alder is an Abundant
and sustainable species
The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives passed resolutions declaring that alder and other U.S. hardwoods are “An abundant, sustainable and legal resource under the United States rule of law.”
Alder Helps Forests Grow
Alder regenerates naturally and prolifically; it flourishes in areas where other species may not. It provides a unique benefit to the forest: Its nitrogen-fixing root system adds nutrients to soils and helps neighboring species such as Douglas Fir, Cedar and Hemlock thrive.
Alder Reduces Greenhouse Gases & Stores Carbon
Alder, like all other trees, takes carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere and through the process of photosynthesis, uses the carbon for growth and releases the oxygen back into the air. This process removes an average of four metric tons of carbon dioxide per acre of forest each year. The more trees that grow, the more CO2 that is absorbed from the air. It’s that simple.
Alder trees grow quickly and die relatively young – at approximately 60 years. If a tree dies in the forest it begins to release the carbon it had previously sequestered. By harvesting this prolific tree and manufacturing it into furniture, cabinetry and millwork, carbon remains sequestered for the life of the finished product. It is estimated that each year more than 175 million tons of carbon are stored in wood products.
Certified to the PEFC chain-of-custody Standard
PEFC is the world’s largest forest certification standard promoting sustainable forest management through independent third-party certification. PEFC works throughout the entire forest supply chain to ensure good forest practices and wood sourcing. Northwest Hardwoods PEFC Chain-of-Custody (CoC) certified alder is sourced from forests certified to the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI), the American Tree Farm (ATF) system, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), and PEFC. Each national forest certification system undergoes rigorous, third-party assessment against PEFC’s unique Sustainability Benchmarks to ensure consistency with worldwide standards.
Products Certified to FSC®
Northwest Hardwoods is certified to the Forest Stewardship Council® Chain of Custody and Controlled Wood Standards. We can offer a variety of products and species with FSC® claims. Ask us today about availability and refer to the www.fsc.org for more details.
To download a copy of our FSC certificate, click here.
Little Goes to Waste
Virtually every portion of the alder log is used during the lumber manufacturing process. While the lumber is manufactured into furniture or cabinetry, the tree bark becomes mulch and the sawdust is fuel for the mill. Furthermore, it takes less energy to manufacture lumber than it does to manufacture steel, concrete,
aluminum, glass, or plastic.