Livinginbrazil is working together with Reforestar in our tree planting project, the purchase of land and the planting of hardwood trees named GUANANDI in the interior of Santa Catarina .

Starting at one hectares (2.47 acres )

A very good long time investment, children, grandchildren and your retirement.

You can participate by buying a minimum of one hectare of land, and investing in the planting of 1000 seedlings.

One hectare of fertile tree planting land in the interior of Santa Catarina is approximately 15000 us dollars.

The price depends a lot on the location and the amount of hectares one buys.

The cost of the seedlings including planting are 3000 us dollars.

On one hectare of land we plant 1000 seedlings, in 5 and 10 years there will be a in between cutting of smaller trees, they will be sold on the local market .

After 15 to 18 years we are left with approximately 400 fully grown trees.

One fully grown GUANANDI tree gives one cubic meter(35.31 cubic foot) of hard wood

In 2005 the sales price of one cubic meter (35.31 cubic foot) of GUANANDI is 800 us dollars.

We have chooses to plant GUANANDI because it is a good quality local hardwood tree and it grows well in the semi tropical climate of Santa Catarina.

You will own the land and the trees, free and clear, and you can manage your part of the plantation yourself or for a yearly fee Livinginbrazil will manage it for you.

According to Brazilian law even if you are not a permanent resident of brazil, after getting a CPF (Brazilian tax ID number) at the local Banco do Brasil, which is available to any tourist in Brazil, it enables him or her to buy and own trees, homes and land ,free and clear.

You can build a home on the hectare(s) you buy among the trees, if you want, and Livinginbrazil will help you build it or find a reliable contractor in the area.

The difference with other similar project is that with us you own the trees and the land, and the home you build, other project will give you the price of the trees when they are sold in 18 years and you have no say in what happens in the mean time.

With us you can do what you want with the land leave it to anyone in your will or decide to let it grow forever.

Please contact us for more information.

Gerardus maria hulst .

phone 55-48-32328126







Here is some technical information about the Guanandi tree.

Calophyllum brasiliense Santa Maria Jacareuba Family: Guttiferae

Other Common Names: Barí, Leche de Mariá (Mexico), Calaba (Panama), Aceite maria (Colombia), Edaballi, Kurahara (Guayana), Balsamaría (Bolivia), Guanandi, Jacareuba (Brazil).

Distribution: Grows throughout the West Indies and from Mexico southward through Central America and into northern South America. It is found on all types of soils-from wet, humid to very dry sites.

The Tree. When conditions are favorable, the tree attains a height of 100 to 150 ft with a long straight clear bole 3 to 6 ft in diameter; unbuttressed.

The Wood. General Characteristics: Heartwood varies in color from pink or yellowish pink to brick red or rich reddish brown; sapwood 1 to 2 in. wide, lighter in color and not always clearly differentiated from heartwood. Texture medium and fairly uniform; grain generally interlocked; luster rather low to medium; odor and taste not distinctive.

Weight: Basic specific gravity (ovendry weight/green volume) 0.51; air-dry density 39 pcf.

Mechanical Properties: (First set of values based on 2-in. standard, second set of values based on 2-cm standard.)

Moisture content      Bending strength      Modulus of elasticity      Maximum crushing strength
                                      Psi                                1,000 psi                            Psi

Green (75)                 10,490                          1,590                                  4,560
12%                             14,640                          1,830                                  6,910

Green (22)                 11,100                          1,470                                  5,490
12%                             15,700                          1,710                                  8,730

Janka side hardness 890 lb for green wood and 1,150 lb for dry. Forest Products Laboratory toughness average for green and dry material is 180 in.-lb (5/8-in. specimen).

Drying and Shrinkage: The wood is moderately difficult to air-season, drying rate varies considerably, warp is moderate to severe, surface checking is slight. Kiln schedule T2-D4 is suggested for 4/4 stock and T2-D3 for 8/4. Shrinkage from green to ovendry:
radial 4.6%; tangential 8.0%; volumetric 13.6%. Movement in service is rated as medium.

Working Properties: The wood is fairly easy to work and generally yields smooth surfaces on straight-grained material .

Durability: The heartwood is generally rated as durable to moderately durable

Preservation: Heartwood is very resistant to impregnation by nonpressure and pressure systems. Sapwood has good permeability
if incised.

Uses: Widely used in the tropics for general construction, flooring, furniture, boat construction; a favored general utility timber.