Resource Details

IDB Forestal, S.A.

Project: Project - Business or Private

Contact Info

Vernon Scholey:

Species Info

About 25 tree species were used of which all are native to Panama and about 20 are native to the region.  There is a mix of about 35% valuable tropical hardwoods,  35% trees for lumber, and 30% trees that serve as animal habitat and food sources.

  • Anacardium exelsum
  • Astronium graveolens
  • Calycophylum candidissimum
  • Cedrela odorata
  • Pachira quinata
  • Schizolobium parahyba
  • Cordia alliadora
  • Chysophyllum caimito
  • Enterolobium cyclocarpum
  • Muntingia calabura
  • Ormosia macrocalix
  • Peltogyne purpurea
  • Columbrina glandulosa
  • Dalbergia retusa
  • Diphysa robinoides
  • Glircidia sepium
  • Hura crepitan
  • Hyeronima alchornoides
  • Inga punctata
  • Manikara zapota
  • Platymisium pinatun
  • Samanea saman (Albizia saman)
  • Spondias mombin
  • Swietenia macrophylla
  • Tabebuia guayacan
  • Tabebuia rosea
  • Anacardium occidentalis


  • The IDB Forestal reforestation project is located on 57 ha of land in the Azuero Peninsula of Panama that is to the north of Achotines Laboratory and Achotines Forest, located between El Ciruelo and Playa Venao on the main road in the Corregimiento de Oria, Distrito de Pedasi.
  • The project is privately owned by Karey Scholey, Neal Scholey, and Vernon Scholey 
  • The mission of the project was to restore forest to a degraded landscape on 57 ha of former cattle pasture by planting over 25 species of native trees at high and medium densities. 
  • Also the project land is meant to serve as a buffer zone for the protected Achotines Forest.
  • Land purchases began in 2003 and reforestation began on 5 hectares in 2005.
  • The original trees and reforestation efforts were supplied by Proyecto de Reforestación con Especies Nativas (PRORENA, Native Species Reforestation Project) and since 2007, a consulting forester has managed the maintenance and plantings.
  • Since 2005, 29,000 native trees have been planted on 31 hectares.
  • Future plans include the continuation of reforestation efforts until 75-85% of the 57 ha is planted.
  • The remaining land is mostly in riparian areas and will be allowed to regenerate naturally.

Geographical Region

  • Southern Central America
  • Country

  • Panama
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    Yale School of Forestry & Environmental Studies Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute