This image shows a Madera International Ltd.forest,
immediately after harvesting.
AS SEEN FROM ABOVE, The density of the forest
is nearly unaffected by the HARVEST.
All of Madera’s wood comes from the tropical dry forests of Bolivia.
The government of Bolivia has established one of the leading forest sustainability programs in the world.
In 1993, following years of unplanned and unregulated foresting and facing the threats of deforestation and ecological ruin, the Bolivian Government, in conjunction with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) launched BOLFOR, the Bolivian Sustainable Forest Management Project. The goals of BOLFOR are to educate the population in forestry management and to protect the country’s biodiversity while maintaining healthy forests, soil and water.
The Autoridad Bosques y Tierra (ABT) is the governmental body in charge of monitoring the extraction and transportation of Bolivian wood. Under the threat of stiff penalties, only trees pre-approved and marked with a unique identifying number by the ABT may be removed from the forests. Trees approved for extraction are recorded by the ABT using GPS coordinates, and each tree is marked by a metal plate, which assists the extraction team in identifying the correct trees and must remain on the tree’s stump once it has been removed. The ABT’s final inspection of a forest ensures that only approved trees have been removed.
Additionally, the ABT monitors the transport of all wood within Bolivia at numerous checkpoints throughout the country. A transport truck must stop at each successive check point, where its inventory must match the documents prepared by the ABT describing the permissable wood, or the truck’s inventory is permanently confiscated.
This ensures that ample growth – 20 years worth – can occur between harvests. The removal of larger trees within a section of the forest allows additional light to enter the forest, assisting in the rapid growth of younger trees. Additionally, seedling trees are selected and are left in the forest to ensure that new growth can continue to occur.