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Lumber and framing

Look for wood that's been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (page 28). FSC-accredited certifiers give the FSC seal of approval to lumber from forests that are well managed, respecting indigenous peoples and the environment. Salvaged or reclaimed wood is another option. It doesn't use a single new tree, and keeps old lumber from being thrown away. You can get reclaimed lumber from national dealers like Elmwood Reclaimed Timber (www. or Reclaimed Lumber Company (www. Make sure that the wood has been cleaned and is free of hidden nails (the company should use a metal detector to make sure). And the wood should be kiln-dried to get rid of any creepy-crawlies that might be living in it and prevent warping. Tell your contractor you want to use efficient framing techniques to conserve materials. For example, if the contractor uses a 2 x 6 construction method for exterior walls, he may be able to space the studs apart by 24 inches...

Green Building Materials

Incorporating efficient systems into your new home or remodeling project is an important part of green construction, and so are the supplies you choose. From lumber to flooring, roof shingles to insulation, green materials come from sustainable sources and are made using responsible manufacturing processes. When choosing materials for building or remodeling, here are some questions to ask

Marketing certified wood products for green building

In 2007, there were more than 800 COC certificates in North America (generally in both US and Canada), including 156 issued directly to managed forest owners.14 There were about 70 million acres (28,160,000 hectares) of FSC-certified forests in North America, indicating there are many providers of FSC-certified lumber and many forest sources. Canada alone represents 22 percent of the global total of FSC-certified wood. For many cities in the US, this marketplace is very healthy and very cost-competitive, especially for dimensional lumber ( 2 X 4's ). For design firms in major cities who want to encourage clients to support the use of certified wood in their projects, there should be plenty of supply, especially since this is an item which can be bought and stockpiled ahead of use. However, a 2006 survey of design professionals found that only 54 percent of those wanting to use certified wood were able to, primarily owing to cost and availability considerations, as well as a lack of...

Setting Your Priorities

Every choice you make in updating your living space will involve at least one of these characteristics. The trade-offs are sometimes obvious. For example, switching your heating fuel from natural gas to wood can improve renewability while increasing maintenance requirements. And using synthetic lumber made from recycled milk jugs helps keep materials out of the waste stream, but with generally higher processing and shipping costs.

Certified Wood Products

Certified wood products are those made from lumber harvested in a sustainable manner and certified by a reliable third party. The certifying groups most active at this time are the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and the Canadian Standards Association (CSA). The LEED rating system only awards points for FSC-certified wood, partly for historical reasons and partly because it is the most rigorous third-party rating system. However, Green Globes and the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) Green Home Building Guidelines also recognize the SFI and CSA systems. As a practical matter, most of the timber harvested in the US comes from public lands and is not certified to Certified wood products all carry a chain of custody certificate that tracks the lumber from the forest to the end-user. LEED-certified projects must use certified wood products for 50 of the value of all permanent wood-based materials in a building, including flooring,...

Other projected losses

Prices of steel and lumber reached record highs in 2004 following the active hurricane season, but had reduced in the months before Katrina as production had been increased to meet demand. Lumber prices jumped about 15 after Katrina but remained well below levels of the previous year, while cement

Resourceefficient Materials

Another technique is to rethink assumptions about how materials are used. In residential construction, wood is a large component of the materials flow into a project and a major contributor to the waste stream coming out of it. Optimum value engineering (OVE, also known as advanced framing ) reduces the need for framing lumber by spacing framing members at 24 inches on center as compared with the conventional 16 inches on center, using two-stud corners with drywall clips, locating windows next to structural studs, using in-line framing to reduce the need for double top plates and headers, and eliminating large-diameter wood in nonstructural locations. Applying OVE can reduce wood use by up to 30 percent and reduces the amount of waste wood ending up in landfills. Use engineered lumber instead of conventional lumber for framing. Engineered lumber is made from fast-growing, small-diameter trees, thus helping to preserve old-growth forests. Engineered lumber also resists warping,...

The Value of Biodiversity

The economic value of biodiversity includes use and nonuse value. We harvest many natural resources such as fish, game, and lumber. Various species provide agricultural, industrial, and pharmaceutical products. Twenty-five percent of new medicines originate in a tropical rain forest, and we continually find new products in the wild. Many staple crops, such as the potato, have been given genetic characteristics that make them resistant to cold, disease, and drought, by finding and researching various species of wild potatoes in remote areas of the Andes mountains. St. Johns Wort, a popular herb substitute, and Prosac come from a common weed that covered vast areas of California and Washington.

United States Forests Under Stress

Forests are valued for a variety of ecological and economical reasons. In their natural state they provide vital habitat for wildlife and play an important role in the carbon cycle. Forests are also a source of recreation for humans and provide wood for fuel and lumber. Human uses combined with natural environmental stresses (such

Background of the study

The population is dominated by the older generation as most of the young people tend to seek greater material rewards available in the big city. Hengsan is rich in limestone and lumber. The plants of Asia Cement Corporation and Taiwan Cement Corporation had played an important role in local development. During the martial law period (1949 1987), residents near the plants suffered mostly in silence from dust and air pollution. Considering the job opportunities offered by the corporations and their employees' livelihood, local residents did not oppose the operation of the plants. When martial law ended in 1987 and Taiwan transformed into a democratic form of government, the local residents started to air their complaints against the air pollution brought about by the corporations. Those who live near the plants complained that the roofs of their houses, crops, and plants were all covered by the dust from the cement plants. To remedy this, both corporations installed pollution-control...

Burning Up with Pellet Stoves

Many types of pellets are made from byproducts of other lumber processing ventures, like sawdust and ground wood chips. Some pellets are even made from corn stalks (usually wasted since they have no nutritive value) and nut hulls, or from other crops like switchgrass. (Too bad they can't make pellets out of politicians, other purportedly organic entities with little or no intrinsic value.) Pellets are like recycled products, and even better for the environment because of it.

Solving the Problem of Resource Misuse

Private markets are also actively supporting the protection of wildlife, wetland, and wilderness in other ways. Many private landowners have come to realize that it is profitable to abandon the growing of regular crops, trees for lumber and pulp, and cattle, and provide recreational experiences for a fee. Hunters are willing to pay a fee for access to these lands. Hikers and campers are willing to pay for a wilderness experience. Fishermen are willing to pay to wet a hook in a private lake or river. The desire to preserve natural environments and wilderness areas increases as natural areas become scarcer. As John Krutilla said, wild places are irreplaceable assets of appreciating value with passage of time. 8 Because we value wild places, we want to expend resources to protect these areas. Beautiful, natural environments attract people and businesses, oftentimes creating greater value for society than if wilderness areas were used for lumber, roadways, and housing.

Strategies and Interest groups

Using game theory for models of this kind is now an important part of research in international economics. Defection represents the case where trade barriers are erected to protect a particular domestic interest group. Producers of lumber, steel, food, clothing, shrimp, fossil fuels, airplanes, and a multitude of other commodities have incentives to lobby their government to use trade restrictions to give them an advantage over foreign competition. Consumer groups and organized labor will also see potential gains from restricting trade in ways that manipulate the price or availability of goods in the market. Even if there were only two countries in the world, we would still need to think in terms of hundreds or thousands of Prisoners' Dilemma situations, one for each traded commodity and each interest group. In a world with about 189 countries, the number of potential strategic dilemmas becomes vast. By the 1940s, countries had mostly given in to these interests, and trade barriers...

Locally Sourced Materials

Project uses a lot of wood, some investigation maybe needed to determine its source. In regions such as the Pacific Northwest, even softwood lumber from Canada might qualify for this credit. In the industrial heartland, the Midwest, even the iron ore in steel might qualify if it had been extracted in Minnesota. Here are examples of some specific materials that could come from just about any locality or 500-mile radius, without traveling long distances foundation piers compost and mulch concrete storm drains masonry, pavers and hardscape materials reclaimed lumber wheatboard panels most wood products, including laminated beams, cabinets, sub-flooring, roof decking, composite wood siding, engineered wood products and oriented strand board millwork, both new and reclaimed and cellulose insulation. The list is seemingly endless.99

Green Procurement in US State and Local Governments

Among the states, Massachusetts has been a bellwether. Under Governor William Weld in 1993, Massachusetts began an aggressive green procurement program. From its inception, the state's program has focused on purchasing recycled goods. Today, these purchases include recycled paper and office supplies, plastic lumber benches and tables, recycled motor oil, and recycled traffic cones. Massachusetts also owns 37 zero-emission electric vehicles and Local governments also have been green procurement leaders in the U.S. King County, an early adopter of green procurement, stands as a perfect example. King County began its environmentally preferable purchasing program in 1989. Initially, the program encouraged agencies to buy recycled content goods whenever practicable. In 1995, the policy was expanded beyond recycled content products to include other environmentally preferable materials and processes 24 . Today, the county's green purchases include not only recycled paper (which accounts for...

Ecosystems and Biodiversity

Climate impacts on coral reefs and forest ecosystems have affected associated industries and jobs (lumber and fishing). Public policy in many countries has begun to address climate issues at the regional, national, and international levels. Conservation and sustainable biodiversity activities are becoming more common with a strong interest toward sustainable use.

Solar industrial Air and Water Systems

Solar Industrial Process Heat

In recirculating air systems, a mixture of recycled air from the dryer and ambient air is supplied to the solar collectors. Solar-heated air supplied to a drying chamber can be applied to a variety of materials, including lumber and food crops. In this case, adequate control of the rate of drying, which can be performed by controlling the temperature and humidity of the supply air, can improve product quality.

Depletion And Conservation Of Natural Resources

The early American colonists were impressed by the country's abundance of natural resources. Settlers migrated west and south, building towns and developing land for agriculture and industry. New modes of transportation allowed access to areas that had previously been undisturbed by humans. Widespread development and demand for food, water, lumber, and other goods began to stress some natural resources. Massive areas of forest were cleared of trees. Passenger pigeons and heath hens were driven to extinction. Buffalo, elk, and beaver stocks were nearly wiped out.

Exergy In The Cobbdouglas Model Of Growth

The factor payments shares interpretation is not valid, however, when a third factor is introduced. As already explained, this is because segregating 'payments to exergy' amounts to considering exergy production as a separate sector, or sectors. Payments to 'exergy' are really payments to farmers, lumber companies, coal mines or oil and gas producers, mostly for labor and capital. These firms taken as a group constitute a sector or sectors. As a fraction of all payments (GDP), payments to this sector are comparatively small, that is, only 4 percent to 5 percent for most OECD countries. This implies - according to the standard neoclassical (single sector) interpretation noted in the last chapter - that the marginal productivity of resource inputs must be correspondingly small, too small to account for consumer price changes or GDP growth changes (for example, Denison 1979). The income allocation theorem (Appendix A), which is based on a single sector, single 'composite' product model,...

Waterfront Growth Decline and Redevelopment in the Great Lakes Basin

European settlements in the Great Lakes basin, which began to flourish during the 18th century, brought a story of water diversion, land creation, and an overall hardening of the edge between the shoreline and the settlement. As settlements grew in population, each needed to grow in territorial size. Typically the first extension of territory to meet expanded port and land needs was to drain and fill marshes and estuaries along the shoreline. Such land reclamation has been an experience typical to cities on the shoreline and allowed urban centers and ports to expand 10 . In the 19th century, settlements associated with shipping agricultural and forest products on the lakes grew dramatically, as a vast network of canals built across the basin connected the lakes to the Mississippi River, the Ohio River, and the eastern seaboard of the United States, and thereby to Europe. These cities, located where the lakes and rivers met canals and railroads, grew as break of bulk centers, where raw...

Federal agencies that oversee natural resources

Forests play a particularly crucial role in the global cycling of carbon. When trees are cleared the carbon they contain is oxidized and released into the air, adding to the atmospheric store of carbon dioxide. Many scientists believe that carbon dioxide contributes to global warming. This release happens slowly if the trees are used to manufacture lumber or are allowed to decay naturally. If they are burned as fuel, however, or in order to clear forestland for farming, almost all of their carbon is released rapidly. The clearing for agriculture in North America and Europe has largely stopped, but the burning of tropical forests has taken over the role of producing the bulk of carbon dioxide added to the atmosphere by land use changes.

The Pacific Northwest

The Pacific Northwest encompasses extensive forests, topography that creates abrupt changes in climate and ecosystems over short distances, with mountain and marine environments in close proximity. The Northwest provides about one-fourth of the nation's softwood lumber and plywood. The fertile lowlands of eastern Washington produce 60 percent of the nation's apples and large fractions of its other tree fruit. Population and economic growth of this area has been twice the national rate since 1970, its population nearly doubling during this period. The area provides moderate climate, a high quality of life, and outdoor recreational opportunities, which are becoming increasingly stressed because of the rapid development occurring in the area. Stresses are occurring today from dam operations, land-use conversion from natural ecosystems to metropolitan areas, intensively managed forests, agriculture, and grazing. The result has been in the loss of old-growth forests, wetlands, and native...

Community environmentalism

Energy production, were given the opportunity to meet informally with representatives of local environmental organizations as well as with the local governmental authorities. One result has been a new kind of renewable energy technology that has great potential in areas that are surrounded by forests, such as Vaxjo, where wood chips are an inevitable and often under-utilized waste product from the lumber industry (see Lofstedt 1996).

Overusing the Commons

Environmental degradation stems from the predictable manner in which humans respond to incentives. When human beings make decisions, they weigh their personal private gains and losses, not societal gains and losses. Suppose an individual finds a nesting pair of red-cockaded woodpeckers (which are on the endangered species list) in a stand of pines he or she was planning to cut for lumber. Because the government forces the property owner to protect the bird's habitat and pays no compensation to the landowner for the lost timber revenue, we shouldn't be surprised when the nest mysteriously disappears one night. Disappointed, but not surprised. A person would be happy to save red-cockaded

From Green Timber to Green Fuels

Harvesting, sawing, processing, and shipping lumber all over the world. For six generations of families, choker setters had gone into the woods, green chain pullers had gone into the mills, and small business owners had cashed their paychecks. It was a happy community of 41,000 souls living in the yearly hundred inches of rain that watered the forest canopy on which they depended.

Land Law in the Arid West

In 1878, the Free Timber Act gave people the right to cut timber on public lands reserved for mineral use in order to obtain timber for building farmhouses and towns. A related act of the same year, the Timber and Stone Act, stated that 160 acres of land valuable for minerals or stone as well as timber could be purchased from the federal government. Both these acts were bonanzas for timber companies, who hired people to stake claims to forest lands and then turn the lands over to the lumber company.

Pros Cons and Other Countries

In Libby, Montana, the remediation of soil and groundwater contaminated with pentachloro-phenol (PCP) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) has been under way since 1985. PCP and PAHs are chemicals used to preserve wood products such as telephone poles and railroad ties. The responsible party, Champion International Corporation, caused soil and groundwa-ter contamination at its lumber and plywood mill in Libby. The EPA determined that wastewater and sludge from the wood-treating process were the sources of contamination. To address the issue of contamination, drinking water from a public water supply was provided to residents of the Libby area, and the use of private wells prohibited. Contaminated soil and groundwater are undergoing cleanup using biore-mediation, a technology that employs microorganisms to transform hazardous chemicals into environmentally acceptable products.

Historical and Current

Before the 1900s, the world as a whole used wood (including wood converted to charcoal) for heat in homes and industry, vegetation for feeding draft animals, water mills for grinding grain and milling lumber, and wind for marine transportation and grain milling and water pumping. By the 1920s, however, coal and petroleum had largely replaced these energy sources in industrialized countries, although wood for home heating and hydroelectric power generation remained in wide use. At the end of the twentieth century, nearly 90 percent of commercial energy supply was from fossil fuels.

What is Green Procurement

Green procurement must also confront the conflict between purchasing green and following other dictates of procurement logic. The two most critical of these are performance and cost. Green products must compete on the basis of performance and cost to be in the running for selection. For the criterion of cost, unfortunately, this is sometimes not the case because of a chicken-or-egg sort of dilemma. Some green products tend to be more expensive because they are not yet widely enough demanded to increase volume and drive down the cost. Another barrier to use may also exist. Even when green products are cost-effective (for example, park benches made from recycled plastic lumber that last for 50 years), their initial costs may be high and the payback period on initial investment long.

Environmental Change

There is nothing new about large-scale impacts of human activities on the biosphere. Conversion of forests, grasslands, and wetlands to crop fields, and deforestation driven by the need for wood and charcoal to heat homes and smelt metals, and for lumber to construct cities and ships, changed natural ecosystems on a grand scale in preindustrial Europe and Asia. Even the pre-1492 American societies had a greater impact on their environment than previously surmised. An assumption has been that these changes transformed the environment only on a local or regional scale, deforestation in the Mediterranean countries or in North China being perhaps the best-known examples.

The Supply Of Fresh Water

So much timberland now exists in the United States and so much inexpensive pulp and paper can be shipped in from South America - a 10 percent tariff followed by stiff quotas has reduced the glut of lumber easily imported from Canada - that big firms are selling off their forest holdings to conservation groups, speculators, developers, and individuals. The firms may invest some of the proceeds in high-technology plantation operations in Brazil and other southern nations, where trees can be genetically engineered for quality and growth. In 2004, International

Natural Systems Under Stress

In early December 2004, Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo ordered the military and police to crack down on illegal logging, after flash floods and landslides, triggered by rampant deforestation, killed nearly 340 people, according to news reports. Fifteen years earlier, in 1989, the government of Thailand announced a nationwide ban on tree cutting following severe flooding and the heavy loss of life in landslides. And in August 1998, following several weeks of record flooding in the Yangtze River basin and a staggering 30 billion worth of damage, the Chinese government banned all tree cutting in the upper reaches of the basin. Each of these governments had belatedly learned a costly lesson, namely that services provided by forests, such as flood control, may be far more valuable to society than the lumber in those forests.6 Pressures on forests continue to mount. Use of firewood, paper, and lumber is expanding. Of the 3.5 billion cubic meters of wood harvested worldwide in...

Gold And Silver Prospecting And Mining

Flynn (1952) mentions other towns, camps, and mining districts that were established in the mid- to late-1800s Quartzville, located on the east face of Mount Bross in the Independent District Hillsdale, a lumber camp for the men who furnished the timbers for the mines on North Star Mountain and Mount Bross Sterling, located in the Mosquito Mining District about 1.6 km south of Lauret Dudley, whose residents were connected either with the Moose Mine on Mount Bross or with the Dudley smelter Horseshoe, located about 9.6 km west of Fairplay in the Horseshoe Mining district at the south end of the Mosquito Range and Leavick, one of the later mining camps in South Park, established in the early 1890s and abandoned in 1921. Balfour was a gold mining site south of Hartsel and southwest of Current Creek Pass where mining continued from 1893 to 1900 (Nutt, 1983). The Montgomery District, which was platted in 1861 about 16 km west of Hamilton and 11.2 km northwest of Lauret (Rocky Mountain...

Burning pellets

Many types of pellets are made from byproducts of other lumber processing ventures, like sawdust and ground wood chips. Some pellets are even made from corn stalks (usually wasted since they have no nutritive value) and nut hulls, or from other crops like switch grass. Pellets are like recycled products, and even better for the environment because of it.

Earth Out of Balance

When Europeans began expanding into Ohio, one natural resource was both a hindrance and a necessity to the pioneer. Heavy forests of oak, maple, chestnut, hickory, walnut, elm, and other deciduous trees covered most of the state and constituted a serious obstacle to agriculture. 31 Whereas the trees provided wood for fuel and lumber for houses and furniture, much of the forests had to be burned down just to clear the land for planting crops. Ohio went from 95 percent woodland cover to a low of 12 percent in 1900. Now Ohioans must import lumber Prairie land, though not the dominant ecosystem, was also converted to agricultural and residential land, cutting the amount of natural grasslands by as much as 75 percent. Wetlands were drained, such as the Great Black Swamp discussed in chapter 2. And with the forests, prairies, and swamps went the diverse species they supported, only to be replaced by monocultures of crops.

Some Good Shit

Biological sewage treatment can involve real marshes. Just south of the small town of Arcata, California, there is an extensive marsh where visitors can walk the pathways that lace the town's wild sewage ponds and see fish amidst the reeds, as well as ducks, egrets and hawks. The place is alive with life, much of it spreading into the reeds and salt grasses along the bayshore and transforming former lumber mill sites into habitat.

Salvage Materials

LEED recognizes the value of salvaged or reclaimed materials, such as decorative brick, heavy timbers and other framing lumber, doors, mill-work, furniture and partitions, by rewarding projects that use them for at least 5 of the total value of all building materials (not counting equipment). On a typical 10 million (construction cost) project, this would represent 225,000 worth of such materials, not an insignificant amount. One benefit of this practice is the development of local enterprises based on deconstructing buildings and salvaging such materials. If you consider how much useful material is saved from old cars by auto salvage yards in every town, you'll see the benefit of this practice.


Rectangular space in between holds our cedar-sided house and one and a half acres of open space. Our house and garden are bordered on one side by a dirt road that leads steeply to the end of the hollow, where a collection of broken-down trailers marks its end. For the most part, our place is surrounded by forests, young stands of deciduous hardwoods that are interrupted here and there by hundred-year-old hemlocks. To the north of the house there is a Norway spruce plantation, planted in the 1940s when agriculture was declining and before the land was divided up into smaller tracts and sold to new folks like us. Our predecessors chose Norway spruce for its straight, strong, fast-growing lumber, wood that could be used to frame houses and barns, that had market value for a struggling town emerging from the Depression. Little else grows in these monoculture stands, a few ferns and a bit of sphagnum moss. The spruce litter is too acidic for the understory plants that enrich the hardwoods...

Benefit Cost Analysis

Consider the lawsuit sponsored by environmental groups that contends that forests generate more income when uncut than when logged.7 Although a forest can provide multiple uses, some uses may negatively impact other uses. If we log a forest we might lose recreational benefits for hunters, fishers, and hikers. The question is, are we better off cutting the trees for the lumber or leaving them for their recreational value Nonmarket values, like lost recreational benefits, could be calculated by using the methods discussed earlier. We could also include nonuse values such as existence, bequest, and option value. To complete an accurate benefit-cost analysis requires experts in many disciplines. For example, the degree of loss of wildlife and soil erosion and siltation attributed to logging must be measured by biologists and other specialists. Economists can measure the value of lumber and the costs of erosion. While dredging sand onto a beach provides benefits for beach users, it might...


There are more acres of forest in the United States now than there were 100 years ago. As I discussed, the amount of forested land in New England is several times greater than it was in colonial times. Forest regrowth has occurred in many other parts of the world and is being encouraged by a new international program called the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). FSC is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to support the management of forests throughout the world in a way that is environmentally beneficial and allows for maximum sustainable use and development of forest resources. The FSC does this by a process of certification, which involves examination of a forest itself as well as the uses to which the forest resources are put, including lumber mills and commercial interests that harvest wood from the forest.

The Ideal Wall

While searching for the ideal wall that could withstand climate change, I understood it needed to be able to be constructed with materials readily available from any lumber yard right now. The biggest issue for wall assemblies is moisture flow so that water vapor will always be able to escape and not accumulate. Smart vapor-retarding membranes are under development, but may be many years before they are readily available. My search led me to the US Department of Housing and Urban Development's National Institute of Standards and Technology. In January 1995, their Building and Fire Research Laboratory published a paper titled Manufactured Housing Walls That Provide Satisfactory Moisture Performance in all Climates. The study was prepared because manufactured homes were failing in certain parts of the country. Manufacturers of these prefabricated homes needed one wall assembly

Gap Models

In the late 1960s, several forestry schools in the United States developed a forest modeling approach based on simulating a forest by computing the birth (or planting), growth, and death (thinning or harvest) of plantation forest. Applications of these models included determining plant strategies for genetically improved tree crops and ascertaining the appropriate spacings for growing trees to produce metric-dimensioned lumber (see Shugart, 1998 for review). This emphasis on tracking individual

In Integrated Design

We're doing a LEED Platinum project for a very popular sports-type company. They are really into organic and all things green. When we showed up at the table, it was one of the first times for us that the architect, the engineer, the whole project team was already at a very high level of green thinking. Yet, we had an existing building and we were going to deconstruct parts of it. Architects aren't generally used to taking things down and reusing the materials. We brought in a wood-certifier and had them evaluate the building. They provided a list of opportunities (for reuse of the materials) to the project team. The architect could then say, We could use that reclaimed lumber here, now that we know the quality and availability. That's an example of where we might say, We want to go after this credit. Let's talk about deconstructing this building and reusing it.

Shy Genius

William Ferrel was born of humble parentage, as he called it, in 1817 in the backcountry of south-central Pennsylvania, the eldest of six boys and two girls. His father, Benjamin, was in the lumber business for a time and had an interest in a sawmill. The rural schools William attended were of a very inferior order, the teachers mostly being able to teach only reading and writing and a part of the arithmetics, he recalled. It was thought that I made very rapid progress and I soon had the reputation of being the best scholar in the neighborhood. When William was 12, his father bought a farm in Berkeley County, Virginia, now part of West Virginia. The move there in the spring of 1829 did nothing to improve his educational opportunities. I was now kept closely at work on the farm, but I went to school here two winters and completed my common-school education, he wrote. The school-house was an average one of the country at that time a rude log cabin with oiled white paper instead of glass...

Various Businesses

Breweries found thirsty clients in the miners South Park Lager Beer was brewed in Fairplay starting in 1866 (Simmons, 1966). Dairy farming near Jefferson was so successful in the 1890s that a cheese factory was located there (Simmons, 1966). Rancher Samuel Hartsel was also a successful entrepreneur, building a sawmill, trading post, wagon shop, and blacksmith shop he also developed the hot springs and built a hotel across the river at Hartsel (Simmons, 1966). Although sightseeing expeditions had begun in South Park in the 1830s and 1840s, when bison sightings and Indians were the attraction, it was the Colorado Midland Railway that brought tourists to Hartsel's hotel and hot springs during the late 1880s through the 1910s (Simmons, 1966). The railway also ran weekly and daily Wildflower Excursion trains during the summer in an attempt to increase its passenger traffic (Simmons, 1966). Shaputis and Kelly (1982) reported that the first grist mill west of the Mississippi was built in...

Land Use Conversion

The earth's great carbon dioxide stonehouses, its tropical forests, stretch in a belt along the equator from Brazil and the Amazon, through Zaire, to the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Malaysia, and Indonesia. The areas involved are immense. The term land-use conversion is a circumlocution, a euphemism, for deforestation the replacement of natural forests with roads, cattle ranches, cropland, and lumber production. As with limestone, these forests are yet another of our great COi repositories ripe for the ravaging and release of CO2. What does it mean to say that tens of thousands of square miles of forest disappear annually