Frank Wadsworth’s useful blog on things forestal in the insular Caribbean has this valuable review of information in back issues of the “Caribbean Forester.”
FORGOTTEN FORESTRY INFORMATION OF PUERTO RICO
Frank H. Wadsworth
Volunteer, International Institute of Tropical Forestry
Now that the island is more than half covered with forests and we are having an unprecedented number of students searching for the ecology of nature in Puerto Rico there is an unexpected fundamental source of information about the trees and forests that appeared between 1940 and 1964. It was also a period in which the objectives were different. Reservation of abandoned farmland called for reforestation. It called for trees propagated, adapted, fast growing, and productive of useful woods.
Tree propagation in nurseries rose to 9 million trees per year, and in a 9-year period more than 29 million trees were planted. The number of tree species used was 500, 190 natives and 310 introduced species. An array of sites throughout the island was included, making the findings of interest almost everywhere. Much was…
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