El Tambor Conservation Easement
Morovis, Puerto Rico
On July 9, 2007, Dr. Julio V. Rivera Rivera and his wife, Wanda I. Torres Miranda, constituted a conservation easement with the Conservation Trust of Puerto Rico after understanding the need to conserve and protect those acres of their property displaying significant natural and agricultural value. Located in the municipality of Morovis, in Puerto Rico’s Northern Region, el Tambor farm became the first private landowner donation of a conservation easement under Puerto Rico’s Conservation Easement Law.
The conservation of secondary tropical forests and agricultural lands in El Tambor is paramount to maintaining the biological cycles that provide water, clean air, natural resources and recreational values to local communities in Morovis. With a total area of 217.22 acres, the easement lies along the Island’s northern central mountain range, in a transitional zone between mountains of volcanic origin and
limestone formations to the north that notably include the northern karst belt. For this reason its landscape is characterized by its karst formations, which contain ten karst hills, six sinkholes and three small caves.
The farm’s proximity to the town center makes it part of the green belt surrounding the Morovis municipality, and highlights a teeming biological richness that includes 45 species of trees, 29 species of fauna in 18 families, including 14 endemic species.