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US Hardwoods: Growth, Abundance, and Sustainability

Posted on August 14, 2023


The Flourishing State of American Hardwoods and Their Role in Flooring

In the silent embrace of our nation’s woodlands, there exists a tale not of depletion but of abundance. For those who find their hearts weighed with concerns about the stripping of our magnificent trees for the sake of polished floors beneath our feet, the narratives painted by the United States Forest Service offer a soothing solace. The guardians of our arboreal treasures, the US Forest Service, tell us that the whispers of our hardwoods falling silent are unfounded. Each sunrise that paints the American skies sees our forests richer by nearly ten billion cubic feet of hardwood, with their canopies reaching ever skyward. While the seasons do bestow their growth, a heartening part of this expansion is the symphony of new saplings stretching towards the heavens, taking the place of their elders who’ve been invited to meld with our homes. And yet, the lumber we beckon from these woods each year stands at a humble six billion cubic feet. The verdant heart of our nation pulsates, growing in both volume and strength. One could even say, based on whispers from those who’ve watched these forests over long decades, that their majesty has nearly doubled in the past half-century. Yet, the soils upon which these trees grow, and the rains that kiss their leaves, are not uniform in their blessings. Thus, while some species stand tall in numerous ranks, others are sprinkled sparingly. It’s a dance of nature that has crowned the red and white oak as the monarchs of our forests, with their numbers accounting for more than half of our hardwoods. Their abundant presence, like nature’s own recommendation, has made them the desired choice for floors that echo with stories. The poplar and maple trees, too, sing their own abundant chorus. And it’s their resilience, their ability to gracefully withstand the rhythm of sanding and polishing, that makes them, and others, enduring partners in the dance of our domestic lives.

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