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Boy Scouts Learn About Soils at the Monte del Estado Ecological Forest

MLRA Leader, Manuel Matos, describes Puerto Rico soil types to Boy Scouts
MLRA Soil Survey Leader, Manuel Matos, describes Puerto Rico soil types to Boy Scouts.

In the spirit of Holiday giving, the Mayagüez MLRA Office participated in the Boy Scouts Holiday Camp at the Monte del Estado Ecological Forest, in Maricao, Puerto Rico on December 27, 2013.

NRCS MLRA Soil Scientists Manuel Matos and Samuel Rios taught 20 scouts from the Boy Scouts of America Troop 55 about various aspects of Puerto Rico’s soils. They described:

  • ‘What is Soil?
  • How soils form,
  • How soil scientists develop soil survey maps, and
  • Why it is important to protect this valuable natural resource.

The scouts used the information provided by NRCS Soil Scientists to help them complete their Soil and Water Conservation Merit Badges. The students also learned about the diversity of Puerto Rico soils and were able to construct their own soil mini profiles.

Soil Scientist, Samuel Ríos helps Scouts dig soil cores.
Soil Scientist, Samuel Ríos helps Scouts dig soil cores.

Contact:

Manuel Matos, MLRA Soil Survey Leader, 787-831-3416 x108.