Ongoing Scientific Objectives



Objective 1.  To examine the effectiveness of thinning techniques in our current plantations of Mahoe and Mahogany.

Objective 2.  To examine the effectiveness of liberation thinning on maturation and volume of tree crops in secondary forest areas. To evaluate methods to transform the structure and species composition to increase productivity and value by applying silvicultural treatments such as improvement thinning or regulating natural regeneration.

Objective 3.  To continue monitoring development of the line-planted areas to see impacts on economic viability, tree density and growth at later stages of their growth cycle.

Objective 4.  With the results of the first three, to provide important information for the development of guidelines for the sustainable management of secondary forests in Puerto Rico and other tropical countries.

Objective 5. To conduct herpetological studies focused on identifying which species of reptiles and amphibians are present at Las Casas de la Selva; to determine the population density, population fluctuations, microhabitat utilization, and the effects of forest management on the herpetofauna of the forest.

Objective 6.  To inventory the macrofungi of Las Casas de la Selva; documenting, describing, and photographing the fungi to create material that will aid in fungal identification for future studies.

Objective 7.  Monitoring both Growth Rate and Seedling Abundance of Naturally Occurring Hardwoods in Secondary Forest at Las Casas de la Selva, Patillas, Puerto Rico.

Objective 8. Planting and monitoring critically endangered endemic tree species for recovery and habitat enhancement.

Objective 9. To conduct a preliminary bird survey on the Las Casas de la Selva land.