Our future has always been tied to the sustainability of the United States
forests. Our partnering mills abide by the U.S. Forestry Initiative and the
guidelines set forth by the U.S. Forestry Service and employ registered
foresters and contract loggers certified as Master Timber Harvesters.
"Sustainability" is meeting today's needs, without compromising
the ability of future generations to meet their needs. With
hardwood growth well exceeding removal, the U.S. supply of
hardwoods for flooring, furniture, cabinetry and millwork is–by
definition–sustainable now and for future generations.
Just as important, hardwoods are green design choices with the
intrinsic beauty and versatility so lacking in recycled cartons,
glued-up grass stalks and compressed grain husks.
Virtually every part of the log is used as lumber or
by-products, and finished products are re-useable, recyclable
Renewable, Abundant and Sustainable American Hardwoods
American hardwoods have entered their fourth century of
providing beauty and authenticity, warmth and integrity, lasting
aesthetic and functional value to interiors. For floors,
furniture, mouldings, millwork, cabinetry and built-ins, they
are quintessentially green materials in abundant and
American hardwoods are sustainable solutions for eco-effective
design and building: Harvesting levels are far below the levels of growth: Nearly
twice as much hardwood grows each year as is harvested in the
U.S. For this reason, the volume of hardwoods in American
forests today is 90 percent larger than it was 50 years ago.
Hardwood foresters follow professional best practices that
mirror natural forces. Individual trees are selected for
harvest, encouraging forests to renew and regenerate themselves
naturally and prolifically.
In addition to providing wildlife habitat and filtering the
water supply, trees produce oxygen, remove carbon dioxide and
store carbon, reducing greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
All hardwood forests in the continental United States are
temperate–not tropical. They are home to the oaks, maples,
cherry, ash, poplar and scores of other broad-leafed deciduous
species, many of which grow nowhere else in the world. The term
"hardwood" has no reference to the wood's actual hardness, which
differs by species.
Unlike the area blanketed by the evergreen conifers (softwoods),
most hardwood forestland is in the eastern half of the country.
Hardwood forests cover 279 million acres: the equivalent of
hardwood trees covering every square inch of New York,
Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia,
North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia. This resource is
neither scarce nor finite.
Collectively, across all hardwood trees in all American hardwood
forests, there is nearly twice as much new wood growth as there
is wood removed through harvesting. We are not running out of
trees. The volume of hardwood in American forests is 352 billion
cubic feet, and they are adding growth of 10.2 billion cubic
feet a year. This compares to annual removal of 6 billion cubic
Why is wood the planet friendly choice ?