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Land-cover Composition, Water Resources and Land Management in the Watersheds of the Luquillo Mountains, Northeastern Puerto Rico

Photo of Watersheds, land cover, and municipalities within the study area of the El Yunque National Forest.  USDA Forest ServiceWatersheds, land cover, and municipalities within the study area of the El Yunque National Forest. USDA Forest ServiceSnapshot : An important element for wise use of water-related ecosystem services is understanding land-cover composition and its relation to water resources at different scales of management and decision making.

Principal Investigators(s) :
Heartsill Scalley, Tamara 
Research Location : El Yunque National Forest;Luquillo Experimental Forest in Puerto Rico
Research Station : International Institute of Tropical Forestry (IITF)
Year : 2015
Highlight ID : 770

Summary

This study presents a site-specific analysis that identifies and quantifies watershed land cover of the main rivers that have their headwaters in El Yunque National Forest. The scientists identify watersheds where opportunities are present to engage in immediate actions to sustain water-related ecosystem services.. Land-cover dynamics, watershed-related processes, and water conditions are presented in a way that can be communicated to a broad range of stakeholders, highlighting the implications of land cover to ecosystem processes and water resources.

Forest Service Partners

External Partners

  • Annie Hermanses-Baez
  • Tania del M. López-Marrero from the ?Deptartment of Social Sciences and the Interdisciplinary Center for Coastal Studies, and Sea Grant Program of the University of Puerto Rico–Mayagüez Campus