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
Seattle Times - May 15, 2021 - Add one more factor to the rising cost of new housing in the Seattle area: skyrocketing lumber prices. Nationally, lumber prices have more than tripled in the past year. That can add tens of thousands of dollars to the price of a new house or town house. Read More
Oct. 15, 2020 – Oregon Forests Forever — September was one of Oregon’s most destructive and damaging wildfire seasons in recent history, burning nearly one million acres across both public and private lands. Restoration and regeneration of Oregon’s forests will likely take years and require more than 100 million tree seedlings… Read More
Oct. 11, 2020 – Oregonian — When we thought 2020 couldn’t get worse, the windstorm and resulting wildfires from Labor Day created the worst fire season in Oregon history: bigger than the previous record-holding Silver Falls Fire in 1865, bigger than all the Tillamook Burns combined, and bigger than the footprint of degradation left in the […] Read More