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
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
May 15, 2020, Oregonian – Sturgeon Development Partners announced Thursday it will build an eight-story office in Portland’s Central Eastside, despite the deadly pandemic and the economic ruin left in its path. Read More