The short answer? No. The longer answer? Also no. But as with anything in life, the unexpected can happen so there are things you need to know before you buy your first tree. Learn some of the risks, make an informed purchase and be part of tackling climate change with confidence.
All our forests are insured against this eventuality, but even with this said, it's difficult to anticipate and prevent natural hazards, even with a sustainable forestry management plan in place. We'll do our best to see one coming though and to be ready for it, if it does.
There’s currently no tax on capital gains from the money earned when your tree is cut. However, tax regulations can change and even be applied retroactively, so we advise that you consult with a legal and/or financial advisor, should any legal or regulatory changes occur in your country of purchase. We’ll of course let you know if we hear of any!
The price of wood may increase or decrease in the future. But it’s a pretty good picture, if you look at the historical data for wood prices. Since 2004 the average yearly increase in wood prices has been 2%. And also - wood is the material of the future! So we’re totally not anticipating that wood will do anything except remain popular, in demand and good for the environment.
Your tree's value will not grow quickly. Being a tree owner is a long-term commitment. We only cut down trees whose CO2 absorption curve is downward. In most cases, that takes several decades. So when you choose to own trees in our forests, you are in it for the long run.
As with any form of investment, there is a risk of total loss of capital. It is a legal obligation that we specify this. So there you go. We’re specifying it. But actually, our foresters are professionals with many years of experience in the… woods. So your trees are in very good hands.
In the event of general and prolonged price increases, there is a risk of inflation and a loss of purchasing power. However, the price of wood would also increase, along with its expected value at felling.
We saved the really heavy stuff for last... But it's actually not that scary! Because whatever the financial situation of EcoTree, you remain the owner of your tree. And in the absolute worst-case bankruptcy scenario, a liquidator would still be mandated by a judge to preserve all of your rights, including the maintenance and management of our forests. And anyway, we have no intention of going under. We've got too big a mission and too many institutions supporting us with investment to let that happen!