Monday, October 27, 2008

Going Green: Beetle-Kill Wood

All this week, we'll be going green and blogging about ways to incorporate green living into your home. There are so many products on the market, and more emerge every day to facilitate green living. Some are well known, while others are more obscure. Stay tuned all week to learn about alternative products.

The Mountain Pine Beetle has already killed more than a quarter of a million acres of forest in the Rocky Mountains, and it is expected that the number of affected trees will continue to rise and spread. When the diseased trees fall, they decay and contribute to global warming. Additionally, as they dry out, they become prime targets for raging wildfires.

The idea of using beetle-kill wood in houses is growing in Western states. Obviously, the wood has to be cut so that there are no diseased parts included in the cuts. However, this is not difficult for experienced sawmills. Clients like the idea of using sustainable products while also helping the environment. While you might think that it could take a while for products like beetle-kill wood to make their way East, think again. With thousands of acres filled with beetle-killed hardwoods, there are numerous possibilities for beetle-kill wood to be available in all homes, either in construction or in furniture.

Watch the marketplace and listen for beetle-kill wood: it's coming soon.

St. Andrews from the Cathedral