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Place of Publication: El Yunque National Forest, Rio Grande, Puerto Rico
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The El Yunque National Forest Ne\wsletter


El B osq(I Plu vIal I


Volume II, Issue 2


Welcome!


To El Bosaue Pluvial's

Summer, 2007 issue. It is
packed with interesting
stories about the El Yunque
National Forest, America's
only tropical rainforest and
its staff who conserve this


vital resource.


INSIDE THIS ISSUE:


From the Forest
Supervisors Desk.

Youth Conservation
Corps-Teen Summer
jobs in El Yunque!
In Memoriam:
Miguel Lopez- a friend
and colleague is lost.
PR & Federal
leaders celebrate
Forest's new name.
crest Spctliplit:
Delia Gomez-
problem solver.


FoESTSENCEt

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Summer, 2007,

EIYunque's Nature Guides: aValuable

Resource for Our Visitors


Cynthia Manfred bent
down over leaf litter
beside the Bafio de Oro
nature trail; with a
magnifying monocular
she inspected wasp
larvae deposited on the
belly of a paralyzed
centipede. Nicole Viau,
11, and her brother
Jacob, 7, visiting from
New Hampshire, knelt
next to her. Cynthia
handed them the
magnifier, carefully
explaining how wasps
use parasitism to feed
their larvae. After
questions had been
answered, Cynthia
continued to lead the
kids and their parents
along the trail, pausing
to describe each new
discovery. Nicole and
Jacob were delighted
with Cynthia's clear


explanations; they
couldn't wait to use
their new-found
rainforest knowledge
when they went home.


Cynthia, and her
colleagues Frank Torres
and Edwin Velazquez
are US Forest Service In-
formation Specialists
(Nature Guides) assigned
to the El Yunque NF. All
three are Interpretive
Guides, certified by the
National Association for
Interpretation (NAI).
They attend regularly
scheduled refresher
courses given by Visitor
Information Service Op-
erations Leader Victor
Cuevas, who is an NAI
Certified Interpreter
Trainer. A large portion of
each day is spent guiding
visitors on "Forest
Adventure Tours;" these
one-hour nature trail hikes
are designed to give
visitors a better
understanding of the El
Yunque National
Forest's complex
ecosystems. A small fee is
charged for the tours; the
funds are used to offset the
costs of maintaining the
Forest's high level of
service.

They also give one hour
"Rent-A-Ranger"
nature trail tours to
schools and large groups.
Information about Rent-a-
Ranger tours can be
obtained by calling


787 888 1810.

During summer months,
Cynthia, Frank and Edwin
present a series of "Live
Animal" shows at the
Forest's El Portal Rain
Forest Center. Caged
reptiles, amphibians and


exotic species are
featured for "close-up"
viewing and the guides give
talks about the habits and
habitats of the animals.

Frank and Edwin work only
during the seven month
"high" season (February to
the beginning of
September), while Cynthia
works "solo" for the
remaining five months.
El Yunque's Nature Guides
keep extremely busy; the
Forest welcomes over
1,000,000 visitors each year!

"El Yunque's Nature Guides
provide an invaluable
service to visitors from all
over the world.







EL BOSQUE PLUVIAL


From the Forest Supervisor's Desk


Unusually high
temperature and
humidity have
characterized
the weather here
in the eastern
Caribbean
during the
summer of 2007.
The onset of
summer also signaled the start of
the Atlantic hurricane season.
University of Colorado expert, Dr.
William Gray has stated that storm
activity during this hurricane
season will be above average.

We began our preparations early in
April here in the El Yunque NF.
On June 1st, the Forest was
certified ready to respond to
hurricane incidents. Because our
staff are "first responders" when an
incident occurs in the Forest, we
encourage them to ensure that their
families and homes are
prepared and ready to cope with
potential damage and the inevitable
loss of services should a severe
storm oeelir


Thankfully, the first few months of
the season have passed without
tropical storms developing, but the
season is not over until the end of
November so we must remain
prepared and vigilant.

The preliminary results of the 2006
National Visitor Use Monitoring
(NVUM) survey reflect an impressive
increase over former years in the
number of visitors to the Forest;
El Yunque received over 1 million
visitors over the period of the survey.
This is favorable news; it proves that
the El Yunque NF has become an
extremely popular tourist
destination, due in large part to the
quality of the ecotourism experience
that our dedicated staff provides to
our visitors. However, increased
visitation poses a tremendous
challenge, potentially impacting our
ability to manage the Forest
recreation venue at its present high
levels. I am happy to report that
despite our recent loss of the SCSEP
senior worker program (Spring, 07 El
Bosque Pluvial) our staff and
volunteers successfully managed the
Forest access control operation


during our peak visitation periods
this summer. We will study the
results of these operations and use
what we find to refine our future
recreation management skills.

Our highly motivated firefighters
saw a lot of action over the summer.
Four firefighting crews and their
support personnel were dispatched
to combat major fire incidents in
the western United States. Both
firefighting crews and support
personnel performed admirably,
executing their assigned duties and
tasks professionally. We are
thankful for their safe return to the
island.

As you see, we have had a very
busy summer in the El Yunque NF.
I sincerely hope that you and your
families have enjoyed a relaxing
summer season.

Hasta pronto,


Aalotf


El Yunque NF's YCC Summer Employment Program;
Another Teen Success Story!


The El Yunque National Forest
hosted another successful Youth
Conservation Corps Program from
June through August this year.
YCC provides summer jobs for
young men and women 15 to 18
years of age; participants gain
greater
s8?4,q Environmental
awareness,
W while earning
AC Iextra money.
o00 0 Manpower De-
seRvN' velopment


Specialist Elizabeth Trevino,
chose five YCC candidates from a
total of 108
applicants by web-based lottery:

Ricardo DiCristina, Joel Diarza-
Millan, Frances M. Matos and
Jorge L. Cabrera from Rio
Grande; Vilma Santos Navarro
from Fajardo.

This year the YCC teens learned
important conservation
lessons by helping Ecosystem


Team technicians with a fisheries
project with technicians Orlando
Carrasquillo, Benjamin Fuentes
and Anastacio Gomez.
ATIMP-


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VOLUME II, ISSUE 2







EL BOSQUE PLUVIAL


EIYunque Loses a Friend and Colleague


This Summer the El
Yunque National Forest
lost a good friend, an
esteemed colleague and
a dedicated worker.

Miguel Lopez passed
away suddenly in July,
after serving his
beloved El Yunque for
more than three
decades. He would have
been 71 next January.

Miguel was loved and
respected by the entire
El Yunque staff; his
tireless maintenance
work on the Forest's trails,
shelters, buildings and just about
everything else that comes to
mind was a familiar sight to staff
and visitors alike. He
accomplished every task set
before him in a most
professional manner, setting a
high standard for those who


worked at his side. His reputation was
such that he was often requested by
name to work on special Forest
projects.

Miguel was born and raised in
Luquillo, Puerto Rico, where he
attended elementary and high school.
Shortly after graduating, he traveled


to New York seeking
employment. Returning to
the island he met his
future wife Dolores who
hailed from Naguabo.
They were soon married
and shortly after their
first child Magda was
born, they set out for New
York once again. They
Lived in New York for
many years; their three
other children; Nelida,
Miguel Jr. and Harry were
born there. After their
return to the island,
Miguel joined the Forest
Service in 1975, where he
continued to work until his death
in July.

Miguel will be sorely missed by
his family, by all of his friends
and colleagues, and especially by
the El Yunque Forest that meant
so much to him; the land will feel
the loss of his loving care.


EIYunque National Forest Celebrates

Official Name Change


The Forest celebrated its official
name change on Tuesday, August
S28th, 2007, acknowledging the historic
e e event with a morning ceremony at the
El Portal Rain Forest Center
Natia followed by the unveiling of the new
El Yunque National Forest sign at
the Forest's entrance.

"l un Forest Supervisor Pablo Cruz
kicked-off the event, welcoming
USDA Forest Service Regional
On April 2, 2007 a proclamation Forester Charles Myers, PRFAA
by President George W. Bush Executive Director Eduardo Bhatia
officially changed the Forest's (representing Governor Acevedo)
name from the Caribbean and Puerto Rico's Resident
National Forest to the Commissioner Luis Fortufio, and
El Yunque National Forest. other distinguished guests along with
the Forest's employees and
volunteers.


An audio-visual presentation
"El Yunque, a Rain Forest With
Many Names" prepared by the
Forest's Customer Service Team,
was shown next, followed with
speeches by the Regional Forester,
PRFAA Director and Resident
Commissioner; each spoke about the
historical significance and cultural
importance of the name change to
the Forest and to Puerto Rico's
patrimony.

As the highlight of the ceremony, the
entire assembly was escorted to the

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EL BOSQUE PLUUIAL

Pablo Cruz
Forest Supervisor
El Yunque National Forest
HC-01, Box 13490
Rio Grande, PR 00745-9625
Phone: 787 888 1810
Fax: 787 888 5622
Email: pcruz0 I@fs.fed.us

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) prohibits discrimi-
nation in all its programs and activities on the basis of race,
color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, political
beliefs, sexual orientation, or marital or family status. (Not all
prohibited bases apply to all programs.) Persons with disabili-
ties who require alternate means for communication of pro-
gram information (Braille, large print, audiotape, etc.) should
contact USDA's TARGET Center at 202-720-2600 (Voice and
TDD.)To file a complaint of discrimination write USDA, Direc-
tor, Office of Civil Rights, Room 326-W, Whitten Building, 1400
Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20250-9410 or call
202-720-5964 (Voice and TDD). USDA is an equal opportunity
employer and provider.



Forest Name Change Ceremony
(continued from previous page)

entrance of the Forest at PR road# 191,
km 9, by the Taino cultural
preservation group "Giiatu Ma Cu a
Boriken" to witness the unveiling of the
new El Yunque National Forest sign.

After the unveiling, the group returned to
El Portal, where Regional Forester
Myers and Forest Supervisor Cruz
recognized the contributions of El
Yunque's employees and volunteers
during a luncheon event. Each person
was presented with a new El Yunque
National Forest brass name tag and given
a plaque as a memento of their Caribbean
National Forest service. The luncheon
also included entertainment provided by
the exciting University of Puerto Rico,
Rio Piedras campus' "Tuna," traditional
music group.

In the afternoon, the event was opened to
the public at the Forest's El Portal Rain
Forest Center, with an aboriginal
Taino culture demonsation by the
Taino group "Giiatu Ma Cu a
Boriken" at El Portal's third level
parking area.

A truly memorable day!


When an FI Yunque NF employee
t .encounters an administrative
S"glitch," whether it be with payroll,
purchasing, ordering uniforms, or
'1O ,I .ust about anything else imaginable,
Chances are they will take their
troubles to Administrative
Support Assistant,
Delia Gomez.

u s Delia's cheerful demeanor, coupled
~ac.n with her detailed knowledge of how
the Forest Servce works, is a gift to all who ask for her help.
Delia quickly resolves a problem; or if she can't, she hooks-up an
employee with the exact person in F5' Albuquerque Service Center
or Regional or Washington DC office to provide final resolution.


You neverget short-changed, you get your desired results quickly,
efficiently and cheerfully when you "deal with Delia!"


Delia is the youngest of four sisters born to Juan Gomez Felix and
Aida Jimenez. She was raised in Fajardo, fuerto Rico, where she
attended elementary and high school. She married her"militarB"
husband, Roberto 5oto Lebron soon aftergraduating from high
school. While living on various military bases in exotic locations such
as Germany, Delia found time to raise a son, Roberto, and two
daughters, bianca and Lorna.


(Upon returning to the island Delia earned an Associate degree in
business at the LUniversity of Fuerto Rico; she worked with local
manufacturing and pharmaceutical companies until coming to
FI Yunque, where she began as a receptionist. 5he was quickly
promoted to support Senrice specialist, Accounting Technician
and was recently reassigned as Administrative Support Assistant.
While working at LEI Yunque, she completed studies for a BA in
Business Administration at the Interamerican U niversity in Fajardo,
graduating Magna curm Laude!


Delia says she enjoys working at E 1 Yunque; she is especially happy
when she is interacting with her Forest colleagues, helping them to
solve their day-to-day problems!


ORcEST SPOTLIGHT




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