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World Tree

Eco-timber that offsets your carbon footprint

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$8.7M Raised to date - 270 tree farms funded.
EARLY BIRD terms have been met - 0 acres left at lower unit price.
Fast-growing - renewable hardwood lumber in just 10 years.
Largest grower of Empress Splendor trees in North and Latin America with over 5,000 acres planted.
Expert team with 7M+ acres of combined forestry experience.
Extraordinary carbon drawdown - 1 acre of trees planted offsets the carbon footprint of 2 people.
Clear exit with targeted return x4 of your investment in 10 years (results not guaranteed).

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Our Story

World Tree creates regenerative tree farming projects in North and Latin America in partnership with farmers and other landowners. Their programs are designed to create community, provide new revenue streams for farmers, rebuild the soil, help reverse global warming, and protect forests.

At the heart of World Tree’s programs is the Empress Splendor tree (Paulownia elongata & fortunei). The Empress Splendor grows to maturity in just 10 years. It also regenerates from the stump after harvest to provide multiple crops from one planting. Grown in a managed farm setting, this eco-timber provides a reliable alternative to logging old-growth and other natural forests.

Each acre invested (at $3,600) offsets the carbon footprint of 2 North Americans.

Minimum investment is $900.

The world needs more trees.

Trees produce the oxygen we breathe. Trees clean up carbon pollution. Trees provide homes and food for wildlife. Trees restore the soil and protect the land. Trees produce the lumber that we use as part of our everyday lives.

Look around you, right now where you are sitting. How much wood is there in your building, your doors and window frames, your furniture, your floors? Where did that wood come from? How did it get to you? Where will it come from in the future?

Trees are integral to human life and are critical for life on earth. Yet we are losing 49K acres of forest every minute. If we continue to plunder our native forests, we will cause devastating habitat collapse. So, we ask again - where will our future lumber come from?

World Tree has an answer that combines positive ecological impacts with economic gains - the Empress Splendor tree.

The Empress Splendor (Paulownia elongata & fortunei) is an extremely fast-growing hardwood tree. Reaching maturity in around 10 years, the Empress is one of the fastest growing trees in the world.

She’s a natural beauty (non-GMO), a real fighter (fire resistant and grows back after harvest), and a good neighbor (replenishes soil and non-invasive). To top it off, she eats massive amounts of carbon using a super-powerful form of photosynthesis.

Perhaps the most impressive property of the Empress Splendor is its ability to regenerate.

After harvest, the tree regenerates from the stump – without replanting. The strong, healthy root system produces vigorous new growth, which with proper pruning will quickly develop into a new tree.

This ability of the tree to replace itself without replanting makes it a truly sustainable, renewable source of timber for generations to come. The Empress Splendor will regenerate up to 7 times.

This means that in the time it takes a pine tree to grow to maturity (around 30 years), the Empress will have completed up to 3 harvest cycles without replanting!

Empress trees produce a beautiful blonde, straight-grained hardwood. As light as balsa, as strong as pine, and water resistant, it is known as the "aluminum of lumber" due to its high strength-to-weight ratio.

The wood can be used for furniture, window blinds, veneers, musical instruments, surfboards, and more. Architects have begun using Empress in green buildings as a finishing wood due to its high insulating qualities.

The market price for Empress hardwood currently ranges between $3 and $14 per board foot depending on the quality of the wood. One acre of trees can produce 15,000 - 30,000 board feet of lumber. If the lumber sells for $6 per BF that’s $90,000 - $180,000 revenue per acre.

The Empress is a sacred tree of the orient but is relatively unknown in North America. World Tree is out to change that, by introducing this beautiful, durable hardwood to the U.S. market. Leading the charge on this is our lumber expert, Jack Matson, who is creating a pipeline of buyers for the lumber produced by our tree farms.

World Tree has partnered with Kiss the Ground and the Soil Health Academy to provide training in Regenerative farming to all our growers. In 2022, all our US-based farmers will be given the opportunity to participate in Soil Health Academy’s flagship training program: Regen 101.

Our farmers will learn the best practices of how to prepare and manage their land in a way that revitalizes the soil, increases productivity and creates better economical and ecological outcomes for all.

World Tree created the Eco-Tree Program as a vehicle to enable widespread planting of Empress trees. We are uniting farmers and investors inside a single vision - to produce sustainable hardwood for economic gain and environmental benefits.

Every year we bring in a new cohort of farmers and investors. Our investors provide the funding, our farmers grow the trees and World Tree’s team of foresters oversees the entire operation. The goal: big, beautiful Empress trees that guzzle up carbon that can be harvested for lumber.

For every $3,600 invested we plant 1 acre of Empress trees. The trees are planted across dozens of farm locations in the United States, Mexico, Guatemala and Costa Rica.

World Tree is pleased to offer our investors a clear exit upon harvest (8-12 years), with anticipated returns of up to 4x your investment (not guaranteed).

This is how it works:

Any profits from the harvest are shared with our farmers and investors. Farmers receive 50%, Investors 25% and World Tree 25%.

Investors in the 2021 Eco-Tree Program will receive a pro-rata share of any profits generated from our 2021 tree farms.

So, what’s that worth to you?

Returns will depend on the volume and quality of lumber produced. In practice, we expect our farms to produce a mix of low, medium and high-grade lumber. The graph below shows the potential return on a 1-acre investment based on tree survival of 75%, and assuming that half the lumber harvested is medium grade, and the rest is a combination of low and high grade lumber.

Any profits will be distributed when the trees are harvested and sold in 8-12 years.

We’re dealing with Mother Nature and that means crop failure is a significant risk factor. For instance, a farm may fail due to severe weather or because a farmer is unable to care for the trees.

To protect your investment, we plant the trees across dozens of farms many thousands of miles apart. If anything should happen to one stand of trees, this should not have a significant impact on the overall return.

For 2021, we are planting trees in the following 4 regions:

The trees are most vulnerable in the first two years, and we replace trees that get damaged during this time.

Participating farmers are carefully chosen on the basis of their land location and their commitment to the long-term success of the program.

World Tree visits every farmer. We work hand in hand with them every step of the way and do our best to ensure a profitable experience for everyone involved.

We all know it: humans are producing way too much carbon and we are heating up the planet. Global warming is real and we’re already living with the consequences. Drawing that carbon out of the air is critical if we’re really going to reverse the climate crisis.

Trees, like all green things, remove carbon from the air. They literally use it to grow - all the wood you see in living trees and in lumber is stored carbon. In return, trees breathe oxygen into the air. This cycle of photosynthesis is a miracle of nature.

However, when it comes to carbon not all trees are created equal. A recent report by NatureBank found the Empress Splendor to be one of the most efficient trees for carbon removal on the planet.

Big, broad-leafed trees like the Empress absorb way more carbon than evergreen trees like conifers; which don't have leaves. Empress leaves contain special enzymes that give it a photosynthesis boost, which means it eats even more carbon than most trees. This system is what super-charges the growth of the tree.

One acre of Empress trees will absorb about 30 tons of carbon per year. That’s approximately the carbon footprint of a north American couple.

World Tree has attracted over 1,000 investors into our Eco-Tree Program. When we asked them why, many of them pointed to the ecological benefits of the Empress Tree in our farms.

In addition to carbon drawdown, the Empress Splendor has many other ecosystem benefits including:

World Tree is a for-profit-for-good company that is out to revolutionize our approach to forestry. We are doing this on a foundation of strong forestry experience and innovative approaches to our genetics, inventory management and farmer training.

Invest in 1 acre to get a seat in the Soil Advocacy Training provided by Kiss the Ground.

Over the last eight years, Kiss the Ground has been awakening millions of people to the possibilities of regeneration. The momentum and awareness reached new heights with the documentary, Kiss the Ground, which offers a hopeful vision of a regenerative future:

“When I found soil and regeneration, I knew this was the thing I could go all in on. My way of caring for humanity is by loving the Earth.” - Ryland Engelhart, Kiss the Ground

If you want people to know about regeneration, but find yourself lost for words or lacking the skills or grounding in the science - you will find everything you need in this online, community-centric training program offered by Kiss the Ground. The first 100 people to invest in 1 acre or more will gain a seat in this ground-breaking program.

In addition, all our investors for this 2021 Season will be invited to participate in a special private screening of the Kiss the Ground documentary, hosted by World Tree and the Kiss the Ground team.