Environmental Responsibility

There is no substitute for sustainability

At Wightman, our commitment to the environment runs through every phase of the company’s operations.

Know the Source

The path that some lumber takes from forest to consumer can be thousands of miles long. Some mills import wood from across the globe, or outsource kiln drying and other processes that increase the length of the supply chain and the size of the end product’s carbon footprint.

Operate Responsibly

Wightman’s day-to-day operations adhere to strict principles of conservation and preservation of resources.

  • Use of thin kerf saws allows for more lumber and less sawdust waste to be generated from each log, and thin kerf saws use less electrical power than many other saws.
  • Advanced lasers and computerized setworks minimize yield losses during the sawing process.
  • Chips of waste wood are sold to regional companies as raw materials for fiberboard, wood pellets and other products.
  • Wightman reuses or repurposes materials that would have been waste, selling bark to landscapers, using 75 percent of sawdust generated to power boilers that heat the drying kilns and the other 25 percent goes to local farmers for animal bedding.