For over 40 years, our commitment has always been to sustainability. We practice this commitment through active forest management, minimizing waste and wood product manufacture and utilization.

The MPB Epidemic

The Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) has hit epidemic proportions in the Rocky Mountain West. Estimates show that in Colorado, we will lose over 90% of our mature lodgepole pine. And of that 90%, roughly 70% of the lodgepole pine timber is in wilderness area, roadless area, or too steep to harvest economically. The best we can possibly hope for is up to 30% of the lodgepole pine timber areas (U.S.F.S., C.S.F.S., DoD, B.L.M., county and private) to be put under some form of timber management as soon as possible.

The MPB Epidemic

Lodgepole pine is a fire-dependent species, which means that it needs the heat of a fire or total sunlight to open the cones in order to regenerate. If a new forest starts growing, but then burns before the young trees are old enough to bear cones of their own, we will lose the new forest. We will have no new seed source for the next forest. Managing NOW to reduce the fuels loading per acre is the only way to attempt to keep our regeneration safe from this kind of devastating fire.

Our current poor forest health is the result of the NIMBY (not in my back yard) preservationist movement. But a forest is amazingly dynamic, NOT static, so preserving it, by doing nothing is a truly poor choice! As you can see in the photo, the only green patches in there are the areas previously harvested, indicated by green arrows!

The MPB Epidemic

Let our legacy be the KIIMBY (KEEP IT IN MY BACK YARD) movement. Let our legacy be the beginning of an active management forest stewardship society. Let’s take care of our own back yards, our local forests, and let them provide us with the environmental benefits of a well managed forest, clean air, clean water, recreation, wildlife, and a sustainable supply of the products, jobs, income and tax base that sustain our communities. We all must be actively involved in promoting and implementing good forest stewardship NOW to create diverse age and diverse species stands for ourselves and our future generations to enjoy.

Did you know?

Green facts about green products:

  • The forest management benefits derived from making these products benefits OUR forests – not someone else’s. If it is in our back yard, we have an obvious incentive to do a good job, one that we, as a community, can be proud of!
  • Eco-system sustainability is tied to economics. Good economics is also good stewardship and ecosystem management.
  • While growing the timber for wood manufacturing, the forest increases oxygen, decreases carbon dioxide, improves watersheds, and acts as a water supply and storage filtration system. It also creates homes for wildlife and provides recreational opportunities for humans.
  • We use it all! Wood products can easily be remanufactured into other products. There is value in all of it. Damaged, twisted, checked, spiral grain, crooked, short pieces, and limbs can still be ground or chipped into a variety of saleable products.
  • Many wood products serve several lives. They are too valuable to throw away. After serving a life as a primary product, it may be ground for ground cover or bedding and then find its way into the compost pile or become a soil amendment.
  • Much of the secondary wood products are used to compost (heat treat animal and human waste and animal mortality). The breakdown of carbon fiber from secondary wood products renders a clean soil amendment.
  • The byproducts from manufacturing wood are all clean, useable products of lesser value, whereas many of the byproducts from other building products manufacturing create contaminated water or undesirable gases.
  • Long distance transportation of building materials greatly increases your costs, at the expense of increased foreign fuel dependency. Buying LOCAL would result in less trade deficits, less air pollution and less traffic.
  • Wood is the cheapest building material to manufacture. It has the lowest machining costs and is easier and less expensive than melting steel or aluminum.
  • You can save ‘green’ by buying green.

You Can Help! Buy Local Wood!

We need your help to use, all we can, of the Mountain Pine Beetle killed trees as products before this material rots down and is wasted and adds to our fuels load and fire danger.

When you purchase locally harvested and manufactured products, you are helping encourage and finance desperately needed forest management. Sustainable, renewable, locally produced native wood products IS a reality. You are keeping the jobs within our community by employing your friends and neighbors, sons and daughters.

Many of our trees are dying from the blue stain fungus carried by the Mountain Pine Beetle. But, let’s use the wood, rather than let it all rot away! It carries some beautiful blue color that is amazing! You probably have a project that would be more stunning in True Blue™.

When you purchase locally, you are also supporting all the auxiliary businesses necessary to support the harvest, transportation, manufacturing, and sales of these products. And you are keeping the tax base for ALL of these businesses here, in our community, for our benefit.

Do your homework and work with reputable people. There are a lot of folks out there now telling you how green they are. But they are just ‘Green With Envy’ at the people who truly have a green, sustainable, renewable business in which they are good stewards of our precious resources. For some folks, green is just a marketing ploy.

The Choice

About 20 years ago, by designating it as a roadless area, this forest was "saved."

About 20 years ago, this forest was "lost" to logging.

Which one is our future?