Together with our partner American Forests, we are planting a new tree right here in America for every DutchCrafters order placed.
Our Core Value: Sustainability
We love selling solid wood furniture for its beauty, durability, and sustainability. This furniture, built with high-quality materials and construction techniques, should last for generations and become a family heirloom. Your purchase of long-lasting solid wood furniture means less cheap particle-board furniture that ends up in the landfill. This is a part of the slow furniture movement that we are proud to be a part of.
But solid wood furniture requires trees. Our work at DutchCrafters is intimately tied to forestry and the health of American trees. This is why we have published our Responsible Wood Sourcing Policy. With our commitment to sustainability, one of our core values along with authenticity, creativity, giving, and excellence, we want to ensure that trees are replaced and forest landscapes are restored.
The Benefits of Trees and Forests
The benefits of investing in our forests are clear to us. Trees create habitat for animals, improve air quality, cool the air temperatures, and even support better schools and safer neighborhoods. U.S. forests and forest products, including products made from wood, capture and store carbon dioxide emissions. This is imperative for keeping our carbon emissions in check.
Unfortunately, our forests across the country are at risk. Tree mortality rates have more than doubled in the Western U.S. since 1980 due to wildfire, pests, drought, and other stressors. Currently, as much as 26 percent (>55 million acres) of all National Forests is considered to be in poor or very poor forest condition.
Partnership with American Forests
For these reasons and more, we have partnered with American Forests to plant one tree for every DutchCrafters order. American Forests is the oldest national nonprofit conservation organization in the United States. Since 1875, they have been the pathfinders for creating healthy forests from coast to coast. In the early 1900s, they rallied forest advocates to champion the creation of the U.S. Forest Service. In 2018, their decade-long campaign came to fruition as Congress provided stable funding for preventing and fighting forest fires.
Where are the Trees Planted?
Our donations will fund the planting of trees in Minnesota’s Chippewa National Forest.
In total, this project will plant 430,000 red pine, jack pine, white pine, white spruce, tamarack, bur oak, red oak and white oak seedlings across the forest’s 667,000 acres.
About Chippewa National Forest
According to the USDA forest service, this National Forest was founded in 1908 as the “Minnesota National Forest.” However, 20 years later the name was changed to represent the Chippewa people who were native to the area. The forest is home to more lakes and wetlands than any other national forest in the country. You may find bald eagles, the eastern timber wolf, ruffed grouse, and the red squirrel in the forest.
The Lost Forty
The forest is home to a section of old-growth forest called “The Lost Forty.” Due to a mapping error, a 144-acre section of the forest was never logged, meaning some of the red and white pines in the area are nearly 400 years old!
Why Choose Chippewa National Forest?
A majority of the timber for our American-made furniture is sourced in the northeast and midwest United States. It’s only natural that we focus our reforestation in the same region of the country! In fact, oak wood is one of our most popular wood types for hardwood furniture so we’re thrilled to increase the tree-cover of bur oak, red oak, and white oak. Likewise, pine is our most popular wood for outdoor wood furniture. Pine is also a valuable tree for the native habitat of many wild animals, including the beautiful bald eagle. In fact, Chippewa National Forest offers one of the highest densities of breeding bald eagles in the continental United States!
A brutal 2012 windstorm, paired with pest outbreaks and diseases, has devastated the landscape in sections of Chippewa National Forest. This project’s 430,000 seedlings will restore habitat through a biodiverse mix of native trees. When combined with additional efforts to restore the forest’s health and improve hiking trails, this will transform the natural landscape for humans and animals alike. We’re thrilled to have this opportunity to do our part in contributing to this restoration.
We’re excited to make this next step in our commitment to sustainability and to supporting the health of American forests!