- Agronomy (Nutrient Management, Pest Management, Plant Materials Program, Urban Agriculture / Agricultura Urbana para Puerto Rico, Community Gardens)
- Biology (Fish & Wildlife, Invasive Species, Pollinators, Threatened & Endangered Species)
- Conservation Compliance
- Conservation Planning
- Cultural Resources
- Forestry (Shade Coffee, Guía árboles nativos para prácticas de conservación en Puerto Rico y las Islas Vírgenes Americanas)
- Grazing Lands (Caribbean grasses, Caribbean legumes, Weeds, Manure management)
- Arachis pintoi conservation covers Farm Trials
- Helping Caribbean Pollinators with Wildlife Habitat Planting
- Drought in the Caribbean Area
Who We Are
Our Caribbean Ecological Sciences staff lead the technology in ecological, cultural resource, and environmental compliance to ensure science-based conservation for NRCS in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
What We Do
Our Ecological Sciences team integrates agricultural, ecological, environmental, fish and wildlife, cultural legacy and energy concerns into all NRCS programs. We consult with our NRCS conservation planners and partners to help farmers and landowners develop appropriate land use, conservation treatment and associated conservation measures. We validate, develop, and implement new technologies to assess conditions in soil, water, air, plant, animal, and energy resources.
The team develops policies and guidelines for NRCS compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations, and executive orders pertaining to ecological sciences disciplines. We provide policy guidance and update the Caribbean Area Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG), which provides all of our Conservation Practice Standards and supporting documents and guidelines.
Ecological Sciences provides guidance, expertise and employee and partner training for erosion prediction and control, nutrient management and comprehensive nutrient management plans, pest management, forestry, fish and wildlife management, highly erodible land and wetland compliance, air quality, invasive species and pollinators, pasture management, water quality, soil quality, historical and cultural resources, organic and urban farming.
We provide leadership for farm management and sustainable agriculture practices, and follow-up or spot-check conservation practices related to crop, pasture, and forest improvements.
Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG)
The electronic Field Office Technical Guide (FOTG) is NRCS's primary scientific reference. It contains technical information about practices to conserve soil, water, air, plant, animal and energy resources. The Caribbean Area FOTG has localized data and information specific to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It contains five sections with information about General Resource References (Section I), Natural & Cultural Resources (Section II), Resource Concerns and Planning Criteria (Section III), Conservation Practice Standards & Specifications (Section IV), and Conservation Effects (Section V).
Arachis pintoi Conservation Covers Farm Trials
NRCS Caribbean and the National Plant Materials Center are conducting Arachis pintoi (perennial peanut) farm trials to evaluate its efficacy as a conservation cover for Puerto Rico's coffee farms.
Conservación en Acción en el Área del Caribe (Conservation at Work)
Conservation practice postcards in both English & Spanish customized to the Caribbean Area, companions to the Conservation at Work video series.
Agroforestry/ Grassland Management Specialist
Natural Resources Specialist