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Frame Hardwoods purchases all of our lumber from sources located on the North American continent and within 300 miles of our facility.  Over 95% of all hardwood timber produced from US forests is produced from forests that are privately owned and managed timberlands. Frame Hardwoods does not import raw material from foreign countries or engage in environmentally wasteful ocean and rail shipping practices that require transportation of raw material over 300 miles.

Frame Hardwoods’ manufacturing facility has been inspected by the State of Michigan Environmental Protection Agency and is 100% compliant with all emission requirements and Clean Water /Stream Water Run Off statutes. Solid Hardwood flooring production from our facility is "Carbon-neutral", and has the lowest “Life Cycle Assessment" (LCA) cost of any flooring material.  Frame Hardwoods' products are all 100% solid hardwood.  We do not use glues or adhesives to bond together layers of wood.  A comprehensive independent study completed in 2007 (University of Wisconsin at Madison WI.) of solid hardwood flooring, its life cycle, and its impact on our environment is available at the National Wood Flooring Associations web site: http://www.nwfa.org.

Our facility is operated as a 100% "VOC free" production facility.  All of our finishes are “VOC free”, contain NO LEAD, formaldehyde, chemicals or substances that have been determined to be harmful to animals or to humans. All bi-products are contained within protective storage structures with all hardwood chips and sawdust recycled into bio-fuel pellets that use baking soda for a bonding agent. Any potential hazardous waste (cleaning material) is properly disposed of through licensed hazardous waste recycle companies.  Lumber is brought to our facility using regional trucking companies that must conform to US vehicle safety and emission standards.  We do not utilize ocean transportation/dock /loading/rail transportation to obtain materials.  All of our employees are citizens of the United States and have received technical training on our equipment and its safe and efficient use.

The entire Eastern US Forest region has been certified, by the US Forest Service, as a “Sustainable Yield Resource”.  This forest region has a re-growth rate that exceeds 2.29 trees for every tree harvested. All of the raw material used in our facility originate from this region.  Most private timberland log sales are monitored by a regional forester as well by legal bills of sale.  Any displacement of soil that might cause erosion is monitored and inspected by local Environmental Protection Agencies.  This close monitoring process insures that log harvest is controlled and limited to prevent soil erosion, water run off, and stream pollution. Hardwood timberland in North America is treated as a renewable crop with only select trees being harvested in State forests and on private timberlands.   All states offer timber management surveys and consultation from Department of Natural Resource personnel, State University Forestry programs, Technical Research programs, National Forest Research laboratories, and independent foresters.   We purchase large volumes of lumber from sawmills located in the State of Wisconsin. All 10 state forests and the majority of Wisconsin's county owned forests are dual certified under the Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) as well as the Verified Sustainable classification from the US Forest Service.    Over 2 million acres of non-industrial private lands are certified under the American Tree Farm System, with an additional 494,000 acres of industrial forest land enrolled in both SFI and FSC programs.

HISTORIC INFORMATION ON US HARDWOOD FORESTS:

By 1900, forests in Wisconsin, Michigan, Indiana and parts of Ontario had been "cut over" with a goal of agricultural usage for the land. Today, a majority of those original forest areas have been restored to their original state with forests in Michigan growing at a rate exceeding 1.6 cubic feet of material being grown for every 1 cubic foot harvested. All forest lands within the area we obtain lumber have been proven a Sustainable Forest Resource by the volume of regrowth achieved in less than a 1/2 century. The United States Department of Agriculture has certified these forests as a "Sustainable Resource" under current forest management practices.  Between 1950 and 2006, the amount of hardwood timber in the Eastern US has more than doubled.  The Hardwood Federation and the American Hardwood Export Council are working closely and in complete cooperation with proactive environmental groups to promote legal sales of timber and recognized environmentally sound harvest of natural resources.

LEGISLATIVE ACTIONS AND THE FUTURE

The House of Representatives and a Senate subcommittee have added The Lacey Act to the Farm Bill.  The Lacey Act prohibits importation into the United States of illegally harvested timber or products from illegally harvested timber.  This act will begin being enforced during 2009 and should help curtail illegally harvested timber and flooring products from being sold into the USA    FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification has been a 15-20 year process that was designed to try and bring manufacturers into alignment with conservation groups and international concern with theft of timber from private and government owned land in 2nd and 3rd world countries.  The primary goals of FSC are to document the chain of possession for timber and lumber products to insure to the consumer that FSC Certified products originate from a resource that has been legally obtained. If you are considering purchasing flooring that is manufactured outside of the United States or flooring that is manufactured from lumber resources that originate outside of North America, FSC is the Gold Standard for judging if the foreign supplier has met the criteria necessary to establish the origin of the raw material used to make product.  Having certification does not mean the product is certified unless each package of flooring has a certification label/stamp.   Many larger manufacturers obtain timber from other countries and continue to disregarded not only these initiatives, but continue flagrant violations of international laws concerning harvest, transportation and legal payment for property.  http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/03/31/AR2007033101287_2.html is a link to an article from the Washington Post concerning these practices.   http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/americas/7360258.stm is research done by the BBC on South American Forests and deforestation.   Fraudulent labeling and misleading marketing of "GREEN" claims make most certifications of products from foreign countries suspect.  While the Federal Trade Commission has the power to investigate, "Green" stamps on products should be investigated by the consumer. Bamboo flooring has been promoted and sold to US consumers as a “GREEN” and environmentally friendly product. While there are a few applications for applying a "green" label to specifically harvested and processed bamboo, the article link supplied will shed some light on this flooring and the practices used to fool American consumers about bamboo: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/09/bamboo_flooring.php

 
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Frame Hardwoods Inc, manufactures premier 3/4" Pre-finished Solid Hardwood Flooring that resembles: reclaimed plank flooring, reclaimed hardwood floors, antique plank flooring, tavern plank flooring, old barn plank floors, English oak floors, vintage plank floors and traditional floors.