SUSTAINABLE FORESTRY

Dr. Thomas Maness
"The global demand for wood has increased every year since 1950 and continues to increase along with population. Most of the places in the world where wood is being grown is in plantations. There's really only one place where trees are grown in a native ecosystem and that's here in the Pacific Northwest." Dr. Thomas Maness -Dean of the College of Forestry, Oregon State University
This is the most environmentally sustainable place on earth to grow wood.

Wood building materials are products of solar energy, a renewable resource, and wood itself is renewable, reusable and recyclable.  As well, wood products that come from sustainably managed forests play a vital role in protecting the Earth’s climate.

img38 Trees remove CO2 from the atmosphere by storing carbon in leaves, branches, and primarily in the trunk as wood.  Young, healthy, vigorously growing trees sequester carbon at a higher rate than older trees, which absorb less carbon as they mature. Healthy forests–both young and old–provide significant environmental benefits.  In fact, Pacific Coast forests provide 39% of all carbon storage in the U.S., the highest average carbon storage per acre in the United States.[1]  About 70% of the carbon in every log brought to a sawmill is sequestered in wood products.

Oregon and Washington’s forests and harvested wood products absorb and store 25% of the region’s total emissions.[2]

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Modern, scientific forestry is sustainable and renewable.  Trees are harvested then replanted. Nearly 100 million trees are replanted each year in Washington and Oregon managed forests. This cycle of harvesting and replanting stores carbon–not only in living trees in the forest, but in finished wood products such as lumber and furniture. Substituting wood for non-renewable resources such as concrete and steel can be a major factor in reducing greenhouse gasses in the atmosphere.
“Sustainable forest management can maintain or enhance forest carbon stocks, and can maintain forest carbon sinks, including by transferring carbon to wood products. Where wood carbon is transferred to harvested wood products, these can store carbon over the long-term and can substitute for emissions-intensive materials reducing emissions in other sectors.”Intergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeIntergovernmental Panel on Climate ChangeIPCC special report August 2019, pg. 25
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