A Sustainable & Eco-Friendly Industry
At Maley & Wertz we support the programs of the USDA Forest Service and the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry. We recognize that the initiatives of these government agencies promote the health and economic welfare of the hardwood industry and those industries dependent on the high quality of harvested hardwood.
Forest management in Indiana has resulted in annual net timber growth more than twice the volume of harvested timber. In addition, according to the Hardwood Federation, hardwood industry forestry management has led to a 90% increase of hardwood stands in U.S. forests in the last fifty years. It is clear that the premium hardwood grown and harvested in Indiana and the Midwest will continue to be key to the manufacture of beautiful, durable furniture, cabinetry and building materials in the U.S. and internationally for generations to come.
Additionally, hardwood lumber production is an ecologically responsible industry. Trees are an agricultural product and their growth enhances air quality. The production of hardwood lumber generates a relatively low level of emissions and waste. In fact, at Maley & Wertz, scrap lumber and sawdust are used in a gasification process that powers our kilns and results in lower energy consumption and a cleaner burning process. And ultimately, finished hardwood and hardwood products are biodegradable.
Maley & Wertz is certified by the Indiana Hardwood Lumbermen's Association. We are committed to forest preservation and renewal, and we purchase lumber from forests where new timber growth significantly exceeds harvest.
Finally, Maley & Wertz promotes Green Building as defined by the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System for commercial and institutional buildings and the National Association of Homebuilders Green Building Program for residences. Both programs provide standards for buildings that are highly energy-efficient and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from both the building process and the building materials. It's impossible to build a zero-carbon-emission building without wood. Growing trees encapsulate carbon on a cellular level, so using wood results in a structure that does not emit carbon into the building itself or into the atmosphere.
"...hardwood industry forestry management has led to a 90% increase