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Guánica hydroseeding, 2014
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    Ridges to Reefs/Protectores de Cuencas/NOAA RC
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    "Ridge to Reefs and Protectores de Cuencas have defined a set of methods to stabilize bare soils on high mountain and dry coastal sites in Puerto Rico. These methods are applicable to other sites across the Caribbean and likely into the tropical areas of the Pacific. Our efforts began with NFWF funded hydroseeding/hydromulching efforts that included a Soil Stabilization Roundtable in Puerto Rico which involved technical partners/experts from Department of Natural and Environmental Resources of Puerto Rico, US Fish and Wildlife Service, NC State University, NOAA Restoration Center, Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) and a Puerto Rico Department of Agriculture Agricultural Extension Service from the high mountain areas of the Guánica watershed. Through the NFWF funded project we were able to test hydroseeding/mulching methods on slopes between 70 and 90% and refine suggested techniques. The Fiscal Year 2012 (FY12) funds were used to expand and begin to implement these methods on a larger and broader scale and to diversify the types of sites which included two farm sites and one commercial site. The Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13) funds were used to complete the acreage on the Finca La Paz site, the Hardware Store site as well as to do test plots on two burn sites using primarily native species as well as rye grass to initiate immediate stabilization. As the FY2013 project was a continuation of the FY2012 project, we have presented some of the same information and photos for the two sites initiated in FY12. We have also provided a summary and a table of achievements using FY2013 funds and highlighted in bold some of the additional lessons and items gleaned using the FY2013 funds"--Background.
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