Wood is not only a renewable resource, it is an incredibly efficient way to meet a number of economic, social, and environmental needs. Trees remove and store CO2 from the atmosphere as they grow. Harvesting and turning trees into lumber for buildings, furniture and other products helps us capture that carbon while meeting needs for housing and development. The Pacific Northwest is one of the best places on earth to grow trees so all our wood materials are sourced and manufactured locally.
Making the Most of Our Resources
Zero waste processing.
New technology helps us get the most out of wood resources. 100 percent of a log is used when processed in one of our sawmills. What doesn’t become lumber is used for biofuel, pulp and paper, particle board, landscaping, and agricultural products. If you think about how many everyday products are available because of sustainably managed forests, you’ll start to see why wood is so incredible.
Energy efficiency projects.
Hampton incorporates sustainable manufacturing principles at each of our sawmills. In Darrington, WA our sawmill cogeneration system burns mill residual wood waste (biomass) to produce steam for drying lumber. This steam is also converted to electricity by a turbine and generator and sold to the local utility as renewable energy. As part of the Energy Trust of Oregon’s Industrial Energy Improvement initiative, our Willamina mill incorporated new techniques and capital projects, which resulted in nearly 12 percent reduction in electrical energy use. And people are taking notice. In 2012 Hampton was recognized in Oregon with the Governor’s Award for Strategic Energy Management Practices. By saving water and electricity, eliminating waste, and researching new ways to produce higher quality products, we aim to better serve our customers and the environment.
Hear What People Are Saying About Forestry and Wood Products
Building a skyscraper? Forget about steel and concrete, says architect Michael Green, and build it out of … wood. As he details in this intriguing talk, it's not only possible to build safe wooden structures up to 30 stories tall (and, he hopes, higher), it's necessary. Read More
The OSU College of Forestry provides science leadership for 11 research cooperatives that conduct research and apply the results to solve problems, develop new products, support long-term field studies, and develop decision support tools. Read More
Trees are harvested then replanted. Nearly 100 million trees are replanted each year in Washington and Oregon managed forests. This cycle of harvesting and replanting stores carbon–not only in living trees in the forest, but in finished wood products such as lumber and furniture. Read More