Forest Management

Mass Timber Construction

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Forests are the green lungs of the earth, producing the oxygen we breathe.

50% of a tree’s total volume is carbon, absorbed from the atmosphere as trees convert the sun’s energy from light into food, a process called photosynthesis.

In our carbon-climate breakpoint, each year hitting new emission highs as the global economy roars ahead, the defense of trees and forests as critical carbon extractors warrants the highest international security priority. 

Yet, according to World Wildlife Federation estimates, 18.7 million acres of forest is lost through deforestation every year, approximately 27 soccer fields a minute. 

Our warming planet further threatens forests with dry and drought conditions, making them more susceptible to wild fires, which have increased in frequency, scale, and duration over the last four decades, to the extent that wildfires themselves have become significant sources of greenhouse gas emissions.

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Responsible management and sustainable forestry practices that support timber economies, providing financial returns competitive with deforestation alternatives, promote global climate security and local forest communities.

“CLT is a low-carbon alternative to high-energy, high-emission industry standard concrete-and-steel construction. A renewable resource, CLT revitalizes New England forest economies.”

Build It with Wood,” an initiative of the New England Forestry Foundation, advocates a new construction technology, cross-laminated timber (“CLT”), an engineered wood product developed in Austria and Germany in the 1990s. A jumbo plywood of layers stacked at right angles (“cross’) and glued together (“laminated”), CLT is a low-carbon alternative to high-energy, high-emission industry standard concrete-and-steel construction. A renewable resource, CLT revitalizes New England forest economies.

CLT construction is 30% faster than conventional building and requires less heavy machinery, lowering construction-related emissions while generating cost savings through expedited project delivery.

Build to prosper, build to live.

Peggi Clouson, PhD, Mass Timber Conference, UMass, Amherst, June 23, 2017/TILL; mass timber, detail/ArchDaily