Our Reforestation Program
The reforesting and manufacturing operations of Reforest Teak are located in Surubres de Parrita, Puntarenas Province, on
the central Pacific coast between Carara and Manuel Antonio National Parks.
The first eroded cattle pastures to become part of our reforestation
efforts were purchased in 1992. Planting began with more than 70 varieties
of trees, including a number of endangered native species such as mahogany,
purpleheart, and cocobolo rosewood. Our selection included the best species,
seed sources and genetics available.
Teak, (tectona grandis), also proved to be a suitable tree for
our reforestation efforts and was thriving on several older plantations
in the area. Because teak has the largest leaf of any tree in the world,
and can concentrate rainfall, planting this variety on hillsides can cause
significant erosion. Our teak trees, however, were, and continue to be
planted, only in areas where they thrive without damaging the surrounding
ecosystem. We prune and thin our trees with scientific efficiency to ensure
straight, stable, and color matched selection, guaranteeing the highest
quality of teak in the world. This is the wood that goes into making our
Reforest Teak line of superior furniture and accessories for home and
At the core of our efforts is a commitment to the most restorative forestry
practices based on innovative and forward thinking strategies for ecological
reforestation. At the same time, we will carry on our fifteen year heritage
of supporting meaningful social and economic benefits within the local
The restorative forestry practices of Reforest Teak take into consideration
the retention of ecological integrity and interdependent biodiversity
of the regions where we work. Our plantations have been
awarded certification for sustainable forest management practices through our reforestation partner Diamond Teak.
currently employ one hundred people fulltime. We provide above market
wages, social security benefits and a pension plan that is unique to the
area and designed with special consideration to women’s benefits.
Our efforts, we believe, are helping to raise awareness locally about
the rewards of well managed reforestation. And our vision is for local
inhabitants to move forward with a continuing sense of stewardship for
their woodlands, and enjoy the environmental and economic rewards of conservation
that can improve the quality of life for their families and community.
welcome visitors! We hope you’ll join us for a living and learning
adventure, tour an extraordinary rainforest, and get to know our operations
and our community in Costa Rica. We look forward to showing you around!