Respecting and Extending
Our Wood Resource

Today's near-zero-waste sawmills use computers and sophisticated equipment such as laser-guided saws to get the most lumber out of each log. In fact, today's mill recover about twice as much lumber from each log as did mills at the turn of the century.

The wood fiber that is not usable as lumber is recovered and processed into other valuable products. These "by-products" of lumber manufacturing can become particleboard , oriented strandboard paneling, or other engineered-wood products. Byproducts are also used to fuel cogeneration plants which produce electricity for the sawmills. And wood fiber also is used to make such products as plastic filler, shoe polish, toothpaste, varnish, foam rubber, and much more!


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