A Word from a Tree Lover

Good shakes and shingles come from trees which are 100-800 years old (and that's not a "renewable resource" in my book). If we are lucky, we will use the shakes for 25 years. Once they come off the roof they are of very little value - poor quality kindling.

If we used the same cedar for siding, we could maintain the siding for hundreds of years. We might even change our forestry practices, save more of the remaining old growth, re-plant cedar and other species. Today, very little cedar is being replanted.

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