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Fundraiser following hurricanes Irma and Maria

2 November 2017

In September of 2017, Puerto Rico was struck by two consecutive catastrophic Hurricanes (Irma and María) with maximum sustained winds of 155 miles per hour causing 25+ foot wave surges along coasts and torrential rainfall. The devastation ravaged both populated and forested areas of the island. It is considered one of the most catastrophic events in modern US history. While relief efforts are ongoing, the island is largely without electrical power, potable water, transportation, and communications, and the situation is dire. Besides basic needs, restoring Puerto Rico's forest and returning its ecological functions are essential to the island’s sustainable recovery.

The Arboretum Doña Inés Park of the Luis Muñoz Marín Foundation, a 12-acre urban forest in the heart of San Juan and the center of Puerto Rico's native plant preservation did not escaped the destruction.  The Arboretum houses the world's largest collection of Puerto Rican plants including 60% of Puerto Rico's common tree species and 41% of the threatened and endangered species on the island. Currently, there are hundreds of fallen trees at the Arboretum, which represents over 50% of the plants in the Arboretum.

The urgency is real. With vast areas of Puerto Rican forests severely damaged due to the hurricanes, a massive reforestation campaign is needed. We are in a position to aid in their recovery now.

To donate to their campaign, please see there GoFundMe page: https://www.gofundme.com/flmmpr.

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