Home Channel News Names Meek’s “Pro Dealer of the Year”

MEEK'S Yellow sqNew York – HCN, the building products and home improvement retailing magazine of Lebhar-Friedman Inc., selected Meek’s Lumber as the 2014 Pro Dealer of the Year.

With Western and Midwestern divisions based in Sacramento, California and Springfield, Missouri, Meek’s is a growth-oriented family business that serves builders and homeowners in California, Nevada, Missouri and Arkansas. The company ranks 27th on the HCN Pro Dealer Scoreboard, jumping up the rankings on the strength of double-digit sales gains in 2013.

The annual award, selected by editors of Home Channel News with the input of key suppliers and industry stakeholders, is designed to recognize a high-performance company with a commitment to best practices and the best values of the lumber and building material industry.

“Since 1919, Meek’s has been building a reputation as an innovative and aggressive pro dealer and home center,” said Ken Clark, editor in chief of Home Channel News. “The innovation continues today in a number of programs designed to boost sales, including their Core Rebate Program, BuildersPLUS loyalty program and MPRO Advantage which caters to remodelers and building trades.”

Meek’s operates a highly efficient delivery fleet and its own distribution channel including several central warehouses for many key building products.  They have recently invested heavily in a store-improvement initiative, bringing ten retail locations through major upgrades since 2013. The company plans to continue to make improvements at a pace of five locations per year.

Fourth generation owners Carrie, Charlie and Michael Meek will accept the Pro Dealer of the Year Award during the 2014 ProDealer Industry Summit Oct. 28-30 in San Diego, California. The Summit is sponsored jointly by the National Lumber and Building Material Dealers Association (NLBMDA) and HCN.

“It is an honor to be recognized by Home Channel News as Pro Dealer of the Year.  We are very proud of our employees, our customers and the many vendor partners who have helped us to grow over the last 95 years” said Carrie Meek.

You may also read the original article: HCN names Meek’s “Pro Dealer of the Year”

Forestry Practices Hike Returns to THP in Headwaters

By Marisa Formosa

For the Redwood Times

Posted:   07/25/2014 03:42:42 PM PDT

EUREKA >> Join Sanctuary Forest on Saturday, August 2nd for the Forestry Practices hike! Mike Jani of Humboldt Redwood Company (HRC) and Tim Metz of Restoration Forestry will co-lead this educational hike, which will be held in the Hole in the Headwaters just south of Eureka.

In 2012 Mike and Tim took hikers to visit this same forest, which is adjacent to the headwaters forest, to view a proposed Timber Harvest Plan (THP) area. This year’s adventure will take hikers back to the approved THP area to view the results of the selective harvest that took place. Leaders will discuss successes and failures and ways to improve and move forward with practicing responsible forestry into the future.

Meet at the Park n’ Ride parking lot directly off the Herrick Ave./Elk River Rd. exit off highway 101 at the south end of Eureka at 10 a.m. This moderate-to-rigorous, on and off trail hike will end at 3 p.m. Bring a lunch and water and wear sturdy hiking shoes. This is a group excursion, and participants are asked to stay together at all times. The hike is free of charge, though donations are gladly accepted and help Sanctuary Forest offer this program year after year. For questions or clarifications, contact Marisa at marisa@sanctuaryforest.org, or call 986-1087 x 1#. Hope to see you there.

Support from volunteers and local businesses have made this program possible for Sanctuary Forest. Local businesses that have made generous contributions are Blue Star Gas, Caffe Dolce, Charlotte’s Perennial Gardens, Chautauqua Natural Foods, Dazey’s Supply, First Fig Gallery, Hohstadt’s Garden Center, Humboldt Bar & Grill, James Holland, MSW Counseling Services, J. Angus Publishing Group, Madrone Realty, Mattole Meadows, Mattole River Studios, Monica Coyne Artist Blacksmith, Ned Harwood Construction, Pierson Building Center, Redwood Properties, Roy Baker, O.D., Southern Humboldt Fitness, Sylvandale Gardens, The Security Store, Vella Wood Flooring, Whitethorn Construction, Whitethorn Winery, Wildberries Marketplace and Wyckoff’s Plumbing.

Sanctuary Forest is a land trust whose mission is to conserve the Mattole River watershed and surrounding areas for wildlife habitat and aesthetic, spiritual and intrinsic values, in cooperation with our diverse community.

You may also read the original article on the RedwoodTimes.com: http://www.redwoodtimes.com/ci_26217831/forestry-practices-hike-returns-thp-headwaters

Xeriscaping Your Landscape During This Unprecedented Drought

Blog-Xeriscaping-During-Unprecedented-DroughtDuring this unprecedented drought in California and the rest of the Western U.S., water conservation is of critical importance. However, many homeowners still want to maintain an attractive landscape around their homes. One way to do that is by xeriscaping.

Xeriscaping can be defined as the environmental design of residential and other areas, including parks, using appropriate methods for minimizing the need for water use. Particularly in dry or drought-prone areas, such as California and the desert southwest, xeriscaping may be required in some communities and municipalities to save valuable water resources. In addition, as city water usage fees continue to climb, xeriscaping can help homeowners save money on their monthly water bills as well.

A few simple changes to your property can be implemented for xeriscaping. Good sun alignment, planting drought-resistant plants, high-quality soil amendments and proper irrigation are some of the ways you can improve your home environment, lower your water bill, and possibly your overall maintenance requirements. Here are some ideas to get you started:

Plan and Design: A good plan for your landscaped area is the best place to start. Create a diagram that includes your home, driveway, any sidewalks, outbuildings, or outdoor decks and patios. Note exisiting trees and plants as well as sun orientation and water sources. With this as a starting place, your xeriscaping plans can be begin to take shape.

Soil Amendments and Plant Selection: If your soil is too sandy or contains too much clay you may be able to use soil amendments to improve your soil for better water retention. If you prefer to leave your soil as it is, seek out specific plants that prefer your particular soil conditions and stick to those. Nurseries and landscape architects can help you find and choose the correct plants for your soil and sun.

Efficient Irrigation: Be sure to irrigate your xeriscaped area in the most efficient manner possible. Watering by hand, using drip lines, or collecting water in rain barrels are all options for ensuring that you do not over-water your landscape. You may also zone turf separately from other plants and use different watering methods for each.

Mulch: Mulch keeps the plant roots cool, prevents soil from crusting, minimizes evaporation and reduces weeds. Redwood mulch is an excellent choice.

Despite its seemingly uncommon name, xeriscaping is an increasingly popular option for beautiful and low-maintenance landscapes. Saving money on your water bill and reducing stress on the environment from overtaxed water resources has never been easier.

Several websites and resources are available if you need additional information:

“Establishing a Water Efficient Landscape”, article from Cal Recycle

“What is Xeriscaping?”, article from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas

“Xeriscape”, by Steven Hightower, Master Gardener

Redwood: The Natural Solution to a Man-Made Problem

By Charlie Jourdain

Mankind is ingenious if nothing else; and such inventiveness has allowed us to make incredible advances in science, technology and other pursuits that have made life easier. At the same time, some of our leaps and breakthroughs have resulted in unintended consequences that haven’t been kind to the environment.

At the California Redwood Association, we embrace science and technology, but we also believe that in many cases using products grown by nature can be the best decision for the environment and for the end-user. Sometimes, man does not need to add to what is already wonderfully designed.

We’ve discovered this as we’ve analyzed building products – most notably lumber used in decking. Though likely with the best of intentions, there are companies that try to use recycled plastic to create lumber (a composite, synthetic mix), but in doing so, contribute to carbon emissions through the use of fossil fuels. And just as unfortunate, composite lumber often gets dumped in landfills, where it doesn’t go away.

In the end, through what we’ve experienced and through an extensive Life Cycle Assessment and Environmental Product Declaration, we’re convinced that whenever possible we should responsibly use what the Earth has already provided. If so, we are much closer to being truly sustainable than cooking up products in the lab.

Redwood is biodegradable; when it’s lived out its usefulness it goes back to the earth to help make more trees.

Over the last several decades, redwood lumber producers have turned the legendary wood species into what may be the most environmentally friendly building product in the world.

How? By truly embracing the attributes of redwood, which grows naturally only in a small region of the world, protecting redwood that is ancient, and then growing redwood on highly-regulated, private commercial lands zoned specifically for timber production. Redwood is so unique that it seems to have been made for building – fire resistant, insect resistant, durable, resists warping, strong and beautiful.

And how does it compare to man-made products?:

  • Renewable vs. Non-renewable: Redwood is grown using the soil, sun and water, and for every tree that is harvested in a privately-owned commercial forest, seven trees are planted. Developing man-made products requires using chemicals, fossil fuels, colorants, binding agents and fillers before being molded or extruded.
  • Carbon footprint: Redwood decks store carbon throughout their lives, and use significantly less energy and fresh water to be processed into lumber. A composite deck consumes 15 times more energy – 87 percent of that energy comes from non-renewable fossil fuels, a major source of carbon emissions.
  • Biodegradability: Redwood is biodegradable; when it’s lived out its usefulness it goes back to the earth to help make more trees. Composite decks, however, often go to a landfill.

We also believe that it’s important to remember that the huge redwood trees that come to mind for many – the towering and legendary trees – are protected in perpetuity on 100,000 acres of parks and protected lands.

All the members of the California Redwood Association (CRA) are committed to sound forest management practices to ensure that our forests will remain healthy, beautiful and productive for generations to come.  We take pride that 100 percent of CRA member owned timberlands are certified as well-managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).  This means responsible harvesting at sustainable levels and protection of the natural habit.  

At the California Redwood Association, we’ve seen the market come full-circle in terms of understanding the natural solution vs. man-made solutions. More and more homeowners and remodelers are realizing that to be truly green, it’s hard to improve on Mother Nature.

Charlie Jourdain is president of the California Redwood Association.

You may also read the original article on the Triple Pundit website.

Redwood Decks are Beautiful AND Sustainable

Sustainable, Beautiful Redwood DeckFor some homeowners, a deck is an extension of what makes a house a home. It can be a place to retreat to after a long, work-filled week as well as a place to spend time with family and friends.

For some, a deck can even serve as a way to express environmental values. That’s  the word from the California Redwood Association (CRA).

According to the Association, when California homeowners were asked about their choice of decking material, 75 percent of those surveyed said that it’s important for their deck to be eco friendly. Ninety percent believed a deck should be recycled and reused, not dumped in a landfill.

Unfortunately, it can be confusing for builders and homeowners to know what’s sustainable and what’s not. To demonstrate that redwood may be the most environmentally friendly building material available, the CRA commissioned a life-cycle assessment. This process is commonly used to quantify the environmental footprint generated when producing and consuming products that are used in everyday life.

The result of the assessment is the finding that redwood may be considered one of the most environmentally responsible building materials available.

For instance, it is a renewable resource that is grown and harvested under the most stringent forestry regulations. Using nothing more than the energy from the sun, and the careful management of redwood forests, redwood is renewable, recyclable and cleaner to produce than composites or plastics.

In addition, when lumber is milled into decking and other products, the bark, sawdust and scrapings are collected and used to produce clean energy. Sawmills are able to use this biomass energy to power their operations and add excess electricity to the state’s power grid, taking redwood’s energy efficiency to a level that manufactured materials never reach.

With redwood, you can be environmentally conscientious without sacrificing quality or elegance. Plastics and composites rely on chemical resins and fossil fuels that release carbon and increase emissions.

Trees, however, take carbon out of the air and store it in wood fiber. It’s estimated that a redwood deck can store more than a half ton of carbon, which keeps the carbon safely out of the air, helps reduce emissions and helps to lower a homeowner’s carbon footprint.

To learn more, visit www.realstrongredwood.com.

You can also view the original article here: “Decks Can Be Beautiful And Sustainable” by North American Precis Syndicate (NAPS)

Humboldt Redwood Featured in Recent Yardcore Episodes

Humboldt Redwood has been featured in a few, recent episodes of Yardcore, the popular TV show on the DIY Network. Yardcore features landscape professionals Jake and Joel Moss. The duo are given a quick tour of the yard and a five-minute tour of the home’s interior to get clues, and then make it all happen in 48 hours — without ever meeting the homeowner until the final reveal! For one lucky homeowner willing to take a chance, this could be like winning the landscape lottery. Yardcore is a landscaping series that makes the impossible possible!

Check out these recent episodes, all featuring Humboldt Redwood!

DIY Network: Yardcore Episode “Eclectic Entertainers Paradise”

DIY Network: Yardcore Episode “Musical Jukebox Bar”

DIY Network: Yardcore Episode “Ultimate Outdoor Lounge”

2014 Sunset Celebration Weekend

For the second year in a row, the California Redwood Association and member mills including Humboldt Redwood, participated in the annual Sunset Celebration Weekend in Menlo Park, California. The 10×20 2014-Sunset-Celebration-Weekend-002redwood booth space once again featured unique Humboldt Made products, including food and beverage samples from the following artisan producers:

Over the course of the 2-day weekend event approximately 4,000 visitors passed through the booth space to experience a little bit of “Humboldt living” in the South Bay. Visitors also learned Why Redwood is the best choice for durable, beautiful outdoor living spaces. Redwood furniture and accessories finished off the display space and included round bistro tables for entertaining, as well as redwood serving tables where the cheese, hotsauce, chocolate and other food and beverage products were sampled for visitors.

Thanks to everyone that stopped by the Real. Strong. Redwood booth this year. We look forward to hosting an even larger party at the Sunset event in 2015 – see you there!

New Real.Strong.Redwood TV Spots Go Live!

New Real.Strong.Redwood TV spots, Dioxide and Plants, build on messaging established in 2013 to inform homeowners, contractors, and other building professionals of the striking differences between real Redwood and manufactured plastic composite decking products. Produced by San Francisco-based advertising agency barrettSF, these TV spots join Structure and Colors in a four TV spot campaign that is part of a three-year collaboration among Humboldt Redwood Company, California Redwood Company and the Humboldt County Economic Development Division.

To learn more about this exciting marketing program, please read our previous blog posts:

“Colors” Redwood TV Spot Goes Live!

“Structure” Redwood TV Spot Goes Live!

Marketing campaign promotes redwood decking

Redwood lumber marketing project launching soon: supervisors approve using Headwaters Fund Grant

Terra Linda High School Group Visits Mendocino/Humboldt Redwood

042514_MendocinoRedwoodCompanyTour-2423On Friday, April 25th approximately 40 students and parents from Terra Linda High School in San Rafael, California toured the mill facilities and forest lands of Mendocino/Humboldt Redwood in Ukiah, California. Students and parents were educated on the topics of sustainable forestry, our operations, and why redwood is such a sustainable, beautiful building material. The daylong tour allowed the young people to see a vibrant, North Bay business on a typical workday and to interact with company employees. The students are part of the Marin School of Environmental Leadership Engineering Program whereby they work on practical problems while always keeping environmental sustainability in focus and using creativity as their vehicle for solutions.

The trip was sponsored by Golden State Lumber and Clough Construction. Golden State Lumber has achieved Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC®) chain-of-custody certification for its operations and offers a wide range of FSC® certified products as well, including Humboldt Redwood lumber. Clough Construction is committed to sustainability and is a member of the Marin Builders Association’s Green Committee.

You may view a slideshow of images from the trip on our Facebook page.

Outstanding Outdoor Spaces

Outstanding-Outdoor-SpacesThe April 2014 edition of Professional Builder  magazine features a very good article about how homeowners can expand their home’s livable space with well-designed outdoor elements. Professional builders from across the country weighed in regarding budgets, design options, and improving existing landscapes.

Claudia Schmutzler of Windsor Gardens & Decks recommends that her clients, “Create something that draws you from the inside.” She also advocates using redwood for decks due to its inherent beauty, longevity, and resistance to termites and other insects.

Read the latest edition of Professional Builder  magazine and check out a variety of awe-inspiring photos of beautiful backyards throughout the country.