All of our lumber comes from FSC Certified Green Forests.

We use two sources. The Collins 96,000 acre Lakeview Forest in Klamath County Oregon

and the 94,000 acre Almanor Forest tucked into the Sierra Nevada Mountains of Northern California.

 

Sustainable harvesting can be defined as a method of harvesting that provides a constant supply of wood resources throughout the landscape, with future timber yields unaffected or improved by current harvesting methods. ... Foresters emulate natural disturbances with their harvesting methods to maintain these balances.

Our lumber is harvested in these forests using "Single Tree Selection". Typically, the harvest is only 2 to 4 trees that are hand selected per acre of forest. This is the most responsible method of harvesting trees. In addition to protecting the forest, this type of forestry also protects wildlife. For example, Trees are inspected for wildlife before selection. Trees are never harvested if they contain nests. Excessive bird droppings (White Wash) marking the bowl or ground around the tree are examples of nest indicators. Harvesting by Single Tree Selection, the "Light Touch" has maintained a sustained balance between vegetation and wildlife not found using more intensive methods to harvest trees.  Source: http://www.collinsco.com/almanor-fsc/

 

These are real photos from Particle Board, MDF and Melamine Manufacturing Plants


"The Pacific Northwest is the most environmentally sustainable place on earth to grow wood", Dr. Thomas Maness: Dean of The College of Forestry, Oregon State University

As a raw material, wood harvested in a sustainable manner has a minimal effect on the environment. The consumption of wood generates no effect because it is a renewable resource. From Danish Environmental Protection Agency study on wood furniture.