Redwood Technical Data Sheet: Pitch Bleed

While Redwood is generally free of pitch and resin, from time-to-time some minor pitch bleeding may occur, particularly when Redwood surfaces are exposed to high temperatures. To help deal with minor pitch bleeding, please download our Redwood Technical Data Sheet: Pitch Bleed.

Enjoy the Humboldt Redwood Deck at the IndyCar® Season Finale

Visit the ALL NEW real, strong Humboldt Redwood deck at Sonoma Raceway. Enjoy shade and food service during the IndyCar® Season Finale, August 28 – 30! For tickets visit RaceSonoma.com.  Don’t miss out on this exciting experience!

NEW Forestry Vignette Videos!

Humboldt Redwood invites you to learn more about our Forestry Management operations by viewing our NEW series of informational videos. Shot entirely on location in Humboldt and Mendocino Counties on company property and featuring company employees, these videos offer a compelling snapshot into our day-to-day Forestry Management operations. Below is a video about our Old Growth conservation. We hope you enjoy the video and return to watch all six videos!

Trees Are the Answer

Everybody loves trees, so why are they so controversial? Patrick Moore with Prager University untangles the knotty issue of “deforestation” and shows how, from a purely environmental perspective, it is possible and desirable to grow more trees and use more wood products.

Prager University is a virtual institution of higher learning with one unique feature — all of its courses are only 5 minutes. Patrick Moore, Ph.D., is the Chairman of Ecology, Energy, and Prosperity with Canada’s Frontier Centre for Public Policy. Dr. Moore is a co-founder and former long-time leader of Greenpeace. Dr. Moore has been a leading scholar in the international environmental field for over 40 years.

On Redwood and INhouse

“The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always… It’s not only their unbelievable stature, nor the color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”

– John Steinbeck

The redwoods are a species of tree that are native to the western United States. Included in the family of redwoods are some of the largest and tallest tress in the world.

When made into lumber, the inherent beauty of the tree shows in many different hues and grains, with each piece unique in its composition. Add to that its ease of workability and a natural resistance to insects, fires and warping, one is left with an all-around beautiful, versatile and sustainable building material.

INhouse, with its drive for a sustainable and a naturally high-performance building, employs Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified redwood in its decking and siding. Because the material is locally sourced, it will have a short distance to travel to get to the construction site – a natural material choice for a California home. Upon installation, the material will begin its role in maintaining the longevity and flow of the house. The tannins in the wood do this by keeping the wood dry, fire-resistant, and resilient to the decay and damage.

In these ways, intelligent design choices begin to merge with the aesthetic and practical desires of a space, and manifest it within a single material. Oiled or natural, living or lumber, the redwood will continue its legacy of grandness, and put us another step closer to a sustainable standard.

Deep gratitude goes to Big Creek Lumber and Humboldt Redwood Lumber for providing the lumber for INhouse, and to the California Redwood Association for the connections.

This Article was originally posted on We Are Solar Cal Poly.

Coho Salmon’s Survival in California Faces an Upstream Swim

Salmon, coho salmon, California, California drought, Mendocino Redwood Company, Mendocino county, fisheriesThe fishing industry is worth $1.5 billion in California, but it has been long under threat for a bevy of reasons. The rapid post-war development throughout the Golden State was one massive factor in starting the rapid decline in the size of California’s fisheries. The ongoing California drought is another reason why many of the once ubiquitous species of fish are endangered and are close to disappearing altogether.

Not that the state of California has turned a blind eye to the problem. True, the fishing sector is a tiny one when the state’s entire economy is measured, but it is one important to many rural communities as both commercial and recreational fishing is the lifeline for many small towns and remote areas. To that end, California has invested at least a quarter billion dollars in habitat restoration over the past decade in an attempt to revive fish species including steelhead trout and several varieties of salmon.

But the latest drought still poses a threat to California’s fish. One species, the coho salmon, was once a large part of the state’s salmon industry. But starting in the 1970s,their numbers rapidly dwindled, and only 1 percent of the species’ historic population exists. While conservationists have done an admirable job trying to revive the coho, they are on the losing end of this fight. In Northern California, the growth of marijuana farms issiphoning off water that would have otherwise sufficed for salmon habitat.

If species such as the coho have even a fighting chance of surviving in California, then the efforts of companies such as the Mendocino Redwood Co. (MRC) are important.

MRC manages about 350 square miles (907 square kilometers) of forestland in “treehugger” country, Mendocino and Sonoma counties. These lands are slathered in coastal redwoods and Douglas firs. Its sister company, Humboldt Redwood Co. (HRC), manages about the same amount of land farther north, in uber-treehugger country. Both companies have promised to be better stewards of these forests than the lands’ previous owners, which had scored permits for clear-cutting some of its acreage years earlier. MRC and HRC have promised transparency, more selective cutting and adopting measures that are more ecological in order to produce long-term sustainable timber supplies.

One program-involved land surrounds Greenwood Creek in Mendocino County, one of the many watersheds that fall on MRC’s land. In the late 19th century, a dam was built at the creek’s mouth. Industrial logging through the 20th century further damaged the local ecosystem, and an area once home to schools of coho salmon became bereft of the species.

The biggest problem was that the creek and streams feeding into the waterway had become ridden with sediment. To that end, MRC partnered with various state agencies and other organizations to reduce the amount of sediment in over 225,000 acres, which the company says resulted in 17,000 cubic yards (13,000 cubic meters) of sediment diverted from Greenwood Creek.

As a result, coho salmon have returned to the area. The local press has reported sightings of 60 to 70 young salmon in streams from which they had been absent for 50 years. Meanwhile the coho salmon population in Mendocino County almost quadrupled between 2010 and 2013, when latest figures are available. The coho are not out of the woods yet — but they are returning to these woods in Northern California, and are offering hope that the California fishing industry can not only survive, but thrive in the long run.

This article was originally posted on Triple Pundit.

Turn your Deck into an Outdoor Oasis

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A deck is perhaps the most versatile fixture on a home’s exterior. I like to think of it as a blank canvas, ready to project whatever postcard-perfect image you have in mind. With the growing popularity of outdoor living rooms, many homeowners now see their decks in a new light: the outdoor oasis.

There are a number of small touches and design elements that can help transform the look and feel of your outdoor deck space without a lot of investment or effort. What’s more, defining your outdoor oasis with redwood will give you lasting beauty and unparalleled durability that can change with your own tastes and needs over time.

Accentuate the positive. Take a look and identify some of the features you want to highlight in the space: Is there a stairway leading to the surrounding landscape? In-deck pool or Jacuzzi? Breathtaking views? Defining where you want to focus on will help you make the most of your budget and existing assets. This is reinforced through carefully-placed accessories such as planters and accent tables. Depending on the design, it’s easy to create pieces that are movable or built-in. With its natural strength and stability, redwood is a great lumber to use for all accents.

Eliminate the negative. When identifying your assets, consider potential liabilities on the space as well: Is one side of the deck a little close to the property line? Is there a time of day when the deck is unusable due to light exposure? Overhead redwood structures built onto the deck can give the finishing touch, creating shade and spatial definition. Vertical trellis panels offer protection from sun and wind.Fences can also be designed to screen, protect, divide, decorate, shelter and shade.

Have a seat. Seating—how much and what type—is a critical element of any oasis (especially if you plan to relax). You can leverage existing design elements such as low walls or planters to create simple seating solutions such as 2×8 or 2×10 caps.

It’s also easy to build simple platform or backed benches; they may be freestanding or components of other elements in your deck design. Heighten your style with inspiring woodworking plans that can deliver the style you want for your deck seating.

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Build for beauty and long-term use. Transforming your deck into an oasis isn’t just about making a pretty picture come to life. Your vision should be built to last. Decks are outdoor structures, so any materials need to withstand environmental elements yet retain their symmetry and beauty. Redwood has a well-earned reputation for meeting these requirements, with a natural resistance to shrinking, warping and checking. It is also naturally fire and insect resistant—increasingly important in drought-stricken areas.

Outdoor Furniture Plans. For plans on how to build beautiful redwood furniture, you can check out http://realstrongredwood.com. Just look under “Project Plans/Literature” for: Adirondack Chair, Adirondack Swing, Mendocino Bench and Sonoma Picnic Table

As you collect ideas and designs to create your vision, remember: the key to creating a space you want to spend time in means creating time to enjoy your space. With long-lasting materials like redwood, you’ll have more time than ever to relax in your own personal oasis.

This article was originally published on Extreme How-To Blog. View the full article here.

Redwood Featured Prominently on “AM Northwest”

Brian Paul, representing the California Redwood Association, presented a segment on AM Northwest on Portland, Oregon’s KATU ABC affiliate. Brian shared with host Helen Raptis the many reasons homeowners, contractors, and others choose to build with Redwood. Considerations including the beauty, durability, affordability, and natural resistance to insects, decay, and fire were noted as top reasons Redwood is chosen over other products for outdoor living projects. Brian also described why Redwood is a top environmental choice as well. Renewable, biodegradable, and sustainable, Redwood forestlands are responsibly managed and harvested right here in the U.S.A.

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Redwood Featured Prominently on “New Day NW”

Brian Paul, representing the California Redwood Association, presented a segment on New Day NW on Seattle’s KING 5 NBC affiliate. Brian discussed the many desirable attributes of redwood lumber and shared with viewers a scale model Redwood Pergola, section of Redwood Siding, as well as descriptions of the most common Redwood grades. Brian also helped viewers understand the sustainability of Redwood as one of the most responsibly managed and harvested wood species in the world.

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DIY Eco-Friendly Redwood Pergolas

Of the many landscaping trends that come and go, one of the more enduring structures has to be the pergola. With its open sides and slatted roofs that offer shade without blocking the sun, redwood pergolas serve as gateways to formal gardens, freestanding structures in a yard, surrounding a hot tub, or attached to a house over the deck.

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Not only timeless, redwood pergolas are elegant in their simple structure: this is a weekend project for an adequately skilled DIYer. Some considerations for planning your redwood pergola:

  • Before beginning any home improvement project, check with your local building department to learn if a permit is required and to discover any special building codes for your locality.
  • Design to your space. Some redwood companies offer online tools that make this very easy to do. You can also modify existing plans to fit your space needs.
  • Use only non-corrosive hardware to prevent staining on your finished redwood pergola.
  • Be sure to finish your redwood pergola with a clear water repellent or stain to enhance your structure’s natural beauty and to extend the life of your project.

What makes a redwood pergola eco-friendly? Redwood is grown and harvested from responsibly managed commercial forests that are all FSC certified. Redwood is also proven carbon-negative, as the trees absorb and store carbon in their wood fibers – and stays there after harvesting. The lumber is naturally strong and durable, shrinks and swells less than other woods, and is less likely to warp or split. Redwood is also recyclable and biodegradable. As more California homeowners consider drought conditions when planning their landscaping projects, it’s also good to know that redwood is naturally fire-resistant.

A Redwood pergola is a great way to enjoy outdoor living, and with many easy-to-build designs, can make a stunning addition to any home.

View the original article written by Charlie Jourdain here.