WFP is dedicated to sustainability. We want to insure that the future generations of Wilsons’, as well as, our customers have the same high-quality products well into the future.We use several methods of sustainability. First, by only utilizing logs that are suitable for the production of cooperage stock. Second, by only procuring the logs from reputable suppliers, insuring the wood is not illegally harvested or stolen. Third by insuring our suppliers use ‘Best Management Practices’(BMP)
By only buying the logs we need and quantities needed to fulfill orders we do not over-use or waste logs or their products. WFP adheres to a strict log grading policy that only lets our foresters buy logs down to 13 inches on the tip of the log. This helps insure that the loggers do not harvest trees that are out of our specifications. Also, by using as much automation as possible we insure we retain as much usable product as possible. Using only reputable suppliers, WFP insures we not only get what we pay for, but can also insure we are not using logs that come from illegal forests or logs that have been stolen. A large number of our suppliers have been supplying us for decades. Best Management Practices are basically a code of ethics for the logging industry, and many states have made these practices laws. BMP’s insure that loggers do no collateral damage to the forests, forest roadways, or watersheds.
WFP is also a member of the Pennsylvania Forest Products Association (PFPA). This association works to hep land owners, loggers and producers are aware of changing laws and to oversee that those laws are being adhered to.
* Data from 2009. Records show these numbers increasing. (Quercus alba)
** Data reflects usage to renewal ratio. i.e. 2:1 is for every 1 tree harvested 2 are regenerating.