On Sept 20th, the Category 4 storm damaged 1.2 billion trees and snapped hundreds of thousands of corals off reefs around Puerto Rico. Now that Puerto Rico is slowly regaining its footing after the storm and initial funding has been secured, conservationists are fanning out across the island and into its waters to repair and restore what’s left of the island’s flora. Despite the widespread destruction, a lack of funding and pressing human needs kept pushing back long-term plans to replant trees and rebuild corals. A small group of Puerto Rican and international conservationists are working on rebuilding natural wonders destroyed by the strongest storm to hit the island in nearly a century.
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