Faculty Advisor

Garvin, Ann

Faculty Advisor

Peet, R. Creighton

Project Center

San Juan, Puerto Rico


In Puerto Rico, ongoing economic and population growth is causing widespread urbanization at the expense of valuable forest ecosystems. The community of el Plantio faced this issue when a cherished range of forested hills was threatened by local developers. We assessed the situation through interviews, explored the area to compile scientific arguments for preservation, and surveyed local educators regarding use of the area for educational purposes. Our findings will help the community justify re-zoning the hills as a protected area and suggest educational uses as an alternative to development. With the assistance of the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources, we used the example of el Plantio to adapt the USFS Wildland-Urban Interface Assessment to a Puerto Rican context.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

May 2006

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Advisor Department

Interdisciplinary Programs