What is Lenga?

Of semi-hard consistency, with a fine and homogeneous texture, Lenga is a light brown wood with shades ranging from pink to tan-yellowish, with light pink being the most valued.
Due to its physical, aesthetic and durability properties, Lenga wood (Nothofagus pumilio) is suitable for the noblest uses that may exist.
A Lenga tree lives more than 300 years and is harvested at 100 years of age. Every year less than the annual possibility of productive forests is extracted, about 600 hs / year.
For a forest to be used, companies must have a sustainable Forest Management Plan, approved by the Government of the province; as required by National Law No. 26,331 of Minimum Budgets for the Conservation of Native Forests. This is based on the environmental and economic sustainability of the logging activity.
The management consists in the marking and extraction of some specimens while others remain standing as soil protection, guarantee for the regeneration and conservation of seed trees.
Once the logs have been cut and removed, the growth of the pre-existing seedlings and the seeds released by the mother trees, future specimens with timber potential begin.
In December 2016, the Government of the Province launched the first Industrial Forestry Development Plan, with the main objective of improving the competitiveness of the sector, promoting local added value and sustainable forest management.
We believe that this is the moment for the Argentine continental market to rediscover this wonderful product, meanwhile we continue working with seriousness, knowledge, technology and innovation.

Project features

The purpose of this project is the reactivation of the sawmill of Estancia María Luisa, a company belonging to the APEX Group.
Among its general objectives, it stands out: the integral use, recovery and conservation of the forest resource, through optimization, in the use and rational management of the forest.
At the same time, the added value of primary resources will be increased through the use of advanced technology, favoring the formation and development of technical and human resources.
Finally, contribute to the definitive population settlement, in an area of ​​low population 
> Offer a productive solution for the complete execution of silvicultural treatments in forest management.
> Favor the location of all wood material with industrial aptitude that today can not be exploited by the installed technology.
> Produce basic wood elements for the second transformation industry.

Estancia María Luisa

The field is located in the Province of Tierra del Fuego, between the departments of Río Grande and Ushuaia, 81 km east of National Route 3, 127 km from Tolhuin, 153 km. from Rio Grande, 227 km. of Ushuaia, with a total area of ​​19,581 hectares.
The silvicultural goal of Estancia Maria Luisa is a forest to Monte Alto Regular through protection dinners. This objective has a biological justification based on the natural dynamics of this type of forests, while at the same time being compatible with the economic justification of the activity. The area with timber potential in the establishment is approximately 8400 total hectares.
For its exploitation a rethinking and planning for future management is being carried out. The product has obtained from the establishment are logs without bark. According to the forestry potential, it is estimated a production of a volume of beams without crust of the order of 130 m3 / ha in a surface of 8000 has, with a projection to 16 years, which implies an annual cut of 615 has.
To carry out this harvest plan, the following steps must be followed:
1.- Presentation to the Forestry Department of the reformulation of the Management Plan.
2.- Start the turning and tracing of the authorized areas and independently start the marking of the remaining one.
3.- The layout of the accesses must be done in the appropriate way, in such a way that there is a constant and uninterrupted flow of the raw material.
4.- Transport of rolls to the plant.
Peat is a compact organic material, generated by the incomplete decomposition of vegetable debris lacking air, in a medium highly saturated with water. Remnants of mosses, grasses, sometimes mixed with woody fragments and humus particles, complete their composition. It is usually dark brown and rich in carbon.
The basic industrial process carried out consists of peat extraction, water extraction, humidity control, grinding, shaking, bagging, compaction and closure of the container. The production is commercialized in pockets of approximately 40 Kg of weight. The destination of the product is national, with 85% destined to the province of Buenos Aires.
In the Maria Luisa establishment, an estimated 50% of its surface is occupied by peat bogs. The “Turbera María Luisa” project aims to form a company dedicated to the production and supply of Argentine peat for the local market. We have set as strategic objectives to produce quality peat, provide security and predictability in purchase orders, standardize extraction methods and ensure a basic input for their production.
Corresponds to the courses, banks and areas of influence of the main rivers that cross the establishment (Irigoyen and its affluent Udeata, Malagueña and Noguera), with permanent water coming from the melting of the Fuegian mountain range and the mountain ranges that generate numerous tributaries. In them proliferate salmonid species that adapt these courses for sport fishing. An approximate total extension of 37 km is estimated, composed of 16 km of the Irigoyen River, 14 km of the Malagueña River, 3.7 km of the Udeata River, and 3.3 km of the Noguera River. They occupy 1.5% of the establishment.
For what has been described, the Estancia María Luisa is a field of multiple use in all its surface, with a productive potential well defined by its environments, where 43% suitable for extraction of wood has sawed, 52% of reserve of peat of different antiquity. 2% is suitable for cattle exploitation in cattle and sheep breeding. The area of ​​influence of the rivers is suitable for sportive fishing of salmonids and the field as a whole, both the coastal sector and the valleys and mountain ranges, form a natural framework of varied and exceptional beauty, housing various native species of birds , insects and guanacos, making it suitable for ecological tourism.


Office in Río Grande, TDF:
9 de Julio 745 – Río Grande
Prov. Tierra del Fuego
V9420BHG – Argentina
(+54) 2964 432513
Office in Buenos Aires:
Av. Roque Saenz Peña 852 · 8 B
Ciudad de Buenos Aires
C1035AAQ – Argentina
(+54) 11 4322 0440 / 0880