Eco Friendly Lumber Introduction

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According to the Rainforest Alliance, sustainable forestry provides a way of using trees and non-timber forest products ecological way to meet people's ever-increasing need for lumber, paper and other products, without degrading forest ecosystems. Sustainable forestry is a process by which companies adopt more responsible practices: they increase protection of soils, waterways and wildlife, and they treat workers and neighboring communities fairly. Sustainable forestry ensures that forests lands retain their economic value for the long term. When a forest loses its economic value, it can face transformation into ranchland or housing developments.


In addition to eco friendly lumber companies we have loaded our site with a great deal of information about North America timber lands and the many hardwood lumber species, which you may find in old buildings that you own. Again, one of the main purposes of our web site is to help you find us so we can help you find businesses that are experienced with properly recovering the antique lumber that you may discover in an old building that is being demolished.


What Is Chain of Custody Certification?

Chain of Custody (COC) provides a reliable information link between raw material in a forest-based product and the origin of that raw material. This helps environmentally concerned consumers receive assurance that the products they purchase and use come from well-managed forests. A certifying body can provide third-party certification linked to FSC (worldwide), SFI (North America), PEFC (worldwide), or customized claims about the sources of forest-based raw materials in your products.


Benefits of COC

Chain of custody certification helps organizations meet the needs of their customers and the demands of the marketplace. Increasing number of consumers seek proof of environmentally sound business practices. Your chain of custody certification provides assurance that products are produced and sourced responsibly. FSC, SFI and PEFC chain of custody are linked in an independent, global, third-party movement to assure that information about sources of forest products is reliable and beneficial to all involved. With your certification you can use the FSC, SFI (and/or PEFC) logos and the appropriate on-product labels which link your product back to individually-certified forests.


Below is a table of the most common hardwood species in North America:


Common Name        Scientific Name

Common Name        Scientific Name

American ash        Fraxinus spp.

American basswood        Tilia americana

American beech        Fagus grandifolia

American birch        Betula spp.

American chestnut        Castanea dentata

American hornbeam        Carpinus caroliniana

Apple        Malus sylvestris

Aspen        Populus spp.

Black cherry        Prunus serotina

Black locust        Robinia pseudoacacia

Black mangrove        Avicennia spp.

Black walnut        Juglans nigra

Black willow        Salix nigra

Boxelder        Acer negundo

Butternut        Juglans cinerea

Buttonwood        Conocarpus erectus

Buckthorn        Rhamnus spp.

California laurel        Umbellularia californica

Catalpa        Catalpa spp.

Common persimmon        Diospyros spp.

Cottonwood        Populus spp.

Elder        Sambucus spp.

Elm        Ulmus spp.

Flowering dogwood        Cornus florida

Giant chinkapin        Castanopsis chrysophylla

Hackberry        Celtis spp.

Hickory        Carya spp.

Holly        Ilex spp.

Honeylocust        Gleditsia triacanthos

Hophornbeam        Ostrya spp.

Kentucky coffeetree        Gymnocladus dioicus

Madrone        Arbutus spp.

Magnolia        Magnolia spp.

Maple        Acer spp.

Mesquite        Prosopis spp.

Mountain laurel        Kalmia latifolia

Oak        Quercus spp.

Osage orange        Maclura pomifera

Red alder        Alnus rubra

Sassafras        Sassafras albidum

Serviceberry        Amelanchier spp.

Silverbell        Halesia spp.

Sourwood        Oxydendrum arboreum

Sumac        Rhus spp.

Sweetbay        Magnolia virginiana

Sweetgum        Liquidambar styraciflua

Sycamore        Acer pseudoplatanus

Sycamore        Platanus occidentalis

Tanoak        Lithocarpus densiflorus

Tree-of-heaven        Ailanthus altissima

Tupelo        Nyssa spp.

Witch hazel        Hamamelis virginiana

Yellow buckeye        Aesculus octandra

Yellow poplar        Liriodendron tulip ifera

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