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Saturday, 28 November 2009 01:07

In early November of 2009 I made my sixth trip to Peru, I flew to the city of Tarapoto, and went on into the valley of the Rio Huallaga. (To my amazement the road had been paved, but it was washed out in a couple of places)  In the little town of Pucacaca, a short distance before Picota, I met a wonderful group that calls themselves "Asociacion el Bosque Del Futuro "Ojos De Agua"  My translation of this is, "The Association for the Future of the Eyes of Water Forest.  This website is one thing I can do to help get their wonderful story out where it can be seen.

The group was organized 03.03.03, 0r March 3, 2003. Its members are local farmers who want to save a forest for their children, and future generations. I think the size of the forest is 12,000 acres. They applied to the Federal Government of Peru. Also they were directed by Marco Leon, a friend of mine who was once a Biology instructor at the University of San Martin in Tarapoto, to contact the Embassy of Finland, which agreed sponsor their effort.

They have worked SO HARD, for no pay at all. They have VERY DETAILED GPS information on their forest. The forest itself is on a more-or-less "W" shaped hillside. More details of this will come later.

My interest has been to save some of what is left of the rare biome, the Tropical DRY Forest. There is very little of it left. Tarapoto is in it, as is part of the Rio Huallaga valley. It also is the home of the staghorn fern, Platycerium andinum. It is the largest fern in the Americas. It is an epiphyte, not a parasite, which forms clusters that become rings around large trees, usually Quinilla trees. There is a photo of one on the main page. This fern grows in their forest. One local common name for this fern is the Crown of the Angels, due to its open top.

I have a website,   I'm trying to use what I learned setting up that site to set up this one, but it has been years since I had to do anything in truly getting a Joomla! based site to do what I want it to.

My first goal is to get both English and Spanish sections, and then put articles in groups in both, that say the same thing.  Mr. Ricardo Fernandez, of the Natural History Museum in Lima Peru will help get both sides right


Roy Vail

Mena Arkansas



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