Over the past two decades or so, Rodrigo Terpins has been well known as one of the best rally car drivers across Brazil. The respect he’s garnered in the industry shouldn’t be surprising, given some of his accomplishments. One of the most recent of these was at the 22nd annual Sertões Rally in 2018. The Sertões Rally has always been well known as one of the toughest circuits across Brazil. All told, the circuit spans 2,600km and encompasses seven cities across two different states.
This distance also includes a variety of different terrains; each of these is difficult in themselves, nevermind when they’re taken one right after the other. Furthermore, many people had misgivings about Rodrigo Terpins car; they questioned the cars suspension alignment and whether or not it would make the distance. Not only did it do so, but Mr. Terpins managed to complete the first leg of the race in less than two hours. He ended up finishing in third place in his division and qualified as eighth overall.
This was quite impressive considering that there were close to forty competitors in the Sertões Rally in the first place.Now, however, Rodrigo Terpins has also been focused on more environmentally friendly areas over the past decade or so. In 2009 he founded Floresvale to produce more timber that comes from certified sustainable and renewable forests. This was because Mr. Terpins realized that very little of Brazil’s forests were being harvested sustainably in the first place; this led to Mr. Terpins and his partners creating over 5,000 hectares of eucalyptus forests across a large area.
On top of this, Rodrigo Terpins has ensured that almost half of these forests are preserved. Currently, 2,400 hectares are dedicated to permanent preservation. As Floresvale continues to grow, it looks like so will this permanent forest reserve. The company manages these forests across a few different cities, most notably Queluz, Silveiras, Monteiro Lobato, São Luiz do Paraitinga and Taubaté.
The vast majority of the wood that’s produced by Floresvale goes to the sawmills in the Paraíba Valley, which provides the majority of timber used in the likes of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.