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Why Choose Wood
Earth Day 2020 and Sustainability in Woodworking
Half a century ago, on April 22, 1970, over 20 million Americans took to the streets in hundreds of cities around the country to protest the complete lack of interest in environmental conservation. Factories were free to pollute our air and water without legal consequences. Oil spills were frequent and devastaing environmental disasters. Read more
American Hardwoods: The Natural, Eco-Freindly Choice
Misconceptions about hardwood manufacturing make it difficult to decipher whether or not it is a responsible product and material choice for "greening" homes, offices or other residential or commercial spaces. If you're concerned about the environment, but struggle with terms like carbon footprint, greenhouse gas emissions and carbon sequestration, you have come to the right place. Read more
American Hardwoods' Natural Abundance
For hundreds of years, North American forests have been providing more than 20 species of hardwoods as the perfect material for flooring, furniture, cabinetry and moulding. The stewards of American forests have Mother Nature to thank for the diversity of trees growing in the temperate climates and regions of the United States. However, for reasons of current fashion, custom or convention, many American hardwood species are unexplored or under-used despite suitability and commercial availability. Read more
5 Residential Design Trends in Hardwood
Hardwood may be one of the oldest building materials known to man, yet architects, designers, and homeowners are always finding fresh ways to use it in the modern home. What's the appeal? Flexibility and variety, for starters. Read more
American Hardwood Improves Our Lives
This 10 minute TED Talk focuses on the benefits of American Hardwoods in many aspects of our lives. Criswell Davis shares an overview of American Hardwoods as a sustainable natural resource and as a source of personal health and well-being. View the video here
Forestry in North Carolina: Got to Be Sustainable
The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) recently produced a video on sustainable forestry in North Carolina. The video highlights core values of sustainability as they relate to all aspects of forestry in the state.View the video here
American Hardwoods: Renewable, Abundant, and Sustainable
The US Department of Agriculture Forest Dept reports that hardwood growth far exceeds removal and that the resource is neither scarce nor finite. Here are the facts that outline why America is not running out of hardwoods. Read more
Wood Sequestering and Global Warming
There are many people who believe that the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing global warming. Read more
As Climate Week Kicks Off, UN Report Recommendation on Forest Products Spark Debate
As environmental groups, activists, government officials, and corporate leaders gather in New York for Climate Week, a little-noticed recommendation from a recent United Nations report on climate change is getting increased attention – and sparking debate. Read more here
Keeping Forests as Forests #forestproud
Forest Proud Initiative of North America Forest Partnership: Innovation and new technology allow us to operate faster, safer, and more efficiently - creating new products and solutions for a society that is constantly on the move. Forest products manufacturing looks very different than it did 100 years ago. #forestproud has gathered videos, articles, and social media campaigns that help explain the benefits of using hardwood. Video Segments Here
We Could Cut Atmospheric Carbon by 25% by Planting a Forest the Size of the United States
A new study lays out a green (very green), data-driven plan to capture much of our atmosphere's carbon pool. The right trees planted in the right place could have a major impact on climate change. Read more here.
Wood Products Mitigate Less Than 1 Percent of Global Carbon Emissions
The world's wood products - all the paper, lumber, furniture and more - offset less than 1 percent of annual global carbon emissions by locking away carbon in woody forms, according to new research. Read more.
An Inside Look into the Hardwood Industry
The American Hardwood Information Center was featured on TLC's "Make This Place Your Home", a new how-to, do-it-yourself television series hosted by Jackie Zeman of soap opera fame, and Jaimie Laurita, Rock & Roll Chef and kitchen designer to the stars. Watch the segment here
Mass timber comes of age
Judging by the outcome of a recent International Code Council Action Hearing, it’s likely that we will be seeing more and taller mass timber buildings across the country very soon. Read more.
Our forests are dying; mortality is exceeding net growth
Forest mortality is exceeding net growth in America and timber harvests are just a small percentage of the reason why. Read More.
Saving our Southern forests: A history lesson
Our Southern forests are some of the most biodiverse in the world, providing aesthetics, recreation, water filtration, and regional climate regulation. Yet we are rapidly degrading and losing them. How did we get here? Read More.
AWC Industry Progress Report shows improvements - Environment, energy and safety data detailed
The American Wood Council (AWC) has released its second Industry Progress Report, detailing the wood products manufacturing industry’s performance across a number of environment, energy and safety measures. Read More.
It's Alive! Tree Stumps Might Actually Not Be Dead
Auckland University of Technology researcher Sebastian Leuzinger was hiking through a New Zealand forest when he noticed a tree stump with living tissue sprouting from it. But how could a tree stump survive without green foliage? Read more.