Sunday, September 27, 2009

Acacia mangium - an investor's miracle tree!

9 Year old Acacia mangium
Acacia mangium is a miracle tree in terms of fast growth. Since investors don't want to tie their money up indefinitely, a 10 year turn around is only sustainable if the tropical hardwood trees being planted produce rapid results. Acacia mangium lives up to that promise. It can go from zero to a 50 cm (20 inch) diameter bole or trunk in just 9 years. Since wood is sold in cubic meters in much of the world, another way of expressing this increase is in cubic meter growth per hectare (2.47 acres). Acacia mangium can add 35 to 50 cubic meters of wood per year per hectare in a good location, such as the plantation managed by Amazonia Reforestation. A 9 year old tree will be 21 meters of 65.5 feet tall. When planted for pulp and paper purposes Acacia mangium is often harvested after just 6 years of growth, a factor popular with that industry.

Beautiful Acacia mangium wood
Equally important to an investor are the potential markets for a hardwood. The obvious primary use for Acacia mangium is wood. This straight trunk tropical tree is a hardwood with an extensive product range, including sawn or hewn building timbers, heavy construction uses, beams, boat building, containers, crates, boxes, industrial and domestic wood ware, tool handles, brushes, turnery, furniture, cabinets, flooring, decking, veneers, wood based materials like particleboard, fibreboard, medium density fibreboard, wood wool or excelsior, pulp and paper, charcoal and firewood. Acacia mangium’s density and fibre length allows the wood to be sawn, polished, drilled, glued and washed.

Field of fast growing Acacia mangium
Besides its timber value, Acacia mangium's fast growing nature is ideal for carbon sequestration programs like the one offered by CO2 Tropical Trees. As we saw from its significant annual cubic meter growth this means that Acacia mangium can sequester an average of 50 lbs or 22.6 kg of CO2 per tree per year. Since more than 50% of the average tropical tree’s woody biomass is carbon, this is an excellent long term storage solution, as the carbon remains trapped in the wood even after harvest for uses like building material and furniture. Industries like oil and gas requiring carbon offsets, regardless of where they are located, can make use of Acacia mangium’s excellent carbon sequestration properties. Atmospheric carbon is a global problem that can find a significant partial solution with tropical trees like Acacia mangium.

19 comments:

  1. Nice post. It's a surprise to know that Acacia mangium is popular outside Southeast Asia. Keep up the good work :)

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  2. Thank you, Melissa. I think it isn't so much a questionj of popularity, but rather what trees work the best in climates with poor soils. Both Acacia and Eucalyptus species find their supporters based on climate and soil conditions in tropical locations.

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  3. Thanks a lot for sharing this great information. This is really very helpful for the people who are remodeling their home/commercial office or want to give a new look for their dream house.
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  5. hi everyone, can you help me to find buyer, i have 60 hektar acacia mangium in mindanao, philippines. this is my email: prince_har17@yahoo.com
    contact No.
    +639077271845
    +639269281817

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    1. Hello we are interested to 60 hectare acacia mangium property that you were saying if it is still available. Also i sent an email to your email address given in your post. We are looking forward to Hear from you. Thank you Very much.

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    2. Guys we have around 85 hec of mangium tree @ 20 yr old..do u have any potential buyer to recommend? We are located at buenavista tandag city surigao del sur...iam currently the chairman of our association.we looking for buyers..pls contact me cp# +639998670106 or message me thru email add rennel_lim@yahoo.com

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  7. Hi Angela, Still interested of buying acacia mangium? We have 2k hectares full grown of acacia and ready to go with complete permits etc... email me if anyone interested. tam.trucking@yahoo.com

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  8. Anyone interested with our 2 heactares of 17 years old acacia mangium.Ready to harvest with complete permits. Please contact us at kenneth.borromeo@gmail.com. location: mindanao, philipines.

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  9. Lovely post. I have not heard of this tree in Kenya.

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  10. I have tree thausand plant of maguim tree about two years old

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    1. Where are they located? Can they be shipped to the United States legally? What condition are they? Use my personal email to respond: jimmiecajun@gmail.com

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  11. I have 8000 of mangiun just 1 years 5 months old.realy grow big fast.

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