Published November 16, 2021
Several decades ago, the organic movement began connecting shoppers to farmers who grew produce in environmentally beneficial ways. Now the construction industry is starting to directly source wood the same way. The effort to connect with sustainably managed forests in Oregon and Washington that could supply 95% of the Douglas fir wood for PDX’s new roof beams and ceiling lattice took our architects and construction partners two years of research and many, many phone calls. We want you to meet four of the caretakers of these beautiful, local forests. Two years, in fact, is nothing to them — not when you’re thinking in tree time. Here’s how they’re planning for their families, their forests, and the larger ecosystem itself.