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Eco-Tree Program 2020

Where profit meets impact

The Eco-Tree program is offered by World Tree. We are a for-profit-for-good company. We believe that to really make a difference in reversing climate change, it is important to align economic and environmental incentives.

We intend to generate returns for our investors while helping to clean the air, restore the soil and drawdown carbon.

Every year, World Tree brings in a group of investors and plants trees on their behalf with farmers. The farmers provide the land and labor to grow the trees, World Tree provides its management expertise and the investors provide the funding. Every $3,000 invested funds one acre of trees.

Our objectives are:

  • To plant, manage and harvest Empress trees and generate returns through the sale of lumber
  • Restore Earth’s natural ecology and create a legacy for future generations
  • Promote the Empress Splendor tree as a powerful way to impact global warming, regenerate the soil and meet the world’s growing demand for lumber
  • Reduce the carbon footprint of our Investors
  • Provide new opportunities to farmers within the field of agroforestry
Eco-Tree Program 2020

The Empress tree

This year the World Tree is planting up to 3,500 acres of Empress trees for the Eco-Tree Program. The Empress Splendor (Paulownia) is the world’s fastest-growing hardwood tree. Empress trees reach maturity in 8-12 years.

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

The Eco-Tree Program impacts 7 UN Sustainable Development Goals.

One acre of Paulownia (Empress) trees can absorb between 38 and 90 metric tons of carbon dioxide per year.
That is equivalent to the CO2 the average American family of 4 produces in one year.

Eco-Tree Program 2020

Democratizing impact investing

The Eco-Tree program is open to all. You don’t have to be wealthy or be an “accredited investors” to participate. Our community of over 700 investors includes investment funds, environmental activists, millennials, parents, grandparents, teachers, scientists, and companies.

Our 2020 Reg A+ Investment Offering has been vetted and qualified by the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). This is a rigorous and long process designed to protect investors. Our Offering was selected by Vanderbilt Financial Group as part of their Impact Investment portfolio and has passed Due Diligence by FactRight, and is supported by state-of-the-art investment technology.

  • $3,644,065 raised on WeFunder – the most ever raised by a Female Founded Company
  • Reg A+ Offering qualified by the SEC
  • Passed extensive due diligence by our lead placement agent, Vanderbilt Financial Group
  • Legal and compliance performed by CrowdCheck, a specialized legal firm in the USA for Reg A+ Offerings
  • Investors have access to the KoreConx investment portal to monitor their investment
The aluminum of timber

The Empress market

Proven to have the highest strength to weight ratio of any wood in the world, Empress (Paulownia) is known as the ‘aluminum of timber’. A true Eco-timber, it has a number of applications ranging from furniture and musical instruments to veneer and packaging.

Due to its high insulating qualities, architects are increasingly using Empress wood in green buildings as a finishing wood.

  • Blonde timber with a long straight grain
  • One of the highest strength to weight ratios of any wood
  • Can be peeled for veneer at up to 1/32nd of an inch thickness
  • Easy to plane, cut and carve with little splitting or chipping
  • Highly water-resistant
  • Sustainable and beautiful

The market price for Empress hardwood currently ranges between $3 and $14 a board foot depending on the quality of the wood. One acre of trees on a well-managed farm can produce around 30,000 board feet of lumber.

World Tree

Provides the tree stock, know-how and a buyer for the lumber.

25

of profits on harvest

Farmers

Provide the land, labor, care, and maintenance of the trees.

50

of profits on harvest

Investors

Make it possible- every $3,000 funds 1 acre of trees

25

of profits on harvest
Return on investment

Eco-Tree Projected returns

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

Returns will depend on the volume and quality of lumber produced. In practice, we can expect to see variation in our farms, producing a mix of low, medium and high-grade lumber. This graph shows the potential return on a $3,000 investment based on tree survival assuming that half the lumber harvested is medium grade, and the rest is a mix of low and high grade.

We are targeting a 75% survival rate that could produce investor returns of $35,000 or more. These numbers include the anticipated costs of managing the plantations and harvesting the lumber. However, they are only projections and actual results may vary. 

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

Managing the risks

A diversified approach

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. For this reason, we plant the trees across dozens of farms many thousands of miles apart in different countries.

If anything should happen to one stand of trees, it should not have a significant impact on the overall return.

With the Eco-Tree Program, this year we are planting at over 100 unique farm locations in the United States, Costa Rica, Guatemala and Mexico. Investors receive a pro-rata share of profits generated across all regions.

Trees are audited annually with our customized forest survey field software and GIS systems. This allows us to track growth and development down to the individual tree.

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What they're saying

I am a believer in the need to get a handle on climate change to stop the events that are occurring around the world. I have an Aunt that lives in California and came close to the fires that occurred in California. Replacing the trees to restore the landscape is most essential in my book.

Kimberly F. KatzInvestor

I like that the returns are more "real" than most investments that I have seen (i.e. based on a tangible product rather than speculation), and the impact on climate change is a huge bonus.

Sajad ZalzalaInvestor

I believe this will help improve our environment and business for the World tree and investment for me.

Ramesh PatelInvestor

I just love the idea of World Tree - good for the environment, good for the soil, good for the farmer, good for me as an investor, . . .

Brian MorrisInvestor
 

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Disclosure

This above discussion contains forward-looking statements reflecting our current expectations, whose actual outcomes involve risks and uncertainties. Forward looking statements can often be identified by words such as “will,” “can,” “potential,” “intends,” “predicts,” and similar expressions and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the viability, profitability and success of our Empress Splendor tree growing programs. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of future results and are subject to known and unknown risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially and adversely from those expressed or implied in such statements. Actual results and the timing of events may differ materially from those stated in or implied by these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those discussed in the sections titled “Risk Factors” and elsewhere in our Offering Circular.