Forest Stewardship

Leslie in FSC forest of tall trees

We believe it is imperative, and moral, to manage forests so that
wood may be harvested in perpetuity without reducing the health of that forest or its dependent creatures.
We buy lumber from those who share this vision.

The Forest Stewardship Council

In 1993, a group of industry, community, and environmental groups from 25 countries founded the Forest Stewardship Council. The Council developed standards for managing healthy forests and a system to verify to people that the wood they buy comes from healthy, well-managed forests.

Kane Forest, waterway cover


Forest owners and managers can develop plans for tracts of timberland that fulfill the standards of the Forest Stewardship Council and apply for certification. The Council accredits independent third parties to certify that the operation and management of that forest complies with these approved plans. An auditor reviews the plans and the operations annually. Wood from these forests can be labeled as FSC Certified.

logs from certified forest in Kane yard

Sources of our Lumber

Forest Stewardship Council certified cherry, maple, and mahogany lumber is available and we buy it--with rare exception.

Our primary supplier for cherry and maple is Collinswood.

Walnut is not so readily available certified, because of its scattered habits of growth and special distribution system. Irion Lumber selects for color, grade, and dimension, but cannot provide certification.

Mesquite is an odd and peripheral case. In the brush country where it grows, forest management does not compute.

Genuine Mahogany is endangered in much of its Central and South American range.
We only use FSC certified mahogany.

bundle of FSC mahogany lumber in the shop