Sheoga is located in Ohio’s Appalachian forest where nearly all of the timber used in the production of our hardwood flooring is harvested. As a whole, the Appalachian forest region comprises 12 states, 344 counties, and more than 65 million acres and is recognized for growing the finest quality hardwood found in the world. Information from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Inventory and Analysis through 2018 for the five states where most of our wood is sourced (Ohio, West Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky and Pennsylvania) found that there are 1.43 trees growing for every tree that is harvested or dies of natural causes across this region. Some forests in the region are maturing or have been impacted by insects or diseases. Sustainable partial harvesting allows these forests to regenerate healthy trees. The records show that the Appalachian forest region’s timber inventories and acreage have both expanded significantly during the past 50 years. This represents a resource that meets present needs without compromising those of future generations – the very definition of sustainability.
Many of our suppliers of hardwood timber are from a large rural Amish community, with some still engaged in the traditions of using horses to transfer logs to the sawmill. This method of log transport minimizes damage to young trees and soil and avoids the use of greenhouse-gas-emitting fossil fuels.
Mother Nature is responsible for air drying our lumber prior to kiln-drying, a process that can greatly reduce energy use and kiln-drying time.
A wood waste boiler fired with sawdust generated as a by-product from our manufacturing process is used to heat over 117,000 sq. ft. of manufacturing and showroom space. Our 220,000 BF-capacity dry kilns derive their heat from the same source, and excess sawdust is sold for animal bedding. Were it not for our wood waste boiler system, our estimated heating oil consumption would be around 250,000 gallons per year.
To demonstrate its commitment to sustainable forestry and responsible wood sourcing, Sheoga is honored to participate in NWFA’s Responsible Procurement Program (RPP) and to produce flooring under the RPP’s U.S. Renewing Forests label. We are one of only eight companies in the U.S. approved to post this distinction. Wood sourced and produced under this standard are eligible for LEED points for environmentally-conscious projects.View Our RPP Policy
The following are considered responsible sources within the context of this policy:
- FSC®-Certified wood from any country
- Wood harvested from states where growth exceeds removals (harvest) and mortality by volume
- Wood harvested by suppliers who have agreed to avoid the five types of unacceptable wood, as defined by FSC®
The U.S. Renewing Forests label was developed by the National Wood Flooring Association (NWFA) and represents an unprecedented partnership between a major forest products industry trade association and the environmental community. Under the RPP, Sheoga is committed to sourcing an ever-increasing percentage of our wood from forests that are certified according to the rigorous environmental and social standards of the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®). The RPP is designed such that the U.S. Renewing Forests label will ultimately be replaced by the FSC® label.
“FSC®-US recognizes and supports the Responsible Procurement Program as a valid incremental approach toward socially and environmentally responsible forestry.”
– Corey Brinkema, President, FSC® US
At the heart of the RPP is an alliance between NWFA and the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) U.S. FSC® is a not-for-profit organization that sets standards for environmentally and socially responsible forest management worldwide. These standards, in turn, guide the “green” certification of forests and forest products through a system of independent auditing. FSC® enjoys the support of most major environmental groups, including the World Wildlife Fund, The Nature Conservancy, National Wildlife Federation, Natural Resources Defense Council, Greenpeace, and the Sierra Club.
View Our FSC Controlled Wood Policy
To further our commitment to future generations, Sheoga Hardwood Flooring successfully passed our Forest Stewardship Council (FSC®) audit in December 2011 to become FSC® certified to produce flooring under the label FSC® Mix.
In order for wood flooring to qualify as controlled material to be used in our FSC®-certified products, the forests of origin must be considered to be at low risk for the following factors by environmental groups and other stakeholders:
- Illegal Logging
- Conversion of natural forests (to tree plantations or non-forest uses)
- Logging that threatens the conservation of rare or threatened species and ecosystems (“high-conservation value forest”)
- Use of genetically-modified organisms (GMOs)
- Logging that violates traditional or civil rights
*Note that Sheoga Hardwood Flooring is working with the loggers who supply our lumber to ensure that they understand these sensitive areas (high-conservation-value forests) to avoid harming them during harvesting. Traditions of careful logging and the use of partial cutting methods help ensure that conservation goals are met.