We are often asked how much Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certified lumber and plywood cost compared to commodity lumber and plywood. The short answer is between 3 and 15 percent more. If you investigate further however, that number can be significantly less, and in many cases FSC wood can cost less than commodity wood. The reason for this is our unique ability to offer customers a one step distribution process where we source lumber and plywood directly from the mill.
Beginning in 2004, when we purchased our first rail car of FSC plywood, we have been offering FSC plywood to consumers who support the FSC core principles with the lowest price available on the market. These core principles include the fact that no harm has been done to local peoples or animals during the harvesting of this material. In addition, workers’ rights have been respected wholly and fully as in harvesting this material. Also, the FSC products you receive have been removed from responsibly managed forests where conservation is a primary priority. As a company, we promise to always give consumers fair prices, high quality and rewarding exceptional forest management practices. All of our FSC plywood is urea formaldehyde free, which is a tremendous boon to air quality. In addition, our FSC framing lumber is what we call “No Prior Select Premium Grade” (NPS) so our 2&btr lumber is truly better and a significant portion is premium grade.
Your consumer decisions affect us greatly, and in just a few short years, the purchases made by our returning clientele have enabled us to lower the premium paid for FSC lumber. We encourage everyone to compare the value of FSC lumber and plywood, and know that the benefit of choosing FSC wood lies not only in supporting sustainable forestry, but in improving indoor air quality and bringing the highest quality wood products to your project. You may expect to pay a maximum $2 extra per plywood panel and about 12% more on lumber. However, with the wide reaching and longstanding benefits of FSC Lumber, how could you possibly choose anything else?