What You Can Do To Lighten Your Carbon Footprint

Consume Smart, Consume Natural, Consume Wood.

Pick paper instead of plastic: . This age-old debate happens every time you go to the supermarket.  Paper is the better choice; wood is a 100% renewable and recyclable resource.(1)  When a tree becomes a wood or paper product it continues to store carbon.(2)

Use Wood For Your Building Needs.  Wood offers more product for less energy. Compared to alternative building materials — cement, glass, steel or aluminum — wood is more energy efficient:

  • 5 times more energy for one ton of cement
  • 14 times more energy for one ton of glass
  • 25 times more energy for one ton of steel
  • 126 times more energy for one ton of aluminum (3)


What You Can Do To Keep Forests And Communities Safe

Protect your home and the community: Provide 100 feet of defensible space from all buildings and structures as well as support policies that require wooded communities to create buffer zones and fuel breaks around communities at risk. (4)

Protect the forest: Support policies that promote health and fire resiliency in our forest lands, including brush removal, thinning and harvest practices that encourage healthy trees.

Forest thinning helps spare some homes

Encourage reforestation: Support incentives for replanting and restoring forests after wildfires. Reforestation removes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

Be prepared: Support adequate fire suppression/readiness funding and fire response policies in conjunction with forest fire prevention measures to contain mega-fires during the initial attack, to help limit the number, size, cost and negative environmental effects of mega-fires.

Know the facts: Support the use of fire under appropriate conditions, as a forest management tool to reduce fuel loads. While prescribed burnings result in some emissions, they substantially reduce the risk of emissions associated with uncharacteristic wildfires.

  1. California Forest Products Commission, “Global Thinking Needed for American Forests — Domestic activism has ignored the global implications of severe harvesting restrictions here in the states.”  July 7, 2004
  2. Patrick Moore, Ph.D., “Forest Management: Part of the Climate Change Solution,” California Forests Winter 2006: 8-9
  3. APA — The Engineered Wood Association, “Engineered Wood and the Environment: Facts & Figures” http://www.apawood.org_levelb.cfm?content=8rv_env_facts.html
  4. Public Resource Code 4291 on the home page of www.fire.ca.gov
  5. Wildland fire statistics, 2007, National Interagency Fire Center, http://www.nifc.gov/fire_info/fire_stats.htm
  6. Protecting Communities and Saving Forests p.3, Thomas M. Bonnicksen, The Forest Foundation, 2007.
  7. Greenhouse Gas Equivalences Calculator|Clean Energy|US EPA, http://www.epa.gov/solar/energy-resources/calculator.html