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Plantation grown teak from Java island
Tectona Grandis is an extremely dense
hardwood of the family Verbenaceae. It is indigenous to
India, Burma, Thailand, Indochina and Java. The harvest of teak
does not destroy rain forests -- it cannot even grow in rain
forests. It is a deciduous tree that grows well in the dry,
hilly terrain typical of plantation forests in Southeast Asia.
of the teak that is used to make furniture comes from very large
teak plantations in Java, which were first planted by the Dutch
in the early 1800's. In Java, the government agency Perum
Perhutani is responsible for managing extensive forests and
plantations. They operate a strict policy regulating the number
and size of trees that can be felled, as well as with regard to
the numbers of trees that are replanted to maintain the
productivity of the teak forests for future generations. The
teak plantations produce a high value crop that is a very
valuable source of income in their local area. And the
associated furniture and timber products industry provides
regular local employment to many thousands of people.
Teak can also be taken from forests, which
may or may not be sustainably harvested. Be sure to find out
where the teak comes from when making your selection.