After decades of industrial scale, clearcut logging on the Northwest coast, salvage logging is also the only truly sustainable way to acquire old growth wood. Salvage logging is the process of milling wood from trees that naturally fell or where land was cleared for other reasons and the wood was going to waste.The sheer volume and quality of wood that exists on the forest floor is staggering. Salvaging the best of it has allowed us to use clear, tight grain Sitka spruce in some of our top end, ultralight cores as well offset the amount of birch harvested for use in all of our cores.
This method requires an extraordinary amount of work, but we feel the benefits with every faceshot. We are glad to share our experiences with salvage logging and encourage others to give it a try for their next woodworking project. The quality and quantity of wood available to a motivated person with a chainsaw mill is astounding. Don’t hesitate to email or call us if you have any questions!
Selective harvesting is the future of Southeast Alaska’s timber economy. While clearcuts and round log timber exports still exist today, selective harvesting and value-added products are increasing in popularity because of their benefits to the economy and minimal disruption on forest ecosystems, which allows the forest to regenerate in a natural way.
What wood we don’t salvage is harvested in this fashion. Local, small-scale logging and milling operations provide a valuable product while maintaining careful watch over the resource. We couldn’t be any happier to support our sawyers, friends and neighbors in the sustainable timber industry.
Local conservation groups agree
“As a grass-roots non-profit that has advocated for sustainable forestry for over 40 years in the Chilkat Valley, Lynn Canal Conservation supports sustainable forestry and local value-added wood products. Fairweather Ski Works is a prime example of why small-scale timber harvest is important to the local economy and habitat. Locally made skis with local wood reduces fuel use in shipping and transporting materials and minimizes habitat destruction through small-scale timber selection that doesn’t require clear-cutting.”
-Katie Craney, Lynn Canal Conservation