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Salem Community Patriot | April 20, 2012 - 7

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Go Green with Real Wood

Additionally, pressure-treated wood comes from sus- tainable, well-managed forests -- meaning the industry plants more trees each year than are harvested. Fact is, U.S. forests are healthier and more numerous than they were 100 years ago. Pressure-treated wood is rot- and insect-resistant and readily available in both big-box stores and independent lumber dealers around the U.S. Current tested and ap- proved preservatives are safe for use around children and

pets --even veggies in your raised garden beds. For more information on using real wood in your back-

yard, the complete LCA study, free downloadable deck plans, inspirational pictures and easy DIY videos, please visit, on Facebook at “Wood”

and on YouTube at TF125154

(MS) -- So many decking materials in stores today ... which one to choose? If a beautiful, usable, long-lasting deck is your goal -- and you’d like to do your part to protect the environment -- then the choice is obvious: real, natural, authentic wood. Wood has been a part of outdoor liv- ing for centuries: the first pine sawmill was at Jamestown about 400 years ago. Look around: so many historic homes and sites feature wood -- because it’s always been one of the best building products on the market. Wood is ever- present by the seashore (docks, marsh walkways, fishing piers, boardwalks), in the mountains (decks, arbors) and in backyards across the country (decks, gazebos, fences, trellises). Wood plays a starring role in high-traffic places, such as the Santa Monica Pier, the Destin

boardwalk in Florida and the Ocean City boardwalk in Maryland. Look all around you at the beauty of wood -- then bring that natural beauty home to your backyard.

A recent Life Cycle Assessment (cra- dle-to-grave study comparing pressure- treated wood with alternative wood/ plastic composite decking) found that wood was, by far, the better product for the environment. A few findings from this study: * Wood releases less greenhouse gases during production; * Wood uses 14 times less fossil fuel

than wood/plastic composite decking; and * Wood decking production causes significantly less acid rain, smog and overall ecological impact than wood/ plastic composite decking.

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