Puerto Rico Resort Raises Funds to Support National Rainforest Rebuild Project

Since its grand re-opening on March 1, Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort has been sponsoring a resort-wide benefit to aid in the restoration and recovery of neighboring El Yunque National Rainforest, which was damaged during Hurricane Maria. As a result of this initiative, a donation in the amount of $16,000 was presented to Mark Shelley, Eastern Region Program Director of the National Forest Foundation (NFF). 

The donation funds will go directly toward the rebuilding of the scenic Angelito Trail that leads to a section of the Río Mameyes, featuring a natural pool, Charco Las Damas. The river is designated as one of three wild and scenic rivers in the forest because of its biological, historic and recreational values.

“Through NFF’s Forest Stewardship Fund and the resort’s commitment to the island’s recovery, the donations from Wyndham Grand Rio Mar guests will be used to replace the Angelito Bridge and Trail, allowing river access to be restored to the community and visitors of Puerto Rico,” said Mark Shelley, Eastern Region Program Director of the National Forest Foundation. “With the support of the U.S. Forest Service, and local partners like Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort, we are addressing restoration challenges in this beloved forest.”

“Our goal of raising $10,000 was exceeded in response to the overwhelming generosity of our guests. We are so appreciative of their continued support of beautiful Puerto Rico.”

Nils Stolzlechner, general manager of Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort.

Photo by Geoff Gallice

El Yunque National Forest

This initiative reaffirms the resort’s strong commitment to the protection of its surrounding ecosystem and the environment. Other environmentally friendly projects include the protection of sea turtle nests and the restoration of wetlands and mangroves on the property that were affected by Hurricane Maria. 

Separately, the resort has been working closely with the El Yunque National Rainforest team to organize volunteer programs for guests. The resort provides a boxed lunch and transportation to and from the site location, offering guests the opportunity to become part of the rainforest’s recovery. Reservations can be made with the resort’s front desk, or by emailing [email protected].

For more information on how you can donate to help the El Yunque National Forest, America’s only National Tropical Rainforest, recover from Hurricane Maria, visit nationalforests.org/give and enter the code “El Yunque” in the “Promotional Code” box on the donation page. 

Learn more about Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort online at WyndhamGrandRioMar.com or call (800) 474-6627.

About Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort:

Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort is nestled on 500 acres along a mile-long section of golden beach adjacent to the El Yunque National Rainforest and the Mameyes River. The lush resort features a 48,000-sq. ft. oceanfront conference center, a 7,000-square-foot casino; two world-class 18-hole golf courses; a 7,000 square foot spa and fitness center; multiple lounges and entertainment venues; international tennis center; water sports center; and two beachfront pools.

About Wyndham Grand:

Wyndham Grand® is an ensemble of distinguished hotels that are approachable by design, representing one-of-a-kind experiences in key destinations with refined accommodation, attentive service and relaxed surroundings. A part of Wyndham Hotel Group, the Wyndham Grand family currently consists of more than 40 locations around the world. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamgrand.com. Most Wyndham Grand® hotels are franchised by Wyndham Hotels and Resorts, LLC or its affiliates. Certain Wyndham Grand hotels are owned or managed by an affiliate of Wyndham Hotel Group, LLC. Wyndham Hotel Group is the world’s largest hotel company based on number of hotels, encompassing more than 8,100 hotels and over 708,500 rooms in 78 countries. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.

National Forest Foundation