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Sustainability and Wood Products: An Oregon Forest and Mill Tour

September 19, 2012 – -


Portland, ORPortland, OR


As green building has evolved beyond its initial emphasis on operational energy efficiency, greater attention has been given to the choice of structural and finish materials and the degree to which they influence a building’s environmental impact. In particular, the use of wood from sustainably managed forests offers significant benefits when compared to materials that require large amounts of fossil fuels to manufacture—but how can design and building professionals be sure that the wood they specify comes from a sustainably managed resource? For architects and engineers in Oregon, the team at WoodWorks has created a special one-day forestry tour to demonstrate what makes Oregon forests such an incredible—and sustainable—resource.

The tour will begin with a visit to active timber lands where participants will experience modern logging, reforestation, wildlife habitat improvement and stream restoration. We’ll then follow the timber to one of Oregon’s modern and efficient sawmills to witness the production of studs and other dimensional lumber. Along the way, we’ll discuss forest certification programs and their differences, including the importance of having a ‘chain of custody’ process and how it works.

Understanding Today’s Forest Certification Systems
Mike Cloughesy, Director of Forestry, OFRI
Participants will be introduced to the major systems in use for Forest Certification in the Pacific Northwest. Similarities and differences between Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and American Tree Farm System (ATFS) will be reviewed. The international sustainable forestry guidelines, the Montreal Process, that form the common basis of these systems will also be reviewed.

Participants will tour Stimson’s forest lands and view sustainable forest management at the scale of a large landowner. Sustainable Forestry Initiative Certification and the Oregon Forest Practices Act and Rules will be discussed. Stops will include modern logging and reforestation. Wildlife habitat improvement and stream restoration will be discussed.

Participants will visit a modern, high efficiency sawmill that produces studs and dimension lumber. The tracking of the chain of custody for certified wood will be discussed and participants will learn how to best make specifying decisions based on forest certification programs.

Participants will visit a sustainable lumber supply center and learn about specifying local lumber for green building projects. Forest Stewardship Council Certification (FSC) will be discussed in detail as well as Sustainable Northwest’s efforts to connect producers and end-users focused on local and sustainable options.

Bus departs from Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc.

8:30 am – On-site check-in: Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc.

9:00 am – Depart

10:00 am – Tour: The Forest Through the Trees – Stimson Forestland Tour

12:00 noon – Lunch

1:00 pm – Mill Tour: High-Efficiency Stud & Dimensional Lumber Mill

3:00 pm – Tour: Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc.

4:00 pm – Tour concludes



WoodWorks is an approved AIA provider. Eligible attendees can earn 6 AIA/CES CEH credits (HSW/SD). Engineers and non-member architects will receive a certificate of completion for 6 PDH credits.

Extra Credit – Participants will have an opportunity to earn up to 4 additional credits through self-study. Materials will be distributed to attendees who choose to study and can complete credits online.

Free parking available.


19 September 2012
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Departs from Sustainable Northwest Wood, Inc.
225A SE Division Place
Portland, OR 97202 United States
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WoodWorks offers a wide range of in-person and online training opportunities, from Wood Design Symposiums that include concurrent seminars and a trade show, to half-day workshops, lunchtime seminars and webinars.