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that farming, fishing and forestry
have been indispensable to New
England's landscape and economy,
Massachusetts Department of
Agriculture Commissioner Scott Soares
unveiled the new Quality Seal for
Forest Products before environmental,
agricultural and forestry officials as well
as industry leaders and local well-wishers gathered at Heyes Forest
Products in Orange, MA.
The Quality Seal for Forest Products
is intended to replicate the success
of the Buy Local campaign for food
products with locally grown and
harvested forest products.
“Forest products have always been part of
a rich, diverse agricultural history in
Commissioner Soares commented. “Commonwealth Quality provides
consumers an assurance that they are receiving a product that was
harvested and manufactured in
practices that promote responsible land management.”
"What we hope it will do is
provide the industry the ability
to increase its marketability based
on the standards of operation
they employ,” Soares added.
The seal will also be made
available for locally grown
and sustainably harvested
science for The Nature Conservancy
wood products help support local foresters
and harvesters, and encourages family
forest owners to keep their forest as
forest and protect wildlife habitat.
“Some areas of our state are 90 percent
forested with many small communities tucked into vast swaths of
canopy cover,” Finton explained.
“We have over 3 million acres of forest in
Relative to our size, we’re the eighth most forested state.”
"One advantage we owe to our forests is exceptional
water quality. Towns like
on reservoirs that are shielded by the Berkshire forests,”
Finton stated. “Our water in
by forests around the Quabbin reservoir. And these
forests also sequester large amounts of carbon.
In fact, forests in the Northeast absorb 12 to 15 percent
of the carbon put into our atmosphere.”
“With so many landowners living in such close proximity
to desirable forestland, development pressures are intense.
The need for both protection and good stewardship is essential,” Finton stated.
“The Nature Conservancy has long believed that the forest products economy
is an important part of the conservation equation, and we see the Commonwealth
Quality program as a useful strategy for sustainable forest resource management
designated Commonwealth Quality suppliers,
spoke of the future of farms and forests in
being dependent on developing a demand for local products.
Heyes’ 42-year-old wholesale and retail business sells
2.5 million feet of lumber and specialty products locally,
as well as around
“Very little of the wood each of us consumes in
is locally grown,” Heyes commented. “Less than 5% of wood
products purchased in
but cut into logs, pulp and residuals and representing
the average annual usage of forest products for each and
every person, each year. Also displayed next to the tree
was a pile of boards equal to the board feet in that tree,
and on top of that pile a very small pile of boards equal
to the 5% of our needs we now source locally.
David Short of Amherst Woodworking & Supply, Inc.
in Northampton, another Commonwealth Quality supplier,
spoke of the difference between the carbon footprint created from the molding and
flooring manufactured within 40 miles which had been logged, sawn, dried and
supplied from Heyes Forest Products versus
products grown in China such as bamboo -
which is actually a grass. Short explained that
these products are marketed as “green”
despite the fact that the bamboo is grown
where there is little to no environmental
standards and is a highly industrialized
product that has an enormous carbon
footprint due to its transport to markets
around the globe.
Additional Commonwealth Quality suppliers,
not present, include Gurney’s Sawmill, East Freetown, Specialty Wood Products in
and W. R. Robinson Lumber, Wheelwright.
Following the presentation, state officials,
foresters and other visitors boarded a bus
for a tour of a one of the many forested
areas owned by Heyes that is protected
under a state Fisheries and Wildlife
conservation restriction, and enrolled in the
Chapter 61 tax program. The 357 acre parcel,
harvested regularly during the last 20 years had
been thinned three years earlier and provided
an excellent demonstration of the long-term
land management he practices for an increasing
forest crop assuring also the protection of both
water quality and wildlife habitat.
brand for Massachusetts grown, harvested
and processed products - using practices that
are safe, sustainable and don’t harm the
Sunday, June 26, 2011
“Buy Local” Quality Seal for Forest Industry Announced at Heyes Forest Products in Orange, MA
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Location: Orange, MA, USA