In the 1970ies the northern region of Minas Gerais was taken over by companies planting monoculture eucalyptus plantations for charcoal, the energy source used in the production of iron and steel in the scores of metal works located in the State. The invasion of eucalyptus trees was devastating. The companies managed to plant over one million hectares of eucalyptus, forming one of the world’s largest continuous tract of plantations of this monoculture. Two of these companies are Florestaminas and Replasa that took the lands of respectively Vereda Funda and Raíz, two geraizeiro communities. The community of Vereda Funda and Raiz got expelled in the 1970ies, when the state government of Minas Gerais rent their lands to the plantation companies. The communities were tenants, they had often no official land titles. There are other similar land conflicts in the region, about 15 at least.