The Olympic Peninsula has been producing timber for the needs of the nation since the 1850’s, if not earlier.
"While it is vitally important that our region continue the hard work of diversifying its economy, it is clear that the timber industry has been and should continue to play a meaningful role. Our timber products are among the highest quality and are truly an abundant, renewable resource."
REPRESENTATIVE DEREK KILMER, Olympic Peninsula Economic Development Inititive,
January 14, 2014
Wood Products Play a Significant and Necessary Role in our Modern Economy
By making forest sustainability and innovation top priorities, the wood products industry will continue to be a significant employer and supporter of rural economies.
The environmental benefits associated with wood products— renewability, responsible forest practices and a light carbon footprint—are helping to strengthen markets for wood products, in turn stabilizing the wood industry's ability to create jobs and support local economies. Strong markets for wood products provide a financial incentive for landowners to invest in their forests and keep them healthy for future generations
Wood : The Sensible Revolution
Today's building codes recognize wood's safety and structural performance capabilities and allow its use in a wide range of building applications, from the light duty repetitive framing common in small structures to the larger and heavier framing systems used to build mid-rise/multi-story buildings, schools and arenas. This hasn't been lost on design professionals seeking to have it all—cost effectiveness, functionality, design flexibility, beauty and environmental performance who, through their collective projects, are leading a revolution toward the greater use of wood in non-residential and multi-family buildings.
From an article by reThinkWood.