We are surrounded by wood. Wood is in our houses as furniture, flooring, cabinetry and more.
Our houses are built of wood. Yet, while we see trees removed from our own neighborhoods every year, most of the wood in our homes came from west of the Rockies, north of the Ohio River, Asia, or even South America.
Buying wood that grew in Athens is better for the community than buying imported wood.
Buying local wood creates jobs, reduces fossil fuel consumption for transportation, and cycles
money back into the local economy. Buying urban wood, salvaged from a responsible tree removal company, reduces the burden on landfills, removes and stores carbon, and guarantees that the wood came from a sustainable source.
Local wood production creates local jobs including Sawmill Operations, Millworks, Kilns, and Warehousing. It further supports Carpenters, Designers, and Green Builders. In Athens, a final wood product can be found within a few miles of the tree it came from, having traveled less than 30 miles on the road. Local spending has an exponential positive effect on the local economy. It reduces our imported goods and increases our potential exports, drawing money into the community.
When wood products are needed, community trees continue to provide value to Athens as a sustainable lumber resource, an economic commodity, and a local connection.