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A forest research institution in the West Indies: the first 50 years Tropical forests: management and ecology

by Lowe, C. eds; Wadsworth, F.H; Lugo, A.E.
Series: Ecological Studies.Publisher: New York, NY (EUA) Springer-Verlag 1995Description: p. 33-56.Subject(s): INVESTIGACION | REGENERACION NATURAL | MANEJO FORESTAL | ASPECTOS SOCIOECONOMICOS | BOSQUE NATURAL | BOSQUE SECUNDARIO | PUERTO RICO | RESEARCH | NATURAL REGENERATION | SECONDARY FORESTS | PUERTO RICO | RECHERCHE | REGENERATION NATURELLE | FORET SECONDAIRE | PORTO RICO In: Summary: What is today the Institute of Tropical Forestry of the USDA Forest Service in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, had its beginning in 1939. From the outset it has served not only the Caribbean but other tropical areas. Its early studies led to characterization of forest types, tree identification, and assessment of tree adaptability and growth in natural forests and plantations. Testing of the adaptability of tree species, both native and exotic, for forest planting on the diverse sites of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has occupied the research staff for the full life of the institution. Properties and susceptibility to preservative treatment of the more common native timbers were determined. Management of the Caribbean National Forest occupied the staff for many years. The Institute has had a growing regional impact in the Caribbean and in tropical America. Its library on tropical forestry is unexcelled in this region. Its training programs for students from other tropical areas and recently its cooperative research relationships with other institutions are impressive measurements of the growth of demands for its services.
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Bib. p. 48-56. Sum. (En)

What is today the Institute of Tropical Forestry of the USDA Forest Service in Río Piedras, Puerto Rico, had its beginning in 1939. From the outset it has served not only the Caribbean but other tropical areas. Its early studies led to characterization of forest types, tree identification, and assessment of tree adaptability and growth in natural forests and plantations. Testing of the adaptability of tree species, both native and exotic, for forest planting on the diverse sites of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands has occupied the research staff for the full life of the institution. Properties and susceptibility to preservative treatment of the more common native timbers were determined. Management of the Caribbean National Forest occupied the staff for many years. The Institute has had a growing regional impact in the Caribbean and in tropical America. Its library on tropical forestry is unexcelled in this region. Its training programs for students from other tropical areas and recently its cooperative research relationships with other institutions are impressive measurements of the growth of demands for its services.

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