Amazonas Florestal, Ltd. (OTCPK: AZFL), a diversified forest management
company generating profit through innovative, sustainable forest
management, today released a letter from President & CEO Michael Ibar to
Amazonas Florestal is positioned to be an industry leader in Sustainable
Forest Management, generating profit while protecting the biodiversity
of the rain forest ecosystem and enhancing the lives of the people who
live in it.
Sustainability, as a commitment, is the foundation of Amazonas
Florestal's goals and responsibilities. From day one, our strategy has
dictated a balance between consumption and conservation, environment and
economics, profits and people -- this is how we position ourselves as
industry innovators and our business model as the only viable,
responsible way forward.
Simply put, wood is the most consumed raw material on earth. From the
chair I am sitting on to the paper this letter gets printed on, it all
comes from Trees. At the same time, the health and survival of our
forests are, for reasons economic, political, and climatological, of
paramount importance. On the surface these issues seem to be
diametrically opposed to one another, however when you accept as a
principle, the reality and merits of each side of this dilemma, you
realize that they are inherently contingent on each other's success.
This therefore provides an incredible opportunity, if, you can solve the
While wood is one of the most consumed resources on earth, it's also one
of the most renewable resources on earth. When managed properly, a
forest provides timber, but more importantly, it also offers sustainable
Selective and cyclical harvesting provides environmental
sustainability by ensuring that the forest maintains its integrity
permanently in both quantity and quality.
Bio-mass derived from harvests and production waste can be efficiently
turned into a clean energy source and provided to the local
communities that, in many of these remote areas, have no access to a
sustainable energy source. Emissions from this energy generation are
sustainably absorbed by the very forest that creates it.
Timber harvests, wood product production, and clean energy generation
provide economic sustainability and stability through the jobs and
incomes they provide to the local inhabitants and the revenues they
provide to the owners of the forest land. These revenues can then be
used to conserve, quantify, monitor, and avoid the devastating
deforestation occurring in these regions.
In turn, this conservation is monetized through Carbon Credits. The
value and mechanisms within these Carbon Credit programs exist to
further enhance the sustainability of the entire forest ecosystem.
This Enhanced Sustainable Forest Management (ESFM) or, as we like to
call it, from Tree to Trees is illustrated in our graphic.
Amazonas Florestal is a forest management company with land holdings in
the Brazilian Rainforest. The Amazonas vision and mandate was created by
and between me (Michael Ibar) and Ricardo Cortez, both entrepreneurs
based out of Miami, FL, and both with decades of family history and
experience in the South American and overall timber industries. Our
objective was to purchase and manage large tracts of rainforest property
that we had targeted for sustainable harvesting of natural resources and
long-term conservation. We acquired approximately 90,000 continuous
acres (or 141 square miles) of Virgin Primary Rainforest Land located in
the Brazilian State of Amazonas. This tract of land, known as Fazenda
Jatuarana, was purchased from Amazonas, Industria, Comercio e
Exportação de Produtos de Madeira, Ltda ("AICEM") and its principal,
Reny de Oliveira.
Mrs. de Oliveira and her immediate family own controlling interest in
over 300,000 hectares (over 750,000 acres) of rainforest land in the
State of Amazonas, Brazil. Mrs. De Oliveira is the head of a family that
dates back over five decades in ownership. From the beginning,
the family has shown dedication to forest management and to partnership
with the indigenous communities, forest experts, timber producers, and
the governmental and environmental agencies that regulate this rural
The Land and Timber contained within Fazenda Jatuarana was
commercially appraised in 2010 at over $46,000,000.00 by EB da Amazonia,
credentialed through Banco do Brazil. The company also acquired two
approved Sustainable Forest Management Plans for the licensed harvest of
over 14,000 cubic meters of Timber. The company then negotiated
and closed a purchase order for the sale $1,320,000.00 worth of railroad
"Sleepers" (aka Railroad Ties) to a UK railroad supply company. After an
initial on-site quality control inspection, from the UK client, which
demonstrated, our ability to produce the client's product to spec and
within their tolerance limits, we began to fulfill this order for our
customer and generated our first revenues in late 2011. These processes
were critical to the company's development, to work out all the
logistical and production kinks before embarking on the future and
larger scale, harvesting and production of the company's inventories of
In the last two years the Company has achieved the following important
Acquired over 90,000 acres of virgin Brazilian rainforest lands (Fazenda
Had Fazenda Jatuarana legalized, geo-referenced, and appraised.
Purchased two approved Sustainable Forest Management Plans for the
licensed harvesting of over 14,000 cubic meters of Merchantable Timber.
Had these assets booked, verified, and audited, with a value of over
Closed a $1,320,000 purchase order for wood products.
Began production and passed initial on-site quality control inspection
Generated revenues through said production.
Entered the public markets and significantly expanded our shareholder
The most critical milestones for Amazonas Florestal to achieve in the
next 12-18 months are:
Raise sufficient capital to harvest from our own timber inventories.
Procure additional substantial and diverse wood product orders.
With a larger-scale operation, generate over $5,000,000 in revenues.
Develop, submit, and garner approval on an additional four Sustainable
Forest Management Plans on Fazenda Jatuarana for the harvesting
of 80,000 cubic meters two years from now.
Acquire another large tract of Rainforest Land with a minimum size of
Complete a feasibility study for the development of a clean energy
project using Bio- Mass as a fuel feed stock.
Develop a strategic partnership with an industry leader for the
formulation of a large scale R.E.D.D. (Reducing Emissions from
Deforestation and Forest Degradation) project.
In closing, I am tremendously excited about the opportunities that lie
before us. It has been a long road, but we have made fantastic progress
and are poised to grow exponentially. I feel, as does the rest of our
management team, that it is our personal responsibility as stewards of
the forests we own to manage them responsibly, sustainably, and
beneficially to all. I strongly believe that with your continued support
we will be able to do our part to preserve and protect the environment
and enhance the living conditions of many, all while delivering both
monetary and ecological value to our shareholders. I am focused and
inspired by the great people with whom I have the privilege of working
and will work tirelessly to lead this company to great success.
Chief Executive Officer
Forward Looking Statements
This press release contains forward-looking statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.
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Michael Ibar, 855-332-6296