About Us

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BARCA's mission is to restore tropical forests impacted by slash-and-burn agriculture, creating growing conditions where both native species and high-value tropical hardwoods can thrive. Since 1994, these carefully tended forests have helped bring back displaced birds and animals, along with good local jobs. The wood produced as a result is ethical, sustainable, and provides our investors with solid returns.

Using techniques first developed more than 40 years ago in the forests of British Columbia, everything the BARCA team does is designed to maximize the long-term health of the ecosystem under our care. From site preparation to seed selection to the correct timing of pruning, our technicians coax each tree to its full potential. Harvesting is undertaken responsibly, to ensure a steady supply for decades to come.

With operations in Costa Rica, Panama and Nicaragua, many BARCA-managed plantations are certified by the Forest Stewardship Council® FSC®. We also partner with Indigenous communities and respect the rights of local workers, to ensure that our activities are socially sustainable as well as ecologically sound. All of these practices create precious hardwoods of exceptional quality, recognized by discerning buyers worldwide.

Who we are

Brinkman & Associates Reforestation Central America (BARCA) was formed in 1994 to provide quality tropical forest management in Latin America. BARCA is part of the Brinkman Group, which includes companies dedicated to silviculture, urban restoration, climate solutions and Indigenous partnerships. It is this broad-based expertise which informs all of our philosophy and practices at BARCA.

Fred Schutter is Director of BARCA operations and has led the establishment and growth of the company since 1994. Fred has been part of the Brinkman Group since 1978 and, prior to moving to Costa Rica, he managed reforestation projects in British Columbia, Canada.

BARCA was able to attract esteemed Forester Ricardo Lujan from his teaching position at the Instituto Tecnologico de Costa Rica (ITCR) in 1996 to head up the forestry team. He was a professor in Forestry at ITCR and a Principal Research Forester at CATIE. He has a Bachelor of Science in Forestry from ITCR and completed a Master of Science in Forestry/Agroforestry from CATIE. Ricardo is a registered professional forester and surveyor in Costa Rica.

Diego Dipieri is responsible for overseeing field operations and the management of over 400 staff and field workers. He has been part of the Brinkman Group since 1991, having managed reforestation operations in Alberta and British Columbia, Canada before moving to the Central American operations in 2002. He lives in Panama City.

Where we work

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Costa Rica Division

Pilot Projects BIRD Ecoplantions

FSC® certified stands of varied native species and teak, which were established in grasslands, combined with remaining and protected ecosystems, creating extensive habitats and rich biodiversity.

GMO Renewable Resources

BARCA develops and manages plantations in order to produce wood (teak) for the benefit of the investor. See more at www.gmo.com 

Other Consulting Contracts

Since 2001, BARCA advises in FSC® certification for the establishment and management of plantations, genetic improvement, implementation of Chain of Custody Systems and forestry in general. Visit the website of our client Diamond Teak.

FSC® Certification Group Manager 

BARCA Costa Rica is a “Certification Group Manager”, under the code RA-FM/COC-000152, enabling the company to lead group certification in any activity related to the management of forest plantations. See more at www.rainforest-alliance.org.

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Group Members:

Diamond Teak (RA-FM/COC-000152–B)
Pilot Projects BIRD’94, BIRD’96 & BIRD’98 (RA-FM/COC-000152-E)

    

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Panama Division

Some of our valued clients in Panama:

Forests for Friends Panama Inc.

At this time, BARCA manages more than 2500 ha of teak plantations and protection areas located in Chiriqui, Veraguas and Darien, using alternative management systems, with a long-term contract with investors. See more: www.forestsforfriends.com

Forest Finance S.A.


BARCA manages mixed plantations of different ages and has also established new plantations following the same model. These projects belong to a group of European investors, and the plantations are located in Darien and the Pacific region of Panama. See more: www.forestfinance.de

The Tree Partner Company Panama Inc.

With this company, BARCA established commercial plantations in Darien. The contract includes all forestry management activities, from the selection of genetic material to the final harvest. See more: www.tree-partner.com

GMO Renewable Resources

BARCA develops and manages plantations in order to produce certified wood (teak) for the benefit of the investor. See more at www.gmo.com 

FSC® Certification Group Manager

BARCA Panama is a “Certification Group Manager”, under the code RA-FM/COC-004497, enabling the company to lead group certification in any activity related to the management of forest plantations. See more:  www.rainforest-alliance.org

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Group Members:

  • Forests for Friends Panama, Inc. Project (RA-FM/COC-004497-A)
  • The Tree Partner Company Panama Inc. (RA-FM/COC-004497-C)