Posted by Patricia Schneider on Sep 28, 2021
Guest Speaker, Ms. Thrity Vakil, President of Tropic Ventures Research & Education Foundation at Las Casas de la Selva, a 1000-acre Sustainable Forestry & Rainforest Enrichment Project in Southeast Puerto Rico.  It has worked on tree planting, tree-id, selective harvesting, milling, and wood-drying operations for two decades, and has led sixty Earth Watch research teams into the forest, observing, measuring, monitoring, and planting, hundreds of trees.  Our speaker directs endangered species conservation & recovery within the Tropic Ventures Forest & propagates trees.  Thrity, of Iranian heritage and a native of Kenya, Africa, received her higher education in England.  In February of this year, she won an innovation award from Yale University's International Society of Tropical Foresters. Needless to say, her talk generated many participants in the Q&A period.  She was introduced by fellow-Rotarian, James Kennedy.