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Services

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WholeTrees guides clients through the entire specification process, drawing upon decades of expertise to create strength and beauty from what would otherwise be considered an excess byproduct by the conventional lumber industry. Our expert assistance helps bring trees into your design vision.

In partnership with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory, WholeTrees is forging the required tools, grading systems, and software to promote stronger and healthier construction with round timber.


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Design & Engineering Consulting

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WholeTrees is the national leader and unrivaled expert in engineering natural unmilled timber for commercial construction.

We design, engineer, and manufacture restorative construction projects made of round timber for innovative owners and their building professionals.

 

Design
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Initial discussion to
determine scope and
design intent

Engineer

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Engineering process
and PE approval of
fabrication drawings

Submit

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Assistance with
building code and
approval process

Select

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Tree selection based
on region and design
intent

Deliver

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Fabrication and
delivery 8-16 weeks
from signed purchase order


Digital Inventory Cataloguing

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WholeTrees uses standard connections that interface easily with a variety of structural systems. A selection from our catalog of standard connection details is available at timbers.wholetrees.com or contact a WholeTrees expert to get started.


BIM Services

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The WholeTrees design staff is exceptionally skilled at modeling with the organic shapes of trees. We utilize innovative design tools to help you and your team incorporate our materials into your CAD drawing. It isn’t easy to visualize the majesty of a tree, but our expert team brings you the tools to ensure your design intent is fulfilled.


Forest Partnerships

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By pioneering the use of sustainable forest management byproducts in high-value construction markets, WholeTrees builds incentive to continue woodland stewardship and to scale an untapped market with immense potential. Local economies prosper from on-going regional harvests of cull-trees and an increasing number of jobs. WholeTrees instills a love for nature, promotes conservancy, and restores a sense of awe and delight in our woodlands. Through continued sustainability efforts, we hope to catalyze the use of healthy building materials, improve our built environment, and grow prosperous relationships with forests and communities.

What is a Working Forest?

A working forest is one that is managed to provide a sustainable supply of wood products, paper, biomass, wildlife habitat, recreation, hunting, clean air and water, and numerous other societal benefits that support regional, local, and rural economies.

Working forests are reliant on the availability of strong forest product markets for the wood harvested from them. Diverse markets for wood products reduce the risk of forests being converted to other land uses, and allow landowners to invest in treatments that keep forests healthy and productive.

Why Sourcing Matters

Trees sequester carbon from the atmosphere as they grow. Wood products store that carbon for decades after trees are harvested and converted to building materials. This carbon storing capability makes the built environment an important tool in the effort to reduce carbon emissions.

As the AEC community continues to prioritize a deeper understanding of its procurement decisions on forestry, it seeks knowledge about the  “origin stories” of these forest products. That’s why we partner with carbon smart forests that reflect shared values, longer rotation age, and attention to the environment of the future.

WholeTrees' Forestry Partnerships are a direct response to this growing market for “Origin Story” structural products such as Sawn Heavy Timber and Structural Round Timber. Through partnership, WholeTrees allows architects and builders to trace wood products back to the specific trees harvested. When properly managed, forests can give back a lot more than lumber.

WholeTrees collaborates with Port Blakely to explore and develop markets for Structural Round Timber (SRT) and Sawn Heavy Timber (SHT) derived from Douglas fir and other species produced by Port Blakely's Pacific Northwest Forestry operations, and, whenever possible, the Winston Creek Certified Carbon Forest.

The initiative is born of both entities’ belief that, as markets realize “Single-Origin” SRT and SHT meet the basic requirements of scaled commercial construction, market differentiators such as true traceability and greater carbon sequestration will lead to increased market share.

About Port Blakely

Port Blakely is a renewable forest products company based in Seattle, WA, with close to 150,000 acres of forestland located in Washington and Oregon, and another 90,000 acres in New Zealand. A family-owned company whose forestry roots run five generations deep in the Pacific Northwest, Port Blakely’s story has been one of innovation, determination, and stewardship. The company has prioritized cultivating a healthy world by stewarding its forests to produce the sustainable forest products it grows and enhance the communities it supports.

About Winston Creek Certified Carbon Forest

Port Blakely’s 10,000-acre Winston Creek Carbon Forest is the Pacific Northwest’s largest privately-owned carbon forest project to participate in the voluntary carbon market. Certified by the American Carbon Registry, the forest is managed on a 60 year or more rotation, up to 25 years longer than the industry norm. This generates additional carbon sequestration, resulting in carbon credits that Port Blakely offers on the voluntary carbon market. Additionally, the longer rotation yields trees that are much larger and of higher quality than is typical and it provides ecosystem benefits including greater biodiversity, improved habitat for fish and wildlife, and cleaner water.

Port Blakely

WholeTrees collaborates with Port Blakely to explore and develop markets for Structural Round Timber (SRT) and Sawn Heavy Timber (SHT) derived from Douglas fir and other species produced by Port Blakely's Pacific Northwest Forestry operations, and, whenever possible, the Winston Creek Certified Carbon Forest.

The initiative is born of both entities’ belief that, as markets realize “Single-Origin” SRT and SHT meet the basic requirements of scaled commercial construction, market differentiators such as true traceability and greater carbon sequestration will lead to increased market share.

About Port Blakely

Port Blakely is a renewable forest products company based in Seattle, WA, with close to 150,000 acres of forestland located in Washington and Oregon, and another 90,000 acres in New Zealand. A family-owned company whose forestry roots run five generations deep in the Pacific Northwest, Port Blakely’s story has been one of innovation, determination, and stewardship. The company has prioritized cultivating a healthy world by stewarding its forests to produce the sustainable forest products it grows and enhance the communities it supports.

About Winston Creek Certified Carbon Forest

Port Blakely’s 10,000-acre Winston Creek Carbon Forest is the Pacific Northwest’s largest privately-owned carbon forest project to participate in the voluntary carbon market. Certified by the American Carbon Registry, the forest is managed on a 60 year or more rotation, up to 25 years longer than the industry norm. This generates additional carbon sequestration, resulting in carbon credits that Port Blakely offers on the voluntary carbon market. Additionally, the longer rotation yields trees that are much larger and of higher quality than is typical and it provides ecosystem benefits including greater biodiversity, improved habitat for fish and wildlife, and cleaner water.

Seven Islands Land Company

WholeTrees has partnered with sustainably managed forest, Seven Islands Land Company, to build local east coast markets for and provide beautiful, affordable, and durable round timber structural systems. 

Using digital supply chains, advanced grading technologies, and BIM software, trees thinned from managed forests become the least energy intensive mass timber structural system available to commercial construction.  We bring SRT to new markets while promoting and instilling a love of nature and conservancy.  Low value trees become high value commercial construction materials.   Together we change the way people react to the built environment by bringing sustainable sourced SRT to the places we live, work and play.

About Seven Islands Land Company

Founded in 1964 in Bangor, Maine, Seven Islands Land Company manages the Pingree Family timberlands in northern and western Maine. Committed to a sustainable forest management mindset that has guided this working forest since the early 19th century, Seven Islands is dedicated to bettering the environment, strengthening our industry, and supporting the people in the communities in which we live and work.