Corredor Ecologico del Noreste, Puerto Rico
  • Petitioned Thomas Rivera Shatz

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President of the Senate in Puerto Rico
Thomas Rivera Shatz

Corredor Ecologico del Noreste, Puerto Rico

    1. Maria Elena Garcia
    2. Petition by

      Maria Elena Garcia

      San Juan, United States

This area is the second most important nesting habitat inside the US jurisdiction for the endangered Leatherback turtle species. The current governor, Luis Fortuno, revoked in 2009 the Nature Reserve status this area had received by the previous government administration. This is the first time in the history of our island that a governor eliminates the designation of nature reserve to an area.

 Two weeks ago the governor signed a new plan that claims to be more "green" and beneficial.  They have named this new plan, The Great Reserve of the Northeast. This name is deceptive and misleading, since it leaves unprotected 500 acres of land within the reserve and permits the construction of various residential, commercial and high-end tourism projects within the area. Coincidentally, the patches of land that are unprotected under the new plan are the same patches of land that construction investors have been trying to develop for many years. Also, the new plan permits the construction of roads in order to interconnect these developments. The goverment has been able to manipulate the public's and the media's opinion by claiming that they are adding thousands of acres of land to the "Great Reserve", but what they have failed to mention is that these acres of land are a combination of: 1. lands already impacted by residential and commercial developments, 2.underground coastal lands, and 3. lands already protected by a trust fund (Las Cabezas de San Juan).  

These are some of the projects that will be permitted within the nature reserve:

1. Dos Mares Resort

2. San Miguel Resort

3. Seven Seas Resort

4. Paradise Found Villas (an apartment project)

5. Playa Azul Center ( commercial development)

These projects are of high impact to the land, but the government is claiming that they are eco-friendly developments. The new "Great Reserve of the Northeast" is a sham and will result in the fragmentation in many pieces of one of the last prestine areas of our island. The entire process to approve this new plan has been secretive, irregular and corrupt. 

The Sierra Club and many other community and environmental organizations have been working hard for years in order to declare this entire area as a nature reserve and only permit the development of real eco-friendly and local business.  Please help us spread the word and the truth about the misleading, "Great Reserve of the Northeast." Our goal is to reinstall the original plan that was approved in 2008, this plan maintains the integrity of a real nature reserve, without any habitat fragmentation.  The government needs to respect the participative and open process which took place when the original plan was created and approved in 2008.  We demand that the Corredor Ecologico del Noreste be kept as a nature reserve in its entirity.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Senado radicara medida para proteger el Corredor Ecologico del Noreste

      Maria Elena Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      SAN JUAN, PR – La senadora Lornna Soto anuncio que miembros de la mayoría estarán radicando un proyecto de ley en la tarde de hoy, designando todos los terrenos públicos en el Corredor Ecológico del Noreste (CEN) como reserva natural.

    2. Reached 1,000 signatures
    3. Corridor is important spawning place for turtle

      Maria Elena Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      The US Fish and Wildlife Service declares that the beaches from the CEN are critical habitat for the Leatherback Turtle

    4. AGENCIA FEDERAL INICIA PROCESO PARA PROTEGER HABITAT DEL TINGLAR EN EL CEN

      Maria Elena Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      The Fish and Wildlife Service recommends that the beaches from the CEN be declared critical habitat for the Leatherback Turtle

    5. AGENCIA FEDERAL INICIA PROCESO PARA PROTEGER HABITAT DEL TINGLAR EN EL CEN

      Maria Elena Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      *Optional: How does this news coverage help your cause?

    6. Reached 250 signatures
    7. Massive oposition to the new plan for El Corredor Ecologico del Noreste

      Maria Elena Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      This article explains why so many people are opposed to the new plan for this area; it leaves unprotected 500 acres of land within the nature reserve. The so-called "Great Ecological Reserve of the Northeast" will create a fragmented habitat.

    8. Nudismo, políticos y narcotraficantes - El Nuevo Día

      Maria Elena Garcia
      Petition Organizer

      This is the personal account of Hector Horta an ex-employee of 25 years for the DRNA (Natural Resource Department of Puerto Rico). In this article he shares his experiences as the manager of this area and describes the area's history.

    9. Reached 100 signatures

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    Reasons for signing

      • about 3 years ago

      I am signing this petition because we should put a stop to the current trend of destroying the land's natural beauty for the sake of building for "a select few". Our Island is slowly being stripped of beaches, valleys, mountains and other fertile lands, these being replaced with projects aimed at a very small segment of our society. These projects limit access to and enjoyment of public lands by controlling access to their premises.

      Apart from the fact that we are forgetting about the real possibility of the expected rise in sea level due to global warming, and all the consequences of building in these areas. You just have to look at the aftermath left behind a few inches of rain on the two recent (August and September) climatic events that hit Puerto Rico. Now imagine all that runoff trying to flow into an ocean, say, 20 feet higher than what it is now.

      The responsibility of saving our natural resources belongs to all of us, not just a few. We need to preserve our land; this is our home and that of future generations, plus, it is the only Puerto Rico we have. Please take care of it as if it were yours!

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    • Eduardo Diaz SAN JUAN, PR
      • about 3 years ago

      We need to protect our environment fron overdevelopment

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    • Wanda Tort BAYAMóN, PR
      • about 3 years ago

      Protegiendo el futuro de mis nietos

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    • Teresa Marques-Le MARIETTA, GA
      • about 3 years ago

      Reconozco esta area de la Isla ha sido muy afectada por el desempleo dede que la Marina desaparecio de Ceiba. Pero destruir el delicado ecosistema del area Este de Puerto Rico no tiene justificacion. El gobierno de Puerto Rico podria concentrarse, en vez, en muchas areas de la Isla ya desarolladas, que necesitan renovacion o ser reinventadas. TENER MAS NO NECESARIAMENTE SIGNIFICA SER MEJOR. CALIDAD, PUEBLO, NO CANTIDAD! Y de eso fallamos - Nuestro pueblo carece de la calidad que una vez tuvo. Y no importaen cuantos proyectos nuestro gobierno siga creando y cuanto se siga "embrollando", pa'lante no vamos si el cambio no es genuino.

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    • César Reyes CABO ROJO, PR
      • about 3 years ago

      We are living in a very special time. Never in human history the power has been seized from the wealthy and given to the people. Never were we able to do what we are doing right now.: raising our voices

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