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
Feb. 23, 2020, Register-Guard – Surviving through the spotted owl era, evolving logging processes and now climate change, timber communities continually face the sense that their livelihood and way of life is dubious. Read More
Feb. 10, 2020 – Corvallis Gazette Times – A new deal between Oregon’s timber industry and environmentalists to protect forest waters, modernize logging regulations and create a new conservation plan was announced Monday by Gov. Kate Brown and representatives of both interests. Read More
Jan. 29, 2020 – Nisqually Valley News Washington state legislators are organizing bipartisan support for the timber industry and noting that forestry draws carbon from the atmosphere and could help the state meet its carbon reduction goals. Read More