Plant Tropical Hardwood Trees?
World consumption of tropical hardwoods
has multiplied nearly 25 times in just the last four decades to more than 100 billion
board feet of tropical hardwoods now being consumed each year.
At the same time, the
world's tropical rainforests are being destroyed at the rate of 35 to 50 million acres
each year, and along with them the world's supply of tropical hardwoods.
Steve with five year old teak
As a result, prices of
tropical hardwoods continue to escalate. Cocobolo is now often sold by the pound, and a
single teak log can bring as much as $20,000.
The continually increasing
demand for tropical hardwoods, coupled with the rapidly decreasing availability of the
natural rainforests as a source of supply, make planting and growing selected tropical
hardwood species for harvest a uniquely profitable opportunity.
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