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Ipe Is Dead
Ipe Is Dead

Even though there seems to be an abundance in the market right now, the observations are clear from foresters, scientists, and suppliers…….

WE HAVE LOVED IPE TO DEATH!

No longer does it come in long, beautiful, defect- free lengths, but what is being sold now is much shorter, defect -ridden pieces.

The reason? Forestry companies in South America are extracting juvenile Ipe trees, all that is left of a once grand species. You hear it from retailers and contractors and home builders…..

It isn't the same Ipe!

From plane spotting for large majestic individual trees to outright illegal logging, the “mother trees” are vanishing at an astounding rate. Like Genuine Mahogany and Spanish Cedar before it, there is even talk in some official circles of placing the species on Appendix II of the UN Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Photograph of Ipe

Photograph of Ipe

“Looking for Ipe is like following a trail of stumps.” (1)

- Marco Lentini, The Technical Manager of IFT
ISTITUTO FLORESTA TROPICAL (IFT), BELEM, BRAZIL

That is why at WalkGreen™ we do not promote Ipe. There has been too much pressure on this species for many, many years and there are abundant lesser known FSC® Certified species available at 30-45% lower cost that do a credible or equal job to Ipe. Decking and siding products from Garapa, Cumaru, Tigerwood, and Angelyn are readily available and have excellent installation track records.

Give Ipe a break and let it recover from our loving embrace

Don’t believe the hype that Ipe is the only product that can satisfy your job requirements.

Sources

• (1) A TRAIL OF STUMPS (Landscape Architecture Magazine)
http://landscapearchitecturemagazine.org

• 2) THE AMAZONS SILENT CRISIS (Greenpeace)
http://www.greenpeace.org/

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