Thrity “3t” Vakil, president of Tropic Ventures Education and Research Foundation, located on 1000 acres of spectacular rainforest land in the southern central highlands of Patillas, Puerto Rico. She has worked in this rainforest for over a decade. Along with managing volunteer youth groups and Earthwatch expeditions, she has a hand in every aspect of forestry, including tree and vine identification and research; selection of trees for harvest; logging and sawing operations; and marketing and selling of sustainably grown and harvested wood, wood products, and nonwood forest products. The Project is registered under the Auxiliary Forest Program of Puerto Rico, and is a demonstration project for researchers, students and foresters interested in the sustainable management and preservation of tropical rainforest land.
Born in Kenya, Thrity has always been an avid explorer of nature, and her travels have taken her all over the world. She is also an accomplished painter, web and graphic designer, documentarian, and photographer.