People are getting interested in buying local products as it support the producers and the money goes back into the community. The message is use wood, and where possible use local Ontario grown wood.
Not everyone realizes what huge contributions forestry makes to the Ontario economy and to the health of our environment.
“Jan Woodlands are doing some Ontario Wood "on product" labeling of the Pressure Treated Red Pine that we supply to stores like RONA,” said Larry McTaggart of Jan Woodland (2001) Inc., which is now part of Lebel Cambium.
“On the label we identify the Ontario mill, Freymond Lumber, Bancroft or Ben Hokums and Sons Ltd., Killaloe, that produced the rough sawn red pine we use and the Ontario mill, Jan Woodlands in Bancroft, where we added the extra value by dressing and treating the red pine.”
Wood is treated to protect it against rot and insect damage and therefore extend the life of the lumberand the time the carbon in the wood is locked up.
It is getting easier to find local wood. The green leaf Ontario Wood logo is about making it easier to identify wood produced or processed in Ontario, but it is still a bit of a treasure hunt. Make sure you ask where the wood comes from, what quality it is and if it comes from sustainably managed forests.