Thursday, April 14, 2011

If a Tree Falls in the Woods...

The Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce (ARCC), like Finch Paper, appreciates the simple things - quality, value and humor. This morning's monthly Board of Directors meeting at Tribune Media Services was void of none.

ARCC Board Member and Finch Paper's Vice President & Chief Financial Officer John Kvocka brought Finch Paper's Vice President and Senior Forester Roger Dziengeleski (pronounced "Jingle ES key") to share about sustainable forestry.

To set the stage, the group enjoyed Finch’s fastest papermaking video, "From the forest floor to your computer".

A few interesting takeaways:
* Very few paper mills still manage forests today -- and Finch Paper is one of them.
* There is more than one-and-a-half times more wood standing in the forest each year than the year prior, even with all the usage from mills. (note: this includes all trees measuring 5" in diameter and larger)
* Finch utilizes 750,000 tons of wood each year.
* 80% of the wood Finch uses comes from New York State (the rest from Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Canada).
* Regional competition pans out like this: the Pacific Northwest has the most volume per acre. The Southeast grows trees the fastest. The Northeast has the most trees.

To learn about how sustainably managed forests help mitigate climate change, read Roger's "Finch in the Forest" blog. Among other things, he will tell you, "As a concerned citizen, I recognize that global warming is one of the most pressing questions facing our society today. As a professional forester, I take heart in knowing that forests are an important part of the answer."

Thank you, Roger and John for the very informative presentation.