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Maderas Nobles de la Sierra de Segura
Investing in the future
Tens of thousands of walnut trees planted, 3,500 clients and many new plantations makes Maderas Nobles… a major player in the organized production of productive forests. These forests producing high value timber offer an ethical, ecological and profitable investment opportunity for investors in Maderas Nobles.
"A hundred years ago the economy grew around industry, transport, mass production… Now it can only do so by recovering raw materials and helping nature to create them. If there is a future there will be a tree there". Juan Valero Valdelvira, administrator of Maderas Nobles.
Maderas Nobles’ timber trees are an attractive option for those who want to get a good financial return whilst helping environmental regeneration, revitalization of rural areas and the reduction of the logging industry’s impact on endangered forests. The walnut trees are sold in investment lots of ten. Maderas Nobles takes total responsibility for the care of their plantations (in Alcaraz, Albacete), for the entire 20 year growing cycle and for the felling, uprooting and sale of the timber in the name of the owner -all you have to do is invest. The plantations use modern techniques whilst respecting the environment and the trees are grown in carefully controlled conditions order to guarantee the safety of your investment. After compulsory deep digging and dowsing to avoid geopathic stress, the walnut trees are planted in groups of five with one in the middle of each circle following permaculture principles. Irrigation, organic treatments and fertilizers as well as quality pruning help ensure the production of up to 1.5m³ of timber per tree. As well as the important financial benefit for clients, the sustainable plantations of Maderas Nobles absorb CO2, generate new tree mass, provide oxygen, mulched and fertile soil, as well as rural employment. They provide a renewable, sustainable raw material to an ever increasing market that is at risk of exhausting existing forests.
More for the environment
Maderas Nobles also has a commitment to other projects. Some of their activities include organising the Forestry Observatory (in BioCultura eco fair in Madrid and Barcelona), publishing books on trees and the environment and offering courses in permaculture, gray and black water treatment, fair-trade, and use of wild resources. The campaign ‘Responsarbolidad’, Trees for a Good Climate, offers individuals, groups, companies and organizations a way of calculating their ecological imprint in terms of trees (the emissions and consumption of forest products arising from their activities) and how to compensate it by planting trees in land belonging to Maderas Nobles. Following Jordi Bigues’ essay "Responsarbolidad, a practical Guide to prevent Climate Change and the Environmental and Tree crisis", Maderas Nobles will carry out eco audits, advising on how to reduce the resulting forestry ecological imprint and planting and caring for the trees to compensate it.
First Gathering of International Friends of Trees
The most far-reaching project Maderas Nobles is currently working on is the organization of the ‘First International Gathering of Friends of the Tree’, with the intention of bringing together the most prominent environmental organizations and leading big names in the fight against climate change and for the necessary and urgent reforestation of the planet. The main goal is to gather the nexessary resources to start the massive plantation of trees in the south east of Spain, as a barrier against the advance of desertification.
What people say about Maderas Nobles
José Santamarta, director of World Watch: "Spain is a country which imports more than half the timber it consumes. As long as the plantations are made in the appropriate areas, that the indigenous forest is not substituted with a large biodiversity, but that it happens in an abandoned agricultural area, then it’s good. We have to try to be self sufficient and to achieve that self sufficiency in the most sustainable environmental way".
Miguel Ángel Soto, responsible for Forests at Greenpeace: "To think long term on timber needs a good strategy; to think in other ways of production, of saving our resources… And if that generates a market profit and it translates into a phenomenon of a cleaner and more transparent investment than other speculative investments, then it’s very good".
José Vicente Oliver, Timber Technological Institute of Valencia: "The demand is there and the industry approves of these iniciatives. The walnut tree is the species which has been most planted in this type of private iniciative, but it would be important to have diversity in other species, like ash, oak, beech, cherry, maple…"