Our Mahogany Tree Farm is located in the uplands of Negros Island, about 45 minutes’ drive outside Kabankalan City in the community of Casoy. (See Philippines Paradise for interesting background information about the country and local area.)
A well-traveled concrete road connects Casoy with Kabankalan City. The farm itself is about a kilometer from the main road, accessible from several directions by a network of farm roads leading to and through the property. The 20-hectare farm is located in a fertile valley among gently rolling hills. The entire perimeter of the farm is fenced. The property is crisscrossed by streams, which flow most of the year.
The farm consists of 4 separate titled properties of approximately 5 hectares each, together forming one rectangular farm of about 20 hectares (or approximately 50 acres.) (1 hectare = 10,000 square meters). The land was resurveyed at the time of purchase in 1994, with lot plans and title deeds updated and in order. The property is free of liens and encumbrances, and ready for immediate sale.
A significant feature of the property is the presence of a year-round spring, sufficient for irrigating the entire farm if necessary. A capture & storage tank has been constructed at the spring, optimizing management of the crystal-clear spring water.
The Tree Farm’s supreme value is the 12,000 swietenia macrophylla mahogany trees that were planted during the mid-1990’s. In addition to the mahogany trees, the farm also contains a small number of other premium furniture wood species (such as acacia mangium and narra – pterocarpus indicus). Over the years, cash crops such as rice, corn, and coffee have been successfully cultivated between the trees and in the farm’s open spaces.
Here are some video clips (from one of my visits a few years ago) of our mahogany “forest.” (Apologies for the video quality – I was just using a Blackberry!)