Let’s Plant Trees in Puerto Rico this Earth Day
April 13, 2018
April 12, 2018 – Over a crackling phone line, powered by a generator in the El Yunke National Forest in Puerto Rico, volunteer coordinator Juana Rosas described the devastation. Almost seven months since Hurricane Maria battered the island, there is still no electricity in most rural areas. Roads are impassable due to landslides. At the National Park, visitor centers and greenhouses are destroyed.
With no office and spotty internet, Juana and volunteer teams of local Girl Scouts are working tirelessly to replant native tree species. They are asking for our help. Please help Earth Day Network reforest Puerto Rico.
The powerful Category 4 Hurricane Maria raked across the island Sept. 20, killing at least 60 people and causing widespread damage. It was the strongest storm to hit the U.S. territory in 89 years. In a matter of hours, about 80 percent of the crop value and 80 percent of the trees were destroyed.
Now, everything depends on how fast the forest recovers. This Earth Day, let’s reforest Puerto Rico. Please help.