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Sustainably Harvested Lumber Products

Bear Creek Lumber sells sustainable lumber, in many species. Products available are: Dimensional lumber, Hardwood flooring, Cedar siding, Interior paneling, Fir flooring, Redwood siding, Timbers/Beams, Shakes and shingles, Decking, and Trim. Visit also our Restoration Logging Page  

unpeeled logsOvergrown suppressed stands of Douglas fir are logged for better forest environmental health. Trees that should be spaced 30 feet apart are typically targeted ( as seen with blue paint markings). Growth rings show the wood is particularly dense. This product is excellent for a variety of uses from rail fencing (using small diameter logs) to posts and poles for construction. Whole trees are available for sale. Left: Unpeeled logs rest ready to be shipped to the mill.
Bear Creek Lumber selectively harvests posts and poles in diameters of all sizes and lengths from its forestry operation. The trees are hand marked, cut and peeled. Shown in the pictures below are peeled 10 inch posts and unpeeled 3-4 inch rails. The rails can be used as natural fencing or for furniture. The natural character of some of the rails makes for interesting natural shapes. The property has mistletoe which can be a huge fire hazard. As part of the company’s restorative thinning, many mistoed trees are being harvested including some larger 12-18 inch trees. For more information about these fir products, call 800-597-7191. Logs will be available until snow closes the roads in late October/early November.

About Sustainable Forestry

rail fancing shown aboveThe newest, and most dynamic aspect of North American forestry is the attention now being given to sustainable forestry. In essence, sustainable forestry is the pursuit of innovation, investment, and institutional reform for regimes of actions that improve long-term ecological processes, and productivity, while satisfying human wants. Its achievement requires integration of social, economic, and ecological factors to ensure the sustaining of long-term productivity for future generations while producing desired outputs. Rigth: Rail fencing made of small diameter logs.
The practice of sustainable forest management requires the contemplated actions be analyzed at the landscape level, and not the stand level, as is common in traditional forest management. Furthermore, all forest resources are recognized and given consideration in the integrity rank on par with economic efficiency, community development, and resource extraction rates. These goals have been adopted, in the recent past, by foresters throughout the world.

4 inch logs with dense growth ringsForest certification, a voluntary program whereby a forest owner requests a forest inspection to determine if predefined management standards are being achieved, is an increasingly common way for this to occur. Some owners go so far as to request that by passing these standards, they can have their products eco-labeled to signify their products come from such regulated lands that are both sustainably managed, and environmentally acceptable. Left: Four inch dense groth rings.
Products that are so managed, harvested, and sold under these labels enter a process called chain of custody, which is a process of monitoring the products to ensure the customer they are receiving the true certified material. The process is relatively expensive, which requires the producer and others who handle the product down the line to sell their product at a higher rate to recover the costs of certification.
Throughout the industry, certification is becoming more accepted as a means to assure the public that forestry can be a responsible endeavor. Bear Creek Lumber can obtain practically any type of forest product a buyer may be interested in, including hardwoods, dimensional and finish products such as siding and flooring.

recycled douglas fir beamsMore Sustainable Lumber Available

Builders, or architects who specify, are looking for sustainably grown lumber products have more choices than ever here at Bear Creek Lumber. The worldwide movement toward certified forestry has offered many new opportunities in everything from floorings to sidings to timbers. Shown to the left is a photo of sustainably grown balau timber. For more information about this and other certified products, call (800) 597-7191.

Goal of Sustainable Forestry

- Ensures timber harvest is ecologically sound, socially and economically beneficial to local communities.
- Creates market incentives for producers to responsibly manage forests and harvest timber.
- Gives consumers the power to positively “vote” for conservation when they buy wood products.
- Contributes to the preservation of forests and forest wildlife worldwide.

Replanting Redwood: A way of Life

reclaimed old growth vertical grain redwood "Georgia-Pacific Corporation (G-P) is one of five major companies that operate tree nurseries in California. Together the five companies produce more than 13 million seedlings each year--and 4.5 million of them are redwood. At G-P in Fort Bragg, California, budding forest giants are grown from seeds by the Nursery Manager and his crew at Fort Bragg, California. The nursery is a giant affair--five big metal-framed, plastic-covered greenhouses, where filtered light, perfect soil and on-call, overhead water is sprinkled on millions of baby redwood and Douglas fir trees. This intricate system has turned horticultural science into routine--it almost looks easy. "Replanting is a lot of work, and our greenhouses are pretty big, but replanting is a way of life for us," the nursery manager said. "We grew nearly two million seedlings here last year, and everyone will go into the ground . . . then we'll start all over and do it again for next year." The manager explained that his nursery provides Georgia-Pacific with the tools to maintain its sustained yield harvest commitment on 200,000 acres of lush North Coast forestland. Like most other California forest products companies that operate in the redwood region, nearly 99% of G-P's harvest is made up of second-growth trees. "What we do is carefully monitored by the California Department of Forestry (CDF) which has the strictest forest practice laws in the country," he said. "You have a certain number of years to achieve the restocking levels prescribed by the CDF, and those guys are very serious about it. On our land we usually replant five to six trees for every one that has been harvested," he said. "It's hard work, and there's no two ways about that." Much of the restocking in the redwood region takes place in December and January. So that means crews are out on the ground in wet and cold conditions from early to late, placing each tree by hand. Since they want to see a survival rate of 80 to 90 percent, each planting is done carefully. "Replanting is just one of the ways redwood is regrown on California forestland," the Nursery Manager said. "Redwood does an amazing thing when it's harvested. If there is enough sunlight allowed to strike the harvest site, the cut trees will send up sprouts from roots and stumps. It does this so prolifically that many of the farms that were carved out of the forest generations ago are now being returned to forestland. It's just too much work to keep the land cleared of trees, and landowners are finding a much higher return on their investment with redwood timber sales." Like all redwoods, the trees that the G-P crews plant are fast growers. "It takes a year or two to get the roots established and to absorb all of the water and nutrients they need and wow, off they go," the Manager said. "It's common to see a young tree grow several feet per year. An established tree will put on six to eight feet a year. A waist-high seedling will be a 130-foot-tall tree in 60 years. "This summer I went out to the very forest planting area I worked on with G-P seven years ago, and now they're double my height. It means I've left my mark on the forest, and I'm real happy about that." The result of the regrowth work that G-P and the rest of the industry do is that a fully-stocked redwood forest that is 80 years old averages 70,000 board feet of timber per acre. On superior sites, 200,000 board feet per acre are being measured in 80-year-old stands of fully-stocked ground growth--enough wood to build more than 20 houses. Many young-growth acres have more wood now than was in the original forests when they were harvested in the 1880's." -Courtesy of the California Redwood Assosciation

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