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Guánica

DNRE, Oct. 1976

The Guanica Forest lies in the southwestern part of Puerto Rico, and is divided into two separate segments comprising 9,900 acres. The point of highest elevation is 228 m. above sea level. Guanica Bay separates the eastern and western parts of the forest. Steep, cliff like rocks guard the entrance to the bay. Relief on the western part of the forest is more gentle than in the eastern part. The relief can be characterized as undulating, with moderate slope generally less than 40 percent.

Rainfall is scarce, averaging 25 to 30 inches per yeart, and dependable only two or three months of the year. Water scarcity greatly limits recreational use and over all development potential, especially in the western part of the forest and in the central part of the larger eastern section. No water lines service the forest except one now being built along Highway No. 333 to serve Copamarina Hotel.

Temperatures are high, often reaching into the 90's during the summer.

Within the subtropical dry forest seven vegetation associations are recognized which contain a total of more than 700 species of plants of which 246 are trees or large shrubs. The diversity is comparable to any other area of equal size anywhere in Puerto Rico. There are 48 rare or endangered species, of these, 16 are only found within the boundaries of this forest.

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