Salvaged Logs after the 2017 & 2018 BC Wildfires

Salvaged Logs Coming into CTF

After two record-breaking wildfire seasons we have started to see burnt logs coming into our yard after being hand elected by our team and passing our quality control measures.

More than 1.35 million hectares burned across British Columbia in 2018, surpassing the previous year’s total by more than 100,000 hectares. Some of the burnt logs are salvageable if they are harvested quickly enough. The logs lose moisture as time passes and drier logs make it harder to recover the most value out of the fibre.

We hand select our logs to ensure proper length, grade and quality to maintain our standards and we look for a number of factors to make sure we don’t have logs with inconsistent timber fibre. The burnt logs in our yard meet our requirements and are suitable to use on certain projects after they have been air dried in our yard for over a year to reduce moisture content along with the rest of our inventory. Learn more about air dried logs and our timber frame process here.

We are hopeful that 2019 won’t see a repeat of the previous 2 summers and we will continue to use salvaged logs where we can and support the sustainable management of British Columbia’s forests.

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