Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort Raises $16,000 to Support National Rainforest Rebuild Project

June 4th, 2018


Puerto Rico Resort Exceeds Forest Stewardship Fund Donation Goal

RIO GRANDE, Puerto Rico (June 4, 2018) – Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort presented a donation of $16,000 to the National Forest Foundation (NFF), raised by resort guests in an effort to aid in the restoration and recovery of neighboring El Yunque National Rainforest, which was damaged during Hurricane Maria. The fundraising program, which began at the resort’s re-opening on March 1, far exceeded its goal of $10,000 thanks to the generosity of the resort community.

The donated funds, which were presented to NFF’s Eastern Region Program Director Mark Shelley, will go directly toward the rebuilding of the scenic Angelito Bridge and Trail that leads to a section of the Río Mameyes, featuring 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 resort 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.”

“In the months leading up to our exciting March 1 re-opening, we knew that a big part of the island’s recovery would be in providing aid to our neighbors,” said Nils Stolzlechner, general manager of Wyndham Grand Rio Mar Puerto Rico Golf & Beach Resort. “I am so proud of my team and the contributions achieved, and look forward to having our guests experience the progress made in the beautiful El Yunque.”

This initiative reaffirms the resort’s strong commitment to the protection of its surrounding ecosystem and the environment. The resort has been working closely with the El Yunque National Rainforest team to organize volunteer programs for interested guests, providing a boxed lunch along with 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 yunquevolunteers@gmail.com.

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 www.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 approximately 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 nearly 8,400 hotels and approximately 723,000 rooms in 82 countries. Additional information is available at www.wyndhamworldwide.com. For more information about hotel franchising opportunities visit www.whgdevelopment.com.

About the National Forest Foundation: The National Forest Foundation (NFF) promotes the enhancement and public enjoyment of the 193 million-acre National Forest System. By directly engaging Americans and leveraging private and public funding, the NFF improves forest health and Americans' outdoor experiences. The NFF's programs inform millions of Americans about the importance of these treasured landscapes. Each year, the NFF restores fish and wildlife habitat, plants trees in areas affected by fires, insects and disease, improves recreational opportunities, and enables communities to steward their National Forests and Grasslands. Learn more at www.nationalforests.org.