In 1913, Theodore Roosevelt created what was then the world’s largest man-made lake by damning the Chagres River and flooding an old growth jungle the size of Montreal. 97 years later, CoastEcoTimber was using submersible hydraulic chainsaws lubricated with vegetable oil in order to harvest the perfectly preserved hardwoods from the underwater jungle.
In 2013 CoastEcoTimber embarked on a joint venture with
the Kuna Madugandi Tribe and moved its operations from Lake Gatun to Lake Bayano, where underwater logging is currently underway. In an area that amounts to 15,000 hectares of underwater forest, where rare & large old growth tropical hardwoods are brought to the surface and given a new life.