How Rodrigo Terpins Went From Racing Driver To Helping The Environment

Rodrigo Terpins is best known as being one of the most successful race car drivers in recent Brazilian history, and for a good reason. Mr. Terpins has been exceeding expectations in the racing world for most of his career; he successfully placed eighth overall at the 22nd Sertoes Rally despite many peoples’ misgivings about the cars suspension.

Nevertheless, he was able to finish the first leg of the circuit in two hours; well faster than many expected, especially considering some didn’t expect the car to finish the first leg at all. However, Rodrigo Terpins hasn’t just been focusing on rally driving over the past decade or so. One of the biggest causes that he’s been passionate about battling deforestation and improving the overall environment in Brazil. To that extent, he set up Floresvale in 2009 to provide high-quality lumber from sustainable and renewable forests to sawmills across the country.

Rodrigo Terpins has said that the impetus behind the company was when he saw that the majority of lumber in Brazil was harvested unethically and with little regard for the environment. He also saw that the majority of the wood was uncertified; this meant that it wasn’t coming from renewable or sustainable resources. Because of that, Rodrigo Terpins and a few partners took action with Floresvale. The company is aimed at developing a sustainable timber industry in Brazil and help create long-term jobs and opportunities over the next few years. Across Monteiro Lobato, Queluz, Silveiras, São Luiz do Paraitinga and Taubaté the company manages over 5,000 hectares of forestry.

According to Floresvale this number continues to grow daily. Out of those 5,000 hectares, almost half are set aside for permanent preservation; this includes the likes of legal reserve areas and other areas that may be of significance to the area. With the 2,400 hectares set aside for this, the company is doing an awful lot to mitigate any environmental damage that may occur during the processing of the timber.Floresvale not only plants and develops these forests but prunes and maintains them regularly to ensure that the forests are as healthy as possible.


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