Restore the Pterocarpus Forest!

For: Friends of the Pterocarpus Forest
Humacao, Humacao, Puerto Rico
Organizer: Antonio Maldonado López
Restore the Pterocarpus Forest! (Friends of the Pterocarpus Forest)
$1,421
of $25,000 goal
5% Complete
Raised by 16 donors
This fundraiser is closed. Thank you for your support!

The Story

The Pterocarpus Forest, a rare 56-acre swamp forest ecosystem nearly obliterated by Hurricane María, is making a comeback! While Nature is taking its course and restoring the flora, fauna and beauty of this unique ecosystem, we need your help to restore the Forest to its prior state as a vibrant, engaging open-air classroom available to the general public for environmental education and to students and scientists for research.

We need your help to restore the cornerstone of the Forest’s educational strategy – the Boardwalk that winds its way through the interior of the Forest, making encounters with the Forest up close and personal. From the boardwalk, visitors can observe many of the Forest’s 44 species of flora and 52 species of fauna, of which 13 are considered endemic. 

600 feet of the elevated, ¾-mile fiberglass and aluminum, accessible boardwalk were destroyed by Hurricane María and urgently need to be restored.  

Without the replacement of the damaged section of the boardwalk, the interior of the Forest remains totally inaccessible to the public.     

Before Hurricane María -- which made landfall a mere 7 miles away -- the Forest was open to the public every day from 6am to 6pm for self-guided tours and passive recreation.  Guided tours were available with advance reservations. In addition, the forest was available and used for scientific research by university students and researchers.   Thousands of visitors were able to have a rewarding and enlightening environmental educational experience.

Our goal is to raise $25,000 of the $100,000 needed to reconstruct the boardwalk and replace the lost interpretative signage with a view toward having the Forest's interior completely re-opened to the public by the summer. Additional funding support will be sought from foundations and the business community. 

Please make a minimum donation of $15 and help us to literally inch our way towards our goal!  A donation $175 will reconstruct one foot of the walkway!  A $500 donation will restore a yard!   

Donors will be recognized, with our heartfelt thanks, on our virtual Honor Roll. 

For more information about the Forest, visit us at http://www.pterocarpus.org or https://www.facebook.com/pterocarpusforest/.  Feel free to contact us with any questions at (787) 285-6425 or write to us at [email protected]   

The Friends of the Forest organization is responsible for the management, restoration, and enhancement of the Pterocarpus Forest, and we rely on private donations to fund that work. In fact, 65% of the budget needed to keep the Park beautiful, healthy and vibrant -- and accessible to the public -- comes from individual donors.   Donations are tax-deductible.  The Friends are a not for profit corporation, incorporated as PHA Pterocarpus Forest, Inc., exempt from income taxes under sections 501(c)(3) and 1101.1 of the U.S. and Puerto Rico Internal Revenue Codes.

Fundraiser Updates

Posted on April 23, 2018

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Posted on April 23, 2018

We've reached our goal!!

Thanks to your very generous support -- and an allocation of just over $60,000 from the Palmas del Mar Homeowner's Association, the Friends of the Forest (PHA Pterocarpus Forest, Inc.) have raised the money needed to repair the Forest Boardwalk.  Work will begin shortly.  With this achievement the possibility of re-opening the interior of the Forest by mid-June as a place for quiet recreation, an outdoor classroom and a place for arboricultural and other forms of scientific research looms very likely. THANK YOU!


Posted on March 16, 2018

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Posted on March 16, 2018

I want to share with you the results of our campaign so far. In a little over one week, we’ve raised just over $2,071 from 15 exceptional donors.

With these gifts, follow up e-mails and shares on social media, we expect to see continued growth over the next couple of weeks!

Nature is taking care of restoring the Forest’s flora and fauna, but the boardwalk, the interpretive signage, the rest areas and other public facilities will only be restored with the generous support of friends like you!

Share the link below with your friends and encourage them to help you to restore the Forest. Thank you!

YouCaring.com/HelpTheForest

Tony

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