Tropical tree farms won't show any return for at least 16 yrs. Thats
how long it takes to grow a 'fast' growth tree to harvest. Add the
time it takes to clear and prep an area, and harvest the trees, and
mill and dry the lumber. I'm think of Lyptus as my example.
Investing in any tree farm means you should be aware of the time scale
and judge if you will likely be alive to see any return assuming some
South Ametrican government doen't throw the Gringos out before harvest
I know this post is old, but on the off chance I can save even one person
let me also say that Tropical American Tree Farms is a scam. Even those
who have owned trees with them since the early 1990's have not received
any type of return on their investment, though TATF claims you should
start receiving returns after about 7 years (you can look on their website
to verify that). They have you sign a contract in English...which sounds
good except the company is located in Costa Rica and Costa Rican law says
a contract must be in Spanish to be legally binding (of course TATF does
not mention this). So basically you are giving them your money and
"hoping" they keep up their end of the deal because you will have no legal
standing if they don't. More info from other TATF investors can be found
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