For every tree that is cut down and turned into veneer, plywood, clad- ding, or other wood products for flooring, fixtures, or millwork in a
store, Hardwood Forestry Fund’s team of
foresters is ready to replace it.
The replanting efforts of the nonprofit educational foundation were put in
motion 24 years ago by another team—
a group of executives from companies
that use hardwood in their everyday business. They wanted to do something to produce the next generation of harvestable
timber for the U.S., says Matthew Windt,
administrator of the Hardwood Forestry
“They said, ‘Here we are cutting down all
these trees and putting them in retail stores
and homes, with no replanting engine.’ And
so the fund was born to replant the next 100
years of harvestable timber,” Windt says.
At the time, the industry relied primarily on natural regeneration. Since 1990,
HFF has planted nearly 5 million hardwood
trees on public land across the country
through grants to public natural resource
partners such as state forestry agencies.
At Syracuse Wildlife Management Area in Iowa, American Walnuts are being planted. As the soil
is ripped, a forester inserts seedlings. The cheapest and most efficient stock to plant, seedlings
cost around 60 cents each. HFF is funding this project to help meet the current high demand
for this species.
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thousands of acres
of commercial-quality wood that
A.R.E. members are
using every day.”