Read below, part of a cover letter from the director of EYE ON THE RAINFOREST in Patillas City, available in their site aneyeontherainforest.org and you be the judge.
3t, born of Zoroastrian parents in Kenya, East Africa, has been an avid explorer of the natural world and her travels have taken her all over Europe, India, Nepal, east and north Africa, and USA. Her painting and digital work have documented her travels. 3t is merely the pronunciation of 'Thrity', her name.
Since 2000, 3t lives in the Puerto Rican rainforest where she is Director of Tropic Ventures Rainforest Enrichment Project in Patillas, Puerto Rico. Her main area of interest is trees and the research and development of sustainable forest management and timber production in secondary forests of Puerto Rico. She is involved in tree planting, identification, selection for harvest, logging, sawing operations and the marketing and selling of sustainably‐grown and harvested valuable hardwood.
I read and I read, reread the biographical information of the mostly foreigners, few natives in charge, not finding relevant/meaningful credentials in pertinent fields: entomology, botany, arboriculture and agronomy.
However I did find lots of words of wisdom, sustainability, good will, ecology, environmental correctness, but one huge black hole no botanical inventory of flora and fauna.
On a phone conversation with one member of this horticultural cult, a USA national, I was reassured that neither him nor his Sun Ra followers colleagues had any.
The strangest thing is that they do not sell plants, but the cultist demonstrated no interest in swapping seeds or plants when I mentioned, all this making the experience more weird if I may.
It is a common trend among sophisticated people working with the landscape, propagating and collecting to exchange plants/seeds/stems unless one is a phony and unaware
Finally, while reading one article in their site with a twenty or so books in the bibliography this one, was missing:
The Once And Future Forest by Leslie Jones Sauer. Please take a note on this. All anyjuan needs to know while dealing with forests, forest restorations and or lumberyard issues is there.
When I mentioned my interest in collecting, like any average Joe six pack, he offered Heliconias. Confirmed he did not have any botanical inventory. How can this be possible?
This adventure started some time ago, when I observed some flowers of plants in their web site I did not recognize, nor have I seen in any reference books. Only a fool would place a photo of an insect, animal, flower, tree without the provision or writing the botanical name just in case of any inquiry. Or remain silent after five emails trying to find out.
Show me the botanical inventory of the flora and fauna!
To Patty Boyko
That is that.
Check their site.
You may learn something.