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Fast Facts on American Hardwoods

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  • Homegrown
    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.
  • Selection
    Nearly two dozen abundant species provide plenty of color, grain and pattern. American hardwood forests offer more choices than any other temperate hardwood forest in the world.
  • The Natural Choice
    American hardwoods are the natural choice for environmentally conscious builders, architects and designers looking to specify green materials.
  • Healthy
    American hardwoods are ideal for healthy environments. They don’t trap dust, dirt and other allergens. Low-VOC finishes keep hardwoods looking great and performing well.
  • Renewing Resource
    The USDA Forest Service reports that more hardwoods grow than are harvested each year. Since 1953, the volume of hardwoods in American forests has increased 119%. Supply is increasing, and it is sustainable.
  • Natural Regeneration
    By mirroring natural occurrences, hardwood forestry practices are a long-established form of biomimicry that supports natural regeneration.
  • Responsible Harvesting
    In American hardwood forestry, based on regional climate factors, single-tree selection is a preferred harvesting method. Foresters choose individual trees for harvest based on a complex array of considerations.
  • Life Cycle Costing
    When considering life cycle costing, the useful life of American hardwoods can span generations, making them more favorable and cost effective than most other materials.
  • Energy Efficient
    It takes less energy to make products from wood than other materials. Making products from aluminum, glass, plastic, cement or brick can require as much as 126 times more energy than making them from wood.
  • Carbon Negative
    Healthy trees reduce greenhouse gases in the atmosphere by removing carbon dioxide, storing carbon and releasing oxygen.
  • Easy on the Environment
    Virtually every part of a log is used as lumber or by-products, and finished products are re-useable, recyclable and biodegradable.
  • Certification
    Only about 14% of U.S. forests are certified because 69% of all timberland in the U.S. is owned by private individuals and firms.