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Sustainable Forestry & Wood Products at VHCC Green Conference. October 2009

Sustainable Forestry & Wood Products at VHCC Green Conference. October 2009



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  • Hematite Timber cut 1998, Largest old growth upland and oak and hickory. Severe high grade or they call it shelter growth. 3.1 million bf
  • Comprehensive program, from forestry to the finished product. Staff includes forester, mill manager, sales and admin. Products are primarily hardwood finishes
  • Voluntary = free of regulatory criticism.
  • The logger brings the logs to our processing center where they are sawed and dried
  • Changing aesthetics to match what changing environment has to offer. These forests are in the early stages of recovery. Small trees have knots, stain, CHARACTER. Think of as similar to conventional vs unbleached paper or cotton. Character is natural and beautiful. Convention calls for large, ‘defect’ free pieces. Widespread ultra-high quality specs have specific, damaging results for forest ecosystems. Realistic, educated specs call for RESTORATIVE products.

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  • Sustainable Forestry & Wood Products ‘ A Good Way of Doing Business in Our Forests & Communities’
  • Photo by SouthWings
  • How do we increase sustainability of using wood products?
    • Through better forestry practices.
    • Sustainable forestry=
    • Responsible wood
    Photo by App Voices
  • Forest Certification
    • Certification is the process whereby an independent auditing body (third party) conducts an inspection and awards a certificate using independently developed standards and objectives.
  • Forest Certification Systems
    • American Tree Farm
    • System
    • Forest Stewardship
      • Council
    • Sustainable Forestry
      • Initiative
  • American Tree Farm System ATFS
    • 24M acres certified with 88K landowners in 48 states.
    • For small, non-industrial private forestland owners (10-20,000 contiguous acres).
    • Scope does not
    • include economic issues.
  • Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI)
    • 219 Participants totaling over 144M acres certified in US and Canada.
    • Industry-driven criteria of forest management – American Forest & Paper Association.
    • Ecological indicators are
    • general and majority are
          • optional.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
    • 1,033 Forest Management certificates and 14,111 Chain of Custody certificates in 90 countries.
    • 282M acres certified globally, 101M acres in North America.
    • Rigorous standards of
    • forest management.
  • Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)
    • 10 Principals
    • 57 Criteria
    • Performance-based Measurements
    • Mandatory independent public reporting
    • Maintenance of Old Growth Forests
    • No Conversions to plantations
    • Labor/Indigenous Peoples and Local Communities Criteria
  • Chain-of-Custody Certificate
    • Chain of custody is the process of tracking and recording the possession and transfer of wood and fiber from a certified forest through the different stages of production—primary manufacturer, secondary manufacturer, wholesaler, and retailer—and to the end user. 
  • Demand Growth for FSC Certified Forestland (Forest Resource Management)
  • US Demand Growth FSC Chain-of-Custody
  • US Demand Growth FSC Chain-of-Custody Certificates Building Materials
  • Green Building Rating Systems
  • Sustainable Woods
    • Forest management planning and harvesting backed by strict environmental standards.
    • Own and operate sawmill and solar dry-kiln
    • Own and operate millworks with large catalogue of profiles.
    • Providing a variety of ‘green’ wood products.
    ‘ A New Way of Doing Business in Our Forests & Communities’
  • SW Processing Center
  • SW Processing Center
    • Supporting restorative forestry may mean spreading a new aesthetic to consumers .
    Possible Solutions – Products & Design
  • Poplar Wainscoting and Ceiling Paneling Abingdon, VA Jubilee Retreat Center
  • Self Installed Character Grade Red Oak Flooring Abingdon, VA
  • Character Grade White Oak Flooring Charlottesville, VA Commercial Project
  • Common & Better Grade White Ash Flooring Charlottesville, VA Residential Remodeling Project.
  • Character Grade Beech Flooring & Stair Treads Charlottesville, VA Residential Project.
  • Character Grade Hickory Flooring & Beech Trim Christiansburg, VA
  • Character Grade Maple Flooring Kingsport, TN Residential Project
  • Beech Casing with Walnut Bull Nose Charlottesville, VA Commercial Office
  • Poplar Shiplap Siding Charlottesville, VA Residential Addition
  • Sustainable Woods Maple Lumber
  • Sustainable Woods Land Owner (10 acre property cut 2001, photo taken in 2004)
  • A network of certified organic family farmers who provide locally grown organic produce to regional food markets
  • Creating Opportunities