Birch Trees & Sustainability
Updated: Jun 14, 2022
When harvesting trees, it’s important to sustain a natural balance in the area in which you forest. Forest managers will choose what to harvest from the forest, and in what amounts. Their goal is to harvest timber in a way that actually benefits the overall health of the forest. Cutting down older trees encourages diversity and growth, while thinning tree populations in other areas will help to sustain the forest. Special care must be taken to replant the harvested trees with a species that will fit into the existing forest ecosystem.
The benefit of choosing a birch hardwood is its strength combined with its fast-growing nature. Birch takes ⅓ the amount of time to grow compared to other hardwoods, like Oak. This reduces the time, space, and impact on the environment to mature while also conserving our old-growth forests. Birch trees are an abundant and relatively fast-growing hardwood species that cause minimal destruction of biodiversity when cut down. So, when choosing wood products think fast-growing, regenerative, and low impact.
Understanding the way forests grow and are sustained allows you to be an informed customer making good choices for your own health and that of the planet.
Certified Sustainably Grown Birch
In our search for materials that are compostable and affordable, we chose Birch from Sustainably Managed Forests. This assures buyers that timber has come from a forest that has been evaluated and certified as being managed according to the correct social, economic, and environmental standards.