A distinctive feature of Pacific Northwest homes, Douglas fir was the building material of choice for homes built in our region in the late 1800's and early 1900's, used for framing, flooring, and other applications both interior and exterior.
Douglas fir is still very commonly used for framing and is a popular choice for flooring, cabinetry, and butcher block surfaces. While it has the reputation of being a relatively soft wood, with the right care and maintenance Douglas fir can last generations, as shown by Portland’s bevy of century-old homes.
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We frequently receive inquiries about the sustainability of Douglas fir. Because of its structural integrity and characteristic beauty, this highly desirable species has been the focus of much industrial extraction over the last century, and as a result most of the old growth stands were long ago cleared and turned into the lumber that built America's cities and towns.
Because of this legacy, it is important that current and future harvesting of fir is done in a super-selective, sensitive manner that helps regenerate forest health.
Sustainable Northwest Wood works only with Douglas fir that has been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council™. This is the best indication that the wood products have been harvested in a sustainable manner. Additionally, much of our Douglas fir interior finishes, including our flooring, trim, and decorative beams, are harvested from forest restoration programs that are designed to promote and restore old growth conditions.
The locally harvested, FSC® certified Douglas fir products we keep in stock are: