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February 01, 2007

Growing Puerto Rico Chapter Becoming a Force

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Field staffer Camilla Feibelman reports from San Juan that the Puerto Rico Chapter, established only two years ago, now has more than 500 members, "all directly recruited," she says, "by local leaders." Last Saturday, 400 people attended the chapter's third holiday party — 50 people renewed their membership and 100 new members joined.

Growing membership is only part of the story. The local House of Representatives passed a measure last year to protect the Northeast Ecological Corridor, a 3200-acre stretch of coastline threatened with resort development, and the Puerto Rico Conservation Trust pledged $10 million toward purchase of the lands. (Above are four members of the newly elected executive committee.)

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