Sustainable Forestry Archive

We Are Now FSC Certified!

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
"The FSC trademarks provide a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy come from responsible sources" -Forest Stewardship Council

“The FSC trademarks provide a guarantee to consumers that the products they buy come from responsible sources” -Forest Stewardship Council

2013 was a fantastic year for Crossroads Recycled Lumber.  We finally were able to shake the drag of the shattered economy, and our investment in infrastructure and marketing over the last two years really paid off.  One of the more exciting new developments here is that Crossroads is now certified by the Forest Stewardship CouncilTM!

What Is FSC Certification?
The Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) is an international organization that helps consumers protect the world’s forests by providing certification that sourcing for lumber products is environmentally appropriate, socially responsible, and economically viable for the world’s forests and the communities that depend on them.  FSC certifies forests, as well as vendors of forest products down the “chain of custody,” from lumber yards to paper mills.

What changes does FSC certification mean for Crossroads’ business practices?  Just a lot more paperwork for our office staff!  Crossroads Recycled Lumber has been providing lumber products that surpass the FSC standards since we began in 1981. But for our customers, FSC certification is a third party guarantee of our dedication to preservation and sustainable forestry.  And lumber certified as FSC Recycled garners twice the LEED points as regular FSC. (more…)

Big Timbers from Forks, Washington

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

At Crossroads we often document the historical origin of our material. It can be a challenging task to get an accurate history about structures and businesses that have been dismantled. We recently had an order for one of our large timbers from furniture maker William Stranger.  William was thrilled with the beauty of the wood and wanted to know its story.

Russ Gammon, Marc Mandel, & John Hunt

Russ Gammon (IGL) Marc Mandel (CRL) and John Hunt at a McMillan Bloedell Sawmill teardown in Port Alberni, BC 1996

In this case, Marc Mandel, owner of Crossroads, was the perfect data source. When asked about the history of the lumber he responded from memory,

“That 12x18x24’ Fir timber has an interesting story.  It originally came from Forks, Washington on the Olympic Peninsula.  We called the wood the “Forks Clear”.  In 1995, a friend in the reclaimed wood business, John Hunt (ReTech Wood Products) was hiking in the woods and spotted some old mossy logs that loggers had left long ago. (more…)

Rescued Blue-Stained Pine Lumber from Local Standing Dead

Tuesday, June 5th, 2012
Striking Blue-Stained Pine Paneling, Freshly Milled

Striking Blue-Stained Pine Paneling, Freshly Milled.  Note the bug holes at top right.

We’d like to share with you some inventory with a very different look. Our Blue-Stained Pine is unique in that it is some of our only inventory that is not reclaimed and recycled lumber, but rather rescued.

Source

In the Sierra Nevada foothills where the Crossroads Lumber yard is located, there is a Western Bark Beetle epidemic. Driving up Road 225 in North Fork, visitors to Crossroads can see hundreds of standing dead and dying Sugar Pine, Ponderosa Pine, and Douglas Firs in the Sierra National Forest behind our yard.

These dying trees will become a fire hazard, and so Crossroads has taken action to procure some of the standing dead trees before they rot and are no longer usable lumber.  We feel this is the most environmentally appropriate action to take.

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Woody Biomass Guys Visit CRL

Thursday, February 2nd, 2012

Last summer a couple guys came to the North Fork Millsite “investigating options for the processing of woody biomass from local forests.” They took a tour of our yard and learned about reclaimed lumber! Read their blog about the visit here!

Inventory of reclaimed lumber, Photo credit: Woody Biomass Utilization