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Human Dynamics and Forest Management: A Baseline Assessment of the Socioeconomic Characteristics of the Region Surrounding the El Yunque National Forest

Kathleen A. McGinley*

*International Institute of Tropical Forestry, USDA Forest Service, Río Piedras, PR, USA 00926.

Caribbean Naturalist, Special Issue No. 1 (2016)

In this paper, I examine the socioeconomic dynamics and human–environment interactions in the region surrounding the El Yunque National Forest (EYNF) in northeastern Puerto Rico and their implications for policy development and sustainable resource use. As part of a larger, comprehensive assessment of the conditions and trends of the EYNF and broader region, I collected and analyzed demographic, economic, human health and well being, and other social and cultural data. Herein, I discuss the implications of my findings in terms of the management and conservation of the EYNF. I also present the broader implications for integrating socioeconomic information and analyses in natural-resource planning and management.

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