Sound Cedar Company has made a promise to lower our carbon footprint by supporting the harvest of
renewable forest products. We have been partnering with mills for over 28 years whose strict guidelines
for ensuring sustainable harvested timber have ranked them as “World Leaders in Forest Management.”
Here in the Northwest, forest management groups have also preserved and maintained a 1,000 year-old
Western Red Cedar tree. If you ever lay eyes on this piece of living history, your appreciation for nature
and it’s resources are sure to intensify. Sound Cedar Company shares this appreciation, and buying
from us helps reduce your own carbon footprint, letting nature supply your building products.
The Value of a Properly Managed Forest
During the process of photosynthesis, trees are able to capture CO2 from the air and combine it with the
water they get from the soil to produce the organic material, wood. This process also produces the
oxygen that we, and all animal life relies upon.
Harvesting trees as they mature allows much of their carbon to be stored throughout the life of the resulting
wood products. And for every mature tree harvested, 7 seedlings are planted in its place. These seedlings
are not only managed to ensure healthy growth for future harvestings, some become food for deer and elk.
Production and processing of wood is highly energy-efficient, giving wood products an ultra-low carbon
footprint. Wood can often be used in substitution of materials like steel, aluminum, concrete or plastics,
which require large amounts of energy to produce. There is no other commonly used building material that
requires so little energy to produce as wood.
Whether you’re building a deck or building a home, using Western Red Cedar from Sound Cedar
Company ensures that your lumber has been sourced from a legal and sustainable forest. It also ensures
continued efforts to respect fish & wildlife habitat, biodiversity, soil, water quality & streams, making
Cedar available for generations of builders to come.