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#1 posted 05-25-2010 01:01 AM

You can get responsibly harvested exotics, and like Lis says, not all domestic wood is sustainably harvested. Unfortunately, even if you ask questions at the lumberyard, they may not be able to give you a good answer.

Around here, there are several small sawyers who seem to acquire logs a few at a time which at least gives the appearance of either thinning or using yard trees that would be coming out anyway. The added bonus for me is that these suppliers are generally cheaper than the big suppliers.

PS. If you are so inclined, and have $10,000 floating around, you can invest in a tree farm in Central America. You are basically buying x number of trees of one of the species that they farm. Provided, lumber prices stay where they are at, your $10k turns into something like $100k. (I can’t remember the specifics.) You are probably not going to end up using that wood, but the way I look at it is that you can use exotics and not feel too bad about it because you are replacing the wood that you are using.

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