Hardwood is a valued natural resource and we support responsible harvesting as well enterprising ways to maximize the life and value of every piece of hardwood we sell.
When You Can’t See the Forest For the Trees
3 Facts About Hardwood Sustainability That May Surprise You
Macon Hardwood thrives in the knowledge that increasingly more consumers are choosing natural hardwood flooring not only for style and comfort, but also due to its eco-friendly attributes. Wood is one of the primary derivatives of the natural world and one of our most sustainable resources. The following facts about wood production and harvesting may surprise you:
- Forest sustainability worldwide is improving. The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations released recent global satellite surveys indicating that total forest loss is 32% less than originally thought over the past 15 years. Another similar report by the ITTO cites significant increases in Sustainably Managed Forests and certified forest volumes in the permanent forest estates around the world.
- For every hardwood tree cut in the U.S., two more are grown, and the volume of hardwoods in our country is estimated to be 90% greater than it was 50 years ago.
- There are more than 279 million acres of hardwood forests in this country, the equivalent of hardwoods covering every square inch of New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia.