Announcing The VCHT Scholarship Program 2022
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The Trust is

SCIENCE

Dedicated to Vieques Since 1985

We foster, protect and conserve the environmental, archaeological and cultural resources of Vieques

The VCHT  Scholarship Program

The VCHT has granted competitive scholarships to nearly sixty Vieques students, just over half of whom have graduated with college degrees. They study such diverse subjects as microbiology, molecular sciences, music, aerospace engineering, civil engineering, education, nursing, veterinary medicine, law and journalism, among others. 

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Bioluminescent Bay

Puerto Mosquito Bioluminescent Bay is considered the brightest and most pristine in the world. Its conservation is part of our mission.

One of the primary goals is to preserve and study the bioluminescent bays found on the island.

 

Since its founding the VCHT has been involved in scientific and technical work that supports its conservation. We assist the Department of Natural and Environmental Resources as co-managers of the reserve, in erosion and sedimentation control, water quality monitoring and dinoflagellate counts.

We need your help to protect this natural resource

Our Partners

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MANGROVE PROJECT

Worker digging soil and planting new trees in mangrove restoration project

Hurricane Maria caused almost total mortality of the mangroves in these areas which give the mouth of the bay its characteristic meandering shape, which in turn, protects the Pyrodinium bahamense bloom from washing out into the sea.

Drs Elvira Cuevas and Ernesto Medina, the scientists who conducted the post-storm assessment of the mangrove forest in Puerto Mosquito and its potential for recovery recommended reforestation to begin as soon as possible in the areas of total mangrove mortality, since it could take between 15 – 30 years for the areas to recuperate naturally.

Help us save the Mangroves

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Community Programs

We work with the community is several ways. Learn more how you can be a part of it.
 

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