Against the Grain

A sense of urgency about climate change is motivating people from sectors as diverse as architecture, conservation, forestry, investment, and government to reconsider and reimagine building with wood. All wood sequesters carbon as it grows, but some forms like firewood, chips, pellets, and liquid fuel, while renewable, release carbon when burned. Lumber and mass timber are different. They consume – and store – carbon dioxide. New forms and combinations of wood are overcoming historic limitations on building heights and the paucity of large trees. There is particular excitement about the promise of cross-laminated timber. Read about what modern construction means for the Maine North Woods in Part Four of the Resilient Forest Series in Northern Woodlands.

Photo ©Michelle Stapleton.