No other resource can match the environmental advantages of wood. Steel, aluminum, and plastic all are not renewable.
Wood is the only natural resource that is renewable, recyclable and biodegradable. The only energy required to grow a tree is the sun, and trees remove carbon dioxide from the air and give off oxygen.
Wood manufacturing consumes only 4% of the energy used by all primary industrial raw material manufacturing, while steel and concrete manufacturing consumes 56% (Total wood consumption exceeds the combined consumption of steel and concrete).
Wood manufacturing uses the entire log, with waste products going to mulch, animal bedding, fuel and more.
While healthy growing trees consume carbon dioxide, dead and dying trees release carbon dioxide. Using mature trees for products like furniture sequesters the carbon dioxide for the life of the product, sometimes hundreds of years.
With intrusion from land clearing, industrialization, and urban sprawl, the need for forest management is more important than ever to ensure conservation, habitat diversity, and forest regeneration.
Indiana’s forests are verified sustainable by the United States Forest Service and the IDNR Division of Forestry. Our forests are legally harvested, and our loggers utilize Best Management Practices to ensure clean water and aesthetic beauty.
State and private foresters practice land stewardship ethics that integrates growing, managing, nurturing, harvesting, and regenerating our forests with the conservation of soil, air, water, biodiversity, recreation, and carbon sequestration.