WholeTrees® builds prosperous relationships with forests and communities
WholeTrees® brings the abundant waste stream of healthy forest management to high-value construction markets. We supply to and catalyze the growing restorative building movement. We strive to add value to sustainable forestry to preserve and foster the awe and delight of our woodlands.
Our commitment of innovative and profitable use of forest byproducts is demonstrated by:
- Excellent track record and trusted brand
- Proprietary products
- Scalable production technologies
- Proprietary engineering processes and researched design values
- Digital inventory and future customer-facing software platform
Round timbers have many social, environmental, and economic benefits. WholeTrees’ local and regional supply chain continues to grow into a distributed production model that limits transportation costs, reduces embodied energy in construction, and benefits rural economic development where raw materials are sourced and fabricated. Round timber is abundant and rapidly renewable: trees as young as twenty years, which are often unusable in conventional forest products industries, can be used to create small diameter round timber structural products. WholeTrees’ harvest processes encourage sustainable forestry practices such as thinning, which restores our woodlands by reducing invasive species, disease, and risk of wildfire.
Amelia Swan BaxterCEO/Co-Founder
Amelia Baxter co-founded Whole Trees with Roald Gundersen in 2007, as a response to the national attention received by Gundersen’s use of un-milled timber as a structural resource. Baxter leads her executive team toward both scale and innovation. Baxter has over a decade’s experience in market development, HR, and operations in numerous agricultural and land management projects. Throughout her career, Baxter has specialized in managing short and mid-term systems to reach long term goals, while attracting talented teams that build organizational capacity and successful momentum. She has hiked the entire Appalachian Trail, speaks fluent Spanish, and has worked internationally with thought leaders in the Responsible Business movement. When left to her own fancies, she can be found gardening, biking, and mushroom hunting.
Roald Gundersen, AIACo-Founder
Roald Gundersen has devoted the better part of the last 20 years exploring and experimenting with natural building and the architecture of small diameter round timber. He co-founded Whole Trees with Amelia Baxter and served as President and Principal Architect. Gundersen has designed and built round timber assemblies for commercial, institutional and residential applications. His travels and past projects have lead him to focus his architecture on the practical and environmental importance of using naturally abundant local materials. Gundersen has taken a hands-on-learning approach to architecture and materials, inspired by the wisdom of the 134 acres of forests he stewards near La Crosse, WI. He raises two children with Amelia Baxter, and when not with them, he can be found roaming the woods for hours.
Derek MayhewForestry & Inventory Manager
Michaela HarmsR+D Programs Manager
Robert MiniLead Foreman
Owen HoffmanLead Carpenter
Kyle TealDigital Coordinator
Professional CEUs and Presentations
WholeTrees is certified to provide continuing education for AIA and GBCI professionals. Why Trees are Stronger than Wood is an intriguing presentation that will provide your team with a better understanding of round and mass timber in ancient and modern construction.
At the end of this course:
- Participants will be able to name 3 types of historic structures built using small diameter timber
- Participants will be able to name a benefit to the forest ecosystems or regional economies of building with small diameter timbers or other mass timber technologies (CLT)
- Participants will be able to name a performance benefit of using small diameter timber structural system in bending strength, fire rating, fire failure mode, and life cycle performance
- Participants will be able to quote a new learning of building with small diameter timber found in destructive testing at the USDA Forest Products Lab
Would you like to learn more about specifying WholeTrees into your projects for upcoming clients? We would be happy to provide a lunch and learn for your staff. Contact us with your needs for an educational session in person or via webinar.