Wood products are every- where. And it’s no wonder. Wood is, after all, nature’s sustainable building block—a renew- able resource that has excellent workability, whether a project is as simple as a backyard creation or as complicated as a mid-rise building. But where do wood products come from and does the manufac- ture of wood products deplete this precious natural resource? According to data from the USDA Forest Service, United States forestland is roughly as abundant today as it was 100 years ago. According to the USDA Facts and Trends from 2012, a third of the United States is covered in forests and of those forests nearly 60 per- cent are privately owned, man- aged forest lands. The wood from these forests is used for every- thing from building materials to paper and mulch. The wood preserving industry, one of the many that uses this abundant natural resource, takes very seriously its responsibility to ensure the future of our forests by sourcing from sawmills that use trees from managed forest lands. Some treaters even take this stew- ardship role a step further, using every part of the tree that comes into their facility. “We are creating a sustainable product from a renewable resource,” says Sam Snead, plant manager for Wood Preservers Inc., a wood preserving company locat- ed in Warsaw, Virginia. “Not only are we providing a valuable com- modity for both residential and industrial consumers, we are doing it responsibly.” Wood Preservers is nestled in historic Virginia and has been pro- viding wood products regionally for more than half a century. Owner Morgan Wright says his employees understand the need to care for forests in their community by using an approach of accountabili- ty in every step of the process. “We play our part in creating a harmonized chain of production
Today’s treated wood is harvested more responsibly than ever.
Wood — Nature’s Sustainable Building Block