A recent story by ABC News reports that as many as half of Amazon rainforest tree species may be on the verge of extinction due to deforestation. The study, published in Science Advances, finds that depending on the degree to which deforestation comes under control in the next 35 years, between 36 and 57 percent of the 16,000 tree species in the Amazon rainforest would be considered threatened. The study, which can be read here, goes on to state that some tree species including mahogany are already "commercially extinct."
A good alternative to commercially harvested tropical woods such as Ipe or Mahogany is Reclaimed wood from Anthology Woods. Anthology Woods specializes in tropical species like Teak and Dinizia, and we are constantly on the lookout for other rare or exotic species to help fill the need for durable, beautiful and sustainable wood products.