20 Year Anniversary
20 years ago we
founded Tropical American Tree Farms.
After completing more than a
decade of research during the 1980’s on tropical hardwood tree farming,
we founded Tropical American Tree Farms in 1991. In the last week
of July of that year we contracted with a private nursery to produce the
first 10,000 teak seedlings for our first Tropical American Tree Farms
Now, 20 wonderful years and
millions of planted tropical hardwood trees after that modest beginning,
we are excited to be celebrating our 20th Anniversary.
A Near Perfect Asset
We often receive warm
comments from tree owners very thankful that they own tropical hardwood trees.
Unlike other investments, you
can enjoy the peace of mind knowing that your trees continue to grow and
produce, irrespective of the stock market news.
Bloomberg Wealth Manager
writes that investing in trees grown for harvest, for profit is ". . . a
source of almost assured growth in tumultuous times."
Smart Money Magazine
writes that " . . . real prices for timber have steadily risen for more
than 100 years - better performance than any other commodity . . ."
Smart Money also says
that ". . . timber is a near perfect asset."
You may enjoy reading
Investing in Tropical
excerpting more observations by top investment professionals in The
Smart Money Magazine, MoneyWeek, and the
Bloomberg Wealth Manager about investing in timber being grown for
Costa Rica No. 1 in World in Citizen Happiness
A very kind tree owner has sent us an article reporting that a
the 143 countries that are home to 99% of the world's
population found that
"is the happiest place on
earth, and one of the most environmentally friendly."
"Costa Ricans have a life expectancy of 78.5 years, and 85 percent of
the country's residents say they are happy and satisfied with their
It is a pleasure doing business
Tropical American Hardwoods
We are very pleased to announce
that now that our farms are producing substantial quantities of more mature
tropical hardwoods that are of a quality that can go directly into the international
market, we have established a sister company, Tropical American Hardwoods,
to market our tropical hardwood lumber directly into the international wholesale
As a small part of that marketing
endeavor, Tropical American Hardwoods has created two new tropical hardwood
wholesale marketing websites, one of which, EcoHardwoods, is to appeal
directly to the environmentally conscious market segment.
We anticipate that eventually Tropical
American Hardwoods will market hardwoods produced by other tropical hardwood
plantations as well.
The two websites are
Tropical American Hardwoods,
Below are photos of teak from 13-14
year thinnings being prepared to ship.
teak lumber from 13-14 year thinnings
being prepared to ship
An example of Raleo's work, all
crafted from our Tropical American Tree Farms tropical hardwood trees,
received mention in the
September 2007 issue of
Boat International USA.
Boat International writes that
“One of the most eye catching elements on board is the spiral central stairway
that connects the three decks” and acknowledges that the Pillow wall of
the three storey stair barrel is by Raleo.
Raleo teak Pillow panels of Lady Michelle spiral stair barrel
Looking down three decks showing Raleo teak Pillow panels
Raleo was also commissioned to
craft the panels and doors of the Sky Lounge in this magnificent yacht.
Lady Michele Sky Lounge with gmelina panels and doors by Raleo
You may enjoy the whole article
Young tropical hardwoods from our
farms are truly beautiful.
The best published independent
authority we have found for international large-scale wholesale tropical
lumber prices is the ITTO, or International Tropical Timber Organization,
which publishes frequent Tropical Timber Market Reports with, in
their words, “the aim of improving transparency in the international tropical
The February 15, 2008 ITTO
Tropical Timber Market Report, their most recent report that includes the
US imported sawnwood prices, shows that the average US Imported Sawnwood
Prices for rough sawn teak lumber is $2,125 per cubic meter, or $5.01 per
In the same Market Report, the
price reported for first quality teak lumber in the U.K. market is $4,160
to $4,804 per cubic meter, or $9.81 to $11.33 per board foot.
Clearly our trees are still young
and their lumber is not yet at its prime, and not every log will yield first
quality lumber, but it is exciting that the actual prices independently
reported for adult teak are significantly higher than the conservative $3.11
per board foot price for adult teak in our
Note: To calculate the per board foot price,
divide the cubic meter prices by 424, the number of board feet in a cubic
We thank you very much for your
interest in Tropical American Tree Farms™.
- Why Plant Tropical Hardwood Trees?