|Environment and development
in coastal regions and in small islands
EXCURSION TO THE NORTH COAST OF PUERTO RICO BAJURAS, ISABELA
Thursday 24th October, 1996
Purpose of the field trip
To observe en route and during various stops a variety of coastal developments and activities including active sand mining sites, restored and un-restored mining sites, dune restoration efforts, tourism and residential developments.
Field trip leader:
Mrs Andrea Handler Ruiz,
Department of Natural and Environmental Resources,
Active sand mining operation
(Roland Cordero, Cordeco - Arenas del Oeste Tel: 787 872 1425).
North of the road - Wet pit sand mining; site of past dune restoration effort using limestone boulders; future restoration efforts will use discarded wooden pallets.
South of the road - Dry pit backfill mining area.
To the east - Beachfront cabin development
(Mima Hau, Villas Del Mar, Hau, Tel: 787 872 2045).
Evaluation of site location, beach erosion, beach access, security, recreational facilities and overall compatibility with the natural environment.
To the west - View of a depression behind the dune line left by a sand mining operation.
To the north - Eolionite outcropping.
To the east - Dune restoration effort with discarded pine trees; site of future restoration effort with used wooden pallets; site of inland sand extraction.
Visit to an upscale housing development on the coast, Villa
Tel: 787 852 8904