NRCS Caribbean Area staff host Regional Conservationist, James Tillman
NRCS Regional Conservationist, James Tillman, received an overview of the Coral Reef Initiative work conducted in the Guánica watershed from Assistant State Conservationist Fernando Arroyo (speaking), during his May 13th visit to Guánica / Río Loco project sites in southwest PR.
The NRCS Caribbean Area was proud to host the visit of NRCS Regional Conservationist (RC), James Tillman, from May 12-16, 2014! NRCS staff led RC Tillman on a whirlwind tour of project sites throughout Puerto Rico during his week-long visit.
RC Tillman had the opportunity to meet with partners and farmers, and to visit many conservation sites. But he was most pleased to meet all of our Caribbean Area staff.
From his arrival on Monday, May 12th, in San Juan, RC Tillman toured Santa Isabel, Guánica, Mayagüez, St. Croix (via videoteleconference), Coloso, San Sebastián, and then returned to San Juan on Thursday.
During that time, he visited the:
Soil & Water Conservation Districts,
Santa Isabel watershed protection engineering site (drainage & irrigation),
Guánica Lower Valley & Río Loco watershed project locations,
Papaya, pineapple, avocado, citrus, onion, hay and dairy farms (EQIP success stories),
Mayagüez Field Office & People's Garden,
USDA Tropical Agriculture Research Station (TARS),
Proposed sugar cane production site in the Coloso watershed,
San Sebastián Field Office,
“Hacienda Ramírez” coffee farm
Poultry and dairy energy audit farms
NRCS State Office, and
EPA and other partners (FWS, local government agencies)
Photos of USDA-NRCS Regional Conservationist, James Tillman's, Caribbean Area visit
Tuesday, May 13, RC Tillman toured South Aquifer Watershed Project sites in Santa Isabel, PR. Photos left to right: 1) RC Tillman receives an engineering briefing about the Santa Isabel project; 2) Juana Diaz DC, Nicis Vega, RC Tillman & Eng. Rolando Collazo visit a sediment pond in Santa Isabel; and 3) RC Tillman (2nd from right) visits a mango orchard with SC Zahira Vega (left), SC Anibal Velazquez, (2nd from left) and DC José Santiago (right).
Wednesday morning, May 14, RC Tillman visited the NRCS Mayagüez Service Center and helped plant seedlings in the Mayagüez People's Garden. From left to right: 1) RC Tillman joins staff members Manuel Matos (left), Raquel Robledo (center), Zulma García (2nd from right) and Director Edwin Almodóvar (right) planting in the People's Garden; 2) RC Tillman (right), Director Almodóvar (left), Edwin Más (2nd from left) and Manuel Matos (2nd from right), plant cilantro; and 3) MLRA Leader, Manuel Matos (left), Plant Materials Specialist, Edwin Más (center) and RC Tillman take a break from digging.
Photos left to right: 1) MLRA Leader, Manuel Matos (left), RC Tillman (center) and Director Almodóvar survey the People's Garden; 2) RC Tillman (foreground) visited with St. Croix Field Office staff and partners via video teleconference (VTC); and 3) Director Almodóvar (left), RC Tillman (2nd from left) & DC Zulma García (right) meet with Oeste SWCD member, Jenny Santiago, at Mayagüez Field Office on Wednesday, May 14.
RC Tillman visited the San Sebastián Field Office and local farms. Photos left to right: 1) RC Tillman at the San Sebastian Field Office; left to right: DC Elizabeth Fred, SC Javier Torres, SCT Harry Maldonado, RC Tillman, SC Michelle Catoni, and Director Edwin Almodóvar; 2) RC Tillman examines coffee (center) and plantain (right) production during his visit to a San Sebastián farm.
Concluding his tour of Puerto Rico on Thursday, May 15th, RC Tillman visited the NRCS Caribbean Area State Office in San Juan and met with our State Office staff. Left: RC Tillman receives a scroll from Director Almodóvar as a reminder of his trip to Puerto Rico; Right: Director Almodóvar, State Soil Scientist Carmen Santiago, Resource Conservationist Ismael Matos, Human Resources Manager Elizabeth Hernández, RC Tillman, Administrative Assistant Nilda González, Engineer Hilton Miró, State Engineer Damaris Medina, and Assistant State Conservationist for Programs José Castro.
For details, please contact the Director's Office at 787-766-5206.