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Why Choose Wood

Carbon Storage in Harvested Wood Products 

Wood is infinitely useful. Critically important for our changing climate, trees store carbon. When trees are harvested for wood products like lumber, some of that carbon continues to be stored. Even after a wood product is discarded, it keeps storing carbon.

More than 90% of new single-family homes in the U.S. are built with wood. About 400,000 homes, apartment buildings, and other housing units are lost to floods and other natural disasters or decay every year. Houses are also torn down to make way for new development. Read more


 

Capturing Carbon Documentary Spotlights Forestry’s Climate Change Role 

A new documentary on forestry’s role in the climate crisis provides dramatic insight into Canada’s rapidly changing forest landscape and how sustainable forestry practices can help capture and store carbon as wood products. The documentary breaks down facts and myths around sustainable forest management in Canada and the potential of wood products to help mitigate climate change. Watch here


Thinking of Installing a Hardwood Floor? Here's What to Consider

There's a lot to like about hardwood flooring. It brings a bit of nature's beauty into your home and it goes with just about any decor, be it traditional, contemporary, rustic, or a style mash-up. It requires an investment of both time and money, but when the dust settles, wood floors are almost always worth it. Whether you are thinking of installing hardwood in a single room or your entire home, here are some factors to consider. Read more


Forest Carbon Data Visualization

"Getting to net zero emissions by 2050 is ambitious, necessary, and achievable." This easy to navigate presentation takes a look at the facts about working and non-working forests, sequestration, emission rates and carbon storage, harvesting, and the wood products storage pool. View the presentation here.


Celebrating the Circular Economy: National Forest Products Week 2021

This year, National Forest Products Week falls on October 17-23, and we see it as a time to recognize and advocate for the entire forest value chain that delivers the valuable forest products we all rely on in our daily lives. By offering natural, renewable, plant-based products, the forest products industry continues to provide innovative and sustainable solutions that help drive the circular economy.

This week is also a time to advocate for the proper management of the resources within our forests that play a vital role in mitigating climate change. Managed forests are healthy forests, and expanding markets for all kinds of wood products helps keep forestlands forested. A diversified wood products industry enhances the resiliency of our ecosystems, helps to sequester carbon and creates jobs in rural communities. Read more


The Forest Resources Association Releases New Video & Fact Sheets

The Forest Resources Association (FRA) has developed a great video and fact sheets that show the role of managed forestland AND wood products in sequestering carbon. As the relationship between the climate and carbon is debated, forest professionals know that trees and wood products store carbon. The public can be misled by those opposed to active forestry.

The FRA video and fact sheets dispel the myths and present the facts on forest carbon storage using data from the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis program. The facts sheets are available for each state in the Appalachian Hardwood region and can be downloaded here.


The All-Wood Kitchen is Having a Moment

Does this finally mark the end of the reign of the pristine white kitchen? Probably not. But as Aujla points out, “During moments of crisis people return to natural materials.” And indeed, after a year in which most of us have clocked more time than ever in our home kitchens, the tide has turned toward materials that feel rustic, rough-hewn, and intensely comforting. Read more


10 Surprising Ways Wood Can Improve Your Health and Well-being

Trees are the ultimate multi-taskers. On top of all the work they do keeping our planet a lush and livable place for its many creatures, the benefits of trees transcend our many forests. An abundance of emerging research actually shows trees experience a second life when their wood is incorporated into our buildings , furniture, and fixtures - leading to a slew of surprising mental health benefits for humans and the planet we call home. Read more


10 Reasons Why Wooden Buildings are Good For You

In the developed world, we spend about 90% of our time indoors. It’s important then to get the indoor climate right. This means looking at everything from air quality, hygiene, humidity, temperatures and even the touch and feel of the materials that surround us. All of these aspects affect us in our day to day indoor lives. Read more


Fast Facts About American Hardwood

Don’t search the globe for renewable and sustainable materials: American hardwoods fit the bill! From alder and cherry, to the oaks and walnut—to name just a few—American hardwoods have been bringing warmth and beauty to the built environment for centuries. Read more, and download all the Fast Facts here.


Creating a Naturally Healthy Home

The pandemic has changed the way many of us think and feel about home. More than ever, it has become a place of refuge, safety, and comfort in an uncertain world. The need for our dwellings to be sources of both physical and emotional wellbeing has never been stronger. Architects and designers looking to maximize the unique and personal qualities of a residence—the subtle factors that turn it from a house into a home—have long recognized that specifying wood offers a natural means of achieving that goal. Now COVID-19 is making that strategy even more attractive to savvy homeowners. Read more


 Video: "Appalachian Hardwood Forest to Finished Products"

Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers recently completed a video project with Ascension 336, marketing students from High Point University. The project is titled "Appalachian Hardwood Forest to Finished Products" and shows a young adult learning the process it takes to make a beautiful hardwood products.

The video is available here on the Appalachian Hardwood youtube channel.


Wood Co2ts Less

A campaign has been developed by the UK Timber Industry encouraging the use of wood as a way to reduce CO2 emissions and fight climate change. Their aim is to promote the use of all wood products as low carbon materials and illustrate how using wood can help reduce CO2 in the atmosphere and contribute to slowing climate heating. Click here for more.


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. 

(Posted 07/11/18)


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.

(Posted 7/3/18)


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.

(Posted 7/3/18)


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.

(Posted 7/3/18)