The environmental benefits of a live tree are far-reaching and varied. The canopies reduce electricity costs by providing summer shade; the root systems reduce soil erosion as well as capture stormwater run-off; the trunk wood stores carbon. When a tree has to be removed, it is a loss to not only the local environment, but also the global environment.
SFTW strives to honor trees that need to be removed by re-using its products in the best way possible. If the job site allows it, we build aesthetically pleasing habitat piles to increase soil content and control erosion, as well as provide homes for small animals. If we chip the wood, this provides an excellent mulch to be used in garden projects. Mushroom logs can be created from the tree parts that are too large to chip, as well as firewood for the winter months that are always around the corner.
The main trunks of larger trees can be especially useful for the thriving local woodworking community. Working closely with local sawyers, a beautiful tree that had to be removed can continue into a new life as a product of fine woodworking. Contact us for additional information.
WNC Firewood Guy hauls the large, un-millable hardwood trunk pieces away to split and process for many of the woodfired restaurants in the area.
Whenever possible, allowing a trunk to remain standing is an excellent way to provide further habitat and food for the local ecosystem. To maximize a standing spar’s ecosystem, we can install a custom SFTW Bat Box. Explore our Friendly Links page for more on the endless benefits of the presence and encouragement of bats on your property.
If a tree part cannot be re-used in the many ways listed above, we partner with Psycho Chicken Eco Farm and their practice of Huglekulture to help provide soil nutrients for years of future growing potential!