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.
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.