Nurtured grew not from a desire to be a furniture company, but to do something meaningful to heal ‘sick’ forests.
The USDA Forest Service estimates that nearly 82 million acres of National Forest system lands are in need of restoration. Adding in other federal, state, private and tribal lands, The Nature Conservancy estimates the restoration backlog is 120 million acres. That's a HUGE problem, one that demands creative solutions.
Though political battles still simmer over the fate of the remaining old-growth forests in the wet, western side of the Northwest’s Cascade mountain range, there’s broad consensus that dry, east-side forests are in dire need of thinning to bring them back to ecological health. ‘Restoration forestry’ selectively removes small-diameter trees to help larger trees thrive, and restore ecological balance and fire resiliency to these forests.
But there’s an economic challenge: restoration forestry yields lots of wood, but much of it is small diameter, low-value logs. That’s why so little restoration is happening, relative to the huge ecological need.
In this challenge, we see a great opportunity—to accelerate the pace of restoration by creating a company purposely designed to utilize wood from restoration forestry projects, and add value to struggling rural communities where forestry and wood product skills are common, but jobs are few.
We’re proud of the functional, sturdy products we’ve designed to enhance your home. But we’re even more excited about the opportunity—for you and for us—to help heal our forests, and put people back to work in the woods.