Most builders use at least some wood when building houses. This is true even for earthbag, strawbale, adobe or other types of sustainable homes. But what’s the lowest cost, most sustainable wood source? The following article has some good ideas for starting a small scale sustainable logging business and obtaining wood at low or no cost.
“Sometimes all it takes is a little creativity and a willingness to think outside the box to find a new niche in an otherwise crowded industry. If you would like to start a small one or two man logging business consider this approach.
There are millions of board feet of good usable timber that is passed by everyday by the big sawmills and logging companies. This is a tremendous opportunity for you as a small logging company. You can go into a small woodlot and harvest timber because you don’t have all the overhead that the big guys do.
With a portable sawmill and a team of horses you can carve out your own niche. Here is what you need to do. Advertise yourself as an eco-friendly logging company. Let people know that you log with horses which is a low environmental impact way of logging.
Tell them that you will go in to their forest and cut a few select trees. Then you will skid them out with your team of horses, doing as little damage as possible. Once the logs are on the landing you will set up your small portable sawmill and cut the logs into lumber right on site. You can inform the landowner that this is a better way of doing things, because you are saving fuel by only hauling away the material that is used.
All the bark, slab-wood, and sawdust can be left to decompose right there in the woods. Anytime organic material goes back into the soil it is beneficial to the whole ecosystem. As a side benefit you will have reduced the chance of spreading harmful insects like the Emerald Ash Borer. The Ash Borer resides in the outer layers of the Ash tree just under the bark. All of that will be in your waste pile left on site.”