Over the past several decades, the majority of Brazilian timber that has been bought and sold have been uncertified. This means that the majority of this timber hasn’t been sourced from sustainable or renewable sources. However, Brazilian rally car celebrity Rodrigo Terpins has been trying to change that over the past decade or so. While he’s best known for outperforming the competition on the circuit since 2009 Mr. Terpins has been going the same with Floresvale and the ethical timber industry.
Rodrigo Terpins is probably best known for some of his most recent driving successes. For example, he achieved some amazing results at the 22nd annual Sertões Rally. The Rally is one of the toughest and most arduous circuits in the entire rally racing scene in Brazil. The circuit is set on 2,600km of road in two states and across seven cities. To make matters even worse for Rodrigo Terpins, many people had doubts about his cars suspension alignment; they weren’t should that it would hold up to the tough conditions. Not only did Mr. Terpins finish the race, but he also did it with flying colors; he completed the first leg in less than two hours, which was enough to qualify him for a top ten finish.
By the time the circuit was finished, he had finished third in his category and eighth overall; quite impressive considering to competitive field of almost forty other drivers. But that doesn’t mean that he’s been completely dedicated to driving over the past ten years. With Floresvale he’s managed to create one of the largest sustainable tree farms in the entire country. The company currently manages over 5,000 hectares of forest across Queluz, Silveiras, Monteiro Lobato, São Luiz do Paraitinga and Taubaté; this amount is purported to grow on an almost daily basis.
Rodrigo Terpins has also said that almost half of the forest land they manage is dedicated to preserving the forest; in fact, 2,400 hectares are dedicated to permanent preservation, native woods, and legal reserve areas. Because of that, the company has been able to export an average of 7,000 cubic meters of wood every month.