Climate change, soil degradation and deforestation are issues that will affect us all. Our investors are putting their money into action to create climate change solutions! World Tree’s programs are based on the fastest growing tree in the world: The Empress Splendor. When you invest in the Empress, you are investing in plantations of eco-timber across North and Central America. You are supporting farmers and protecting our forests, and get to share in any profits from the sale of the lumber. We project long term potential to be high, as the United Nations predicts that demand for timber will double by 2050. Most trees take 20 to 50 years to reach maturity. Empress trees reach hardwood maturity within 10 years and regenerate a new tree after they have been harvested. This means we can keep up with the demand for timber without sacrificing our forests.