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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.

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American Hardwood Information Center14 hours ago
Decorative millwork can turn bland interiors into memorable spaces. Minnesota-based architect Meriwether Felt installed stained cherry mouldings, trims, and casings in a master bath renovation. “The stained wood warms up the bathroom and provides richness,” he says. “The client asked for a luxurious, yet elegant feeling, and cherry fit the bill perfectly”

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#DYK that half the dry weight of a tree is stored carbon and that carbon is stored throughout the life of the tree and any products made from it.

The resolute desk, made from oak, has been a carbon vault since 1880! https://t.co/G25uxojqDs
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NAFO Forests @NAFO_Forests
Half the dry weight of wood is atmospheric carbon. That includes the resolute desk! When we build with wood, we support working forests, and we create carbon vaults that lock away carbon for the life of the product.

This desk has been holding its carbon since 1880! #Woodisgood https://t.co/cB1vii1TXH

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