Eco Harvest Wood: From Disaster To Sustainable Success

In 2007 Hurricane Felix tore through Nicaragua, destroying thousands of acres of prime forest. Greg Marsh knew the area well; he had been working with the indigenous Miskitu people since 1999. He set up a business to harvest the red laurel and cocobolo knocked down by the hurricane and export it.

Greg Marsh of Eco Harvest from Lloyd Alter on Vimeo.

Shaky start; I forgot my tripod

They worked with the Rainforest Alliance and Forest Stewardship Council to get FSC certification. It is nice stuff, the kinds of wood I usually keep away from because it is often sourced in rainforests under threat and cut illegally.

I asked how big a supply there was and how long it would last, and was told "twenty-five years."

They have a nursery as well, planting four trees for every one they harvest, replanting areas cleared by the hurricane.

Nice hardwoods from indigenous peoples who are properly paid: that is a wood you can feel good about. Eco Harvest Wood, found at the Green Building Festival.

Tags: Nicaragua


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