Wood Supply Tracking System: Enviva Releases New Supply Chain Data

The world’s largest producer of wood pellets released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. These data are another key tool for measuring and demonstrating Enviva’s sustainability practices throughout the Southeastern United States. The latest Track & Trace data shows that Enviva sourced wood from nearly 1,200 […]

The world’s largest producer of wood pellets released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. These data are another key tool for measuring and demonstrating Enviva’s sustainability practices throughout the Southeastern United States.

The latest Track & Trace data shows that Enviva sourced wood from nearly 1,200 working forest harvests across five Southern states over a six-month period ending in March 2017. The forests in the Southeast continue to grow and thrive, with the total amount of forested land in Enviva’s primary supply area increasing by 320,842 acres since 2011, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Inventory on that land has grown by 10 percent during that time period, and continues to increase as forests grow at a faster rate than they are harvested.

Other findings include:

• Approximately 38 percent of Enviva’s wood came from pine and hardwood mixed forests, 29 percent from Southern yellow pine forests and five percent from upland hardwood forests. The wood sourced by Enviva consists of undersized or “understory” wood that was removed as part of a larger harvest; tops and limbs; brush; and “thinnings” that were removed to make additional room for planted pines to grow.
• Approximately 23 percent was sawdust, shavings or residuals from wood product manufacturing.
• Four percent came from working bottomland hardwood forests, also consisting of undersized or “understory” wood; and tops and limbs.
• Less than one percent came from arboricultural sources, such as landscaping and urban tree maintenance.
• Wood fiber harvested on these tracts came from trees that were an average of 36 years old.

From Woodworking Network: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood/pricing-supply/wood-supply-tracking-system-finds-23-percent-pellets-made-sawdust?ss=news,news,woodworking_industry_news,news,almanac_market_data,news,canadian_news

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