Things You Might Not Know About the Timber Industry

Things You Might Not Know About the Timber Industry

Photo Credit: Superior National Forest

If you like
wood products like furniture and paneling or flooring, then you might be
interested in some little known facts we found out about the timber industry.
Some of these things will make you glad that you’re using wood and others will
just surprise you. In fact, using wood is actually good for the environment if
it’s harvested correctly and we found out that there are now more ways to
ensure you’re getting legally harvested trees. Check out all the great articles
on the timber industry below.

Seeing the Wood for the Trees

In this
article posted on the Economist.com, we learn that there are now ways to make
sure that the wood a business owner is selling and that you are buying has been
cut down legally. That’s right DNA testing is no longer just the domain of CSI
technicians anymore. Now the lumber you buy can be DNA tested to ensure that it’s
from groves which are legal to harvest. While this is a great idea, there’s
still more work that needs to be done to make this an effective process. For
one thing, the tests are fairly pricey and for another thing, more DNA samples
need to be taken from established legal forestry sites so that the results can
be matched up correctly. This will put a big dent in the over thirty million
dollar illegal logging industry. Get all the great information by 
reading the full article here.

Timber Industry: Cutting Down Trees
Helps Environment

This article
posted on npr.org is a transcript of host Jeff Brady’s interview with Chris
West of the American Forest Resource Council and Ann Ingerson an Economics Research
Associate with The Wilderness Society. The interview poses questions about the
forest industry’s desire to take a more active role in gleaning old growth from
forests in an effort to help in reducing our carbon footprint. In addition, the
forestry group hopes to be able to increase its level of carbon credit points
that it can then sell to other industries that are bigger polluters so they can
use those credits. It’s no surprise that
The Wilderness Society has issues with this, but when you 
read the full article here, you’ll see that they do eventually get closer to agreement, at least on
some issues.

As Timber Industry Improves, Mills
See Setbacks with Availability

If you live
in Montana, chances are you either work for the wood industry or you know
someone who does. That’s why when the industry picked up at the beginning of
2014, it was news and resulted in this article by Dillon Tabish for
flatheadbeacon.com. This article lends credibility to a stand that the forest
industry has been working on getting into main stream for years, which is that
harvesting and managing forests will help them, and not managing those forests,
leads to larger and more devastating forest fires. The statistics certainly do
tend to agree with the forestry officials, but popular opinion has been slow to
agree. The article goes into great detail about the Montana logging industry
and you can 
read the full piece here. 

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