Our nation’s forests are critically undermanaged leaving them vulnerable to redevelopment. Traditionally, the building products industry has negatively contributed to the health of our natural environments, but sustainable forest management and the products that add economic incentive to such management are changing the landscape. Project teams have the opportunity to help reverse the course of ecosystem destruction by specifying products that are removed during the restoration of forests and rangelands. By specifying these materials, architects, designers, and corporate purchasers can take an active role in transforming the built environment towards a restorative and regenerative future.
This session will focus on exploring how products from forests and rangelands are improving ecosystems and being used to construct our built environment. Panelists will discuss the current state of forests, the incredible material properties of wood, sustainable and restorative management practices, and how wood product use in commercial construction can add economic incentive and drive ecosystem regeneration.