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Monday, July 18 • 10:30am - 11:45am
Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnerships Initiative (JCI) in Puerto Rico

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Under the Joint Chief’s Initiative (JCI), USDA-NRCS, the U.S. Forest Service, and other partners in Puerto Rico leverage resources to work collaboratively at a landscape-scale level to increase conservation actions on private lands to improve ecosystem function and health and economic and ecological services for local communities impacted by the 2017 hurricane season. Learn more in this session about JCI projects to conserve and protect targeted species through biological corridor establishment, wildlife habitat improvement, and the establishment of new populations of threatened and endangered plant species.

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Ricardo J. Colon

Caribbean Area Biologist, NRCS
Ricardo J. Colon completed a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science and a Master’s Degree in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico.  With more than 10 years of experience in the federal government, he began his career in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a Wildlife Biologist... Read More →

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Magaly Figueroa

AD for State and Private Forestry Programs, International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA-USFS
Magaly Figueroa is in charge of the State and Private Forestry Programs in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands since 2017. She has worked for the US Forest Service at the International Institute of Tropical Forestry since 2002. Until 2002, she worked for the Forest Service Bureau... Read More →
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Iván Llerandi-Román

Supervisory Fish & Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office
Iván Llerandi-Román is a Supervisory Fish & Wildlife biologist in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Caribbean Ecological Services Field Office. He holds a Master’s degree in Fish and Wildlife Management from the Mississippi State University and B.S. degree in Biology... Read More →

Isela Ortiz

Administrator, Southwest Soil Conservation District

Monday July 18, 2022 10:30am - 11:45am EDT
San Cristobal EFG