A legend in his own mind, Don Rick is regarded as either a spirit entrusted psychic or a spittle encrusted sidekick. Born butt first at a young age, Alerce Rick Dikulus was raised by the WigWam Indians of Minnesota.
He went to California in the Sixties, missing the gold rush by more than a century. Lacking brains and luck he failed at everything. Then he came upon the last redwood! He traded his life for environmental work, believing that’s where the money is!
Spurred on by news that in Chile there grew vast uncharted stretches of cathedral trees, he walked the length of the western hemisphere, except for those countries he flew over, in search of the redwood of the Andes which, owing to a short attention span, he never found. Later, in 1973, Alerce Rick became Chile’s first, and last, foreign park ranger in Galletue Park at the headwaters of the Bio Bio.
Representing Ancient Forest International he seeks funding for native forest projects in Chile. His proudest accomplishment is having stayed out of the way while those with a work ethic created and managed Hostería ¡école!, conceived as an educational tool aimed at inspiring humans while guilt tripping corporations.
Nowadays he stays put. He is the model for Alerce Rick’s Adventure Wear: "For those who are going where no one will see them."