Wood Products

In addition to ecological and social values, forests provide important economic values. The forest industry provides jobs for foresters, loggers, mill workers, and transport operators. Conventional wood products are made, including lumber, baseball bats, pallets, and firewood. You may also be excited to learn about the many new uses for wood, including cross-laminated timber, fabrics, and even ice cream!

A Wise and Warm Investment

Heather Hilson Wednesday, 21 October 2020

A Wise and Warm Investment

Have you ever thought about using an outdoor wood boiler to heat your home? For the past six years, Heather Hilson has used one to keep her house warm during the heating season in Upstate New York. In this week’s blog, Heather shares her experiences with installing, operating, and maintaining an outdoor wood boiler, including installation and operating costs.

Wood Does What?

Karl VonBerg Wednesday, 12 August 2020

Wood Does What?

When you think about wood products, is this what comes to mind? Check out what wood can do.

Catskill Baseball Bats

Andrew Krutz Wednesday, 27 March 2019

Catskill Baseball Bats

Catskill sugar maple trees are likely being used to make many of the baseball bats you will see in a Major League Baseball game.

A Valentine from the Heartwood

Tom Pavlesich Monday, 13 February 2017

A Valentine from the Heartwood

I was trying to think of a Valentine’s-inspired forest topic for today’s blog, but I wasn’t having much luck. Then I took a trip out to the wood pile, and I finally got some inspiration in the form of a small piece of heart-shaped wood.

Birch Bark Fire Starter

Tom Foulkrod Monday, 26 December 2016

Birch Bark Fire Starter

The bark of white birch (also called paper birch) is very flammable. Even wet, it ignites and burns brightly. If you've never put flame to a piece of it, I promise it will surprise you!

Buying Local Firewood Protects Local Forests

Brendan Murphy Monday, 31 October 2016

Buying Local Firewood Protects Local Forests

You’re probably familiar with “buy local,” the concept that buying goods and services made in your community helps your local economy. That applies for firewood too, but there’s more to it. Buying local firewood also helps protect your local forests, woodlands, and parks.

What Is So Amazing about a Real Christmas Tree?

Karl VonBerg Monday, 30 November 2015

What Is So Amazing about a Real Christmas Tree?

Earlier this fall I was walking a woods when I rounded a bend and came upon a field of Christmas trees. I walked up to one, and it was a gem of a tree. It had a deep green color, a nice cone shape with soft needles, and a rich balsam smell. In short, it was the perfect Christmas tree.

A Thanksgiving Break

Joshua VanBrakle Tuesday, 24 November 2015

A Thanksgiving Break

Warning! It’s the week of Thanksgiving, which means I’m feeling sentimental. By the time you read this, it’s likely I’ll be at home with my extended family.