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Established in 2008, Whole Forest is actively pulling threatened forests out of the pathway to deforestation by creating a strong economic incentive for forest families to preserve their forests as an economic asset. “We do that by creating many local jobs in forestry, manufacturing and business administration,” he says. Before, local foresters made $3 a day, now they made 10 times that by working with the Whole Forest projects.
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Whole Forest’s head carpenter, Henry Avila, is the person that oversees the construction of our products. As a boy and teenage Henry worked on his family’s land near Cristobal Colon, Ecuador clearing the forest for subsistence agriculture. When Henry was a young adult he moved to the capitol city, Quito, aspiring for a better life. He worked several low paying factory and service jobs. As he tells it, he lived in an icy cinderblock room with his wife and young daughter in the far north of the city. The commute to work was often more than two hours one-way and started at 4:00 am in Quito’s 9,000 feet morning chill.  
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At the recent BuildingEnergy Boston conference we had the opportunity to present our collection of architectural surfaces to sustainable architects, builders, consultants, and material suppliers. This is a new business line for Whole Forest, and we learned a great deal from these conversations.

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