities near our protected areas thanks to a grant from the USDA Forest Service: Aguirre, Boquerón, Capetillo, Carite, Guilarte, Río Hondo, Susúa and Toro Negro. The talks gathered, spontaneously and without filters, the feelings of these communities regarding the management of forests and protected areas and their interest in participating in co-management dynamics and the possibility that these areas represent engines of economic development for your community. Because these talks were held prior to the passage of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, a survey among some participants was conducted after these atmospheric events to assess if the perception had changed.
NATIONAL REGISTER OF HISTORIC PLACES
Cafiesencia obtained with the collaboration of the University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez and the Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies (CIEL) the entry of two properties under the works of the Conservation Civilian Corps (CCC), a program featured under the NEW DEAL, to the National Register of Historic Places. These properties are the Fish Hatchery in Maricao and the Observation Tower in San Germán. This work was made possible thanks to a grant from the Puerto Rico State Historic Conservation Office (PRSHPO).
TOURISTIC COFFEE ROUTE
In January 2016, Cafiesencia released the results of the Touristic Coffee Route Feasibility Study: Central West Part of Puerto Rico, which results are very encouraging. This study was funded by USDA Rural Development and had the collaboration of the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus and hundreds of in-kind hours donated by individuals, communities and institutions. The results were presented in several community forums and workshops across the impact area. Here you will find the complete study and a power point presentation with the highlights of the study.