Arcata, CA (PRWEB) November 01, 2013
Although all rosewoods from Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America are imperiled, the kind specifically used for concert-level marimbas--such as those crafted by Marimba One--is called Honduras Rosewood (Dalbergia Stevensonii), grown only in Guatemala, Belize and Southern Mexico.
The Convention on International Treaties in Endangered Species (CITES) has begun monitoring the export of Honduras Rosewood, and the government of Belize even imposed a moratorium on the harvesting of the wood.
Marimba One's founder, Ron Samuels, personally witnessed rosewood being illegally poached from the hills of Central America and hauled out at night on pick-up trucks, tractor-trailers and dump trucks.
For this and other reasons, Samuels concurs with CITES because he believes that natural resources must be managed responsibly to safeguard their future.
To that end, Marimba One works exclusively with small indigenous suppliers to process the wood in Central America, employing people year-round to mill the wood down to bar lengths.
We encourage everyone interested and concerned about Honduras Rosewood--and concert marimbas--to keep abreast of developments by reading about Honduras Rosewood in Central America.