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29 years on, Wood-Mizer's environmentalist claims ring true
Wood-Mizer's thin kerf technology continues to stand amongst genuine, environmentally friendly concepts in today's temple of 'green' credentials.
Wood-Mizer's claim to membership of this 'environmentally friendly' group stems from actions taken 29 years ago when Dan Tekulve and Don Laskowski invented a mobile band sawmill that emitted less sawdust and delivered more lumber, in general giving an extra board per log.
Wood-Mizer has always sought to be a good steward of the environment.
It feels it has fulfilled this by what the founders set out to do with their thin-kerf, portable mills. Consequently, tangible and measurable environmental benefits are achieved with the mills.
There is some controversy regarding greenhouse emissions and global warming. However, few disagree that where greenhouse gases can be reduced, especially with little difficulty or expense, they ought to be.
Portable sawmills play an important role in some of the carbon mitigation strategies many believe to be critical in reducing atmospheric carbon.
For example, portable sawmills often process raw materials that otherwise would be left to rot, burn, be buried in landfills or, at best, processed into chips. All these eventually release carbon into the atmosphere. By converting these materials into lumber, the durable wood products emit less carbon and thereby minimise contributions to greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.
Use of the thin kerf technology decreases the number of trees felled to deliver a given volume of boards or cants. Therefore more trees are allowed to remain standing and continue to 'scrub' carbon from the air and release oxygen, further contributing to atmospheric health.
Thin kerf sawmill operators often report yields above scale, ranging from between 30 to 200% depending on the length and quality of logs processed. By producing more lumber and less sawdust from a log, less carbon is released. The technology allows woodland owners an option for a more profitable business while also enhancing the environment. Land best used for growing trees is optimised by managing to not only earn desirable income but not detract from wildlife habitat, nor diminish watersheds and contribute to atmospheric health.
This information is taken from a published article written by Jack Petree, a freelance writer who focuses on environmental issues.
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