Cascade Handcrafted practices selective harvesting of trees for building log homes.
Selective harvesting means the selective removal of trees, undertaken in accordance with good arboricultural practices and good forestry practices. This form of felling allows for regrowth to thrive, and does not result in clear cutting.
Cascade Handcrafted Log Homes has worked with private property owners to select and harvest trees that have been blown over or are significantly leaning. This helps to clean up some windfall after B.C.’s fall and early spring windstorms. Selective harvesting the Western Red-cedar trees allows the light to shine through and give the undergrowth and new trees a chance to thrive. This forestry practice allows for the mature trees to stand and reduce carbon dioxide pollution. In one year a mature tree will absorb more than 48 pounds of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere and release oxygen in exchange.
The next time you take a deep breath of air give credit to a tree or hug a tree in thanks for what it gives us – the very air we breathe. At Cascade we believe in sustaining the environment for our air and wildlife as apposed to clear cutting and destroying natural tree growth.
The logs, with a beautiful late wood finish – found their way into the projects we’re working on destined for New Jersey, Ontario and Washington state where it will stand for potentially hundreds of years, rather than being processed to end up in an anomalous lumber rack.
Here’s the founder and owner/operator of Cascade Handcrafted Log Homes – Markus Dehaas showing how to hand fall a selective harvest – the old fashioned way!