I encourage guest bloggers offering topical content on issues that concern my readers. I have received this guest post written by an anonymous source who lives in the vicinity of some of the many teak farms owned by Tropical American Tree Farms. I have received more e-mails and comments from TATF investors than on any other post on this blog. This anonymous writer is telling the story of a sibling in Costa Rica who has witnessed the destruction of Tropical American Tree Farms. For the many of you who write to me on how to tell your IRA administrator that your investment in TATF is a total loss, perhaps this blog post may help.
"My sister lives in Costa Rica and for the last 3 years has been trying to protect the trees and land , of several farms of TATF. In her efforts to stop the illegal invasión and stealing of the land and trees she was viciously assaulted, as a retaliation for seeking legal means through MINAE ( ministry of Environment), to prevent the environmental damages and unlawful activity.
Cear-cutting of part of the teak farm
Squatter home built from TATF timber
"She does not or did not, know the Brunners and cannot speculate if TATF was a fraud. The Brunners certainly did benefit from the money of the investors over the many years. But to her knowledge, the Brunners never received any money from the harvesting of the teak wood.
The majority of the teak has been harvested- but not by the Brunners.
The government of Costa Rica has turned a completely blind eye to the illegal invasión and stealing of this wood and land - bought and paid for by foreign investors dollars. Many of the locals, who worked and benefited for years from TATF money are the same ones now stealing the trees and the land. Please be assured that these are not needy people.
Sadly the locals are also invading the primary forests and destroying land the Brunners had left in conservation.
This is in complete violation of environmental laws in Costa Rica."