Full Vigor Forestry – 2012 Complete Vision
Our businesses operate a complete, simple, practical, fully integrated forestry management business that earns a good and fair income to successfully operate all aspects of the entire system.  The timber grower maintains control and ownership of the wood products until they are sold as direct as possible to customers.  By eliminating the brokers, shippers, middlemen, and keeping that money within the business, the high value of wood products is captured and kept in our business and the local economy.  One good paying & satisfying job can be supported from every 10-20 acres of forest growth.

Forest Management by the Timber Grower
Fully stocked, Mature Forests:  We follow the teaching of the Native Americans to salvage only the dead and dying trees, leaving all the good, healthy, vigorous trees to grow naturally.  Natural succession and natural regeneration are encouraged and respected.  Take a portion of what the forest offers, never harvest trees because of market demand.

Disturbed, Degraded Forests:  Most forests have been severely degraded by high-grade logging, grazing, and other human activities.  Active management of thinning, weeding, pruning, inter-planting, and harvesting the worst trees first can gradually - over decades - restore a forest to a more natural condition.  Processing the harvested small diameter, curved, and commercially unwanted trees into high value products makes this work profitable while improving the forest growth for the future.

Plantations and new Forests:  Grow trees quickly for specific local wood product needs.  Begin sawmilling small diameter trees at 6” diameter to make early thinnings profitable.  Grow the good trees to large size.  When possible, encourage the stand to diversify and become more natural and permanent forest. 

Urban Forests:  Use the wood from everyday tree care, development, and windstorm salvage to create one new job for every 50 average trees or 10 large good trees cut each year. 

Arthroscopic Logging:  When a tree is selected for salvage, use the smallest equipment possible to minimize the negative impacts of removing the tree from the forest.  This is the most skilled, specialized, dangerous, and challenging part of the system.  It was to pay the professional timber harvester an excellent wage to be able to do excellent work in the forest - that was the motivation to develop this entire system. 

Efficient Sawmilling:  Use thin kerf band sawmills where possible.  Use as much of the tree as possible and use each piece of the wood to make the most valuable product as possible.  Sawmill for Value, not Volume.  Even the “waste” can be used for fuel.

Kiln Dry with renewable energy.  Solar Heated Lumber Dry Kilns produce superior quality lumber, using the minimal fossil fuel energy possible.  As needed, waste wood can be burned to produce the heat needed to dry lumber. 

Make products as Hand-Made as possible.  Use simple and small equipment to make solid, natural, quality wood products that put as many people to work as possible.  Hand crafted and hand rubbed finish produces products that feel good.  Unique design ideas add to the hand made process.

Produce a large diversity of high value products.  Involve many people to make the many wood products needed in a community, and for export to sales to people in populations centers that need wood.  Swiftly shift production to adjust to changing sales trends.

Sell products direct to customers, Meet the local needs for wood products first, then export extra wood to other people around the world.   Installing and finishing wood flooring in the customer’s home is an example of earning all the potential profits of this system.  Wood flooring in the Madison WI market area sells for about $10/sqft installed and finished.  This value is the threshold price per board foot that Timbergreen Farms becomes sustainable in today’s markets.  At that value, we earn several thousand dollars per tree salvaged.  We are developing many products that earn many times more per board foot, earning workers much more money per tree.   Eliminating all the middlemen and brokers captures the high value of wood products to pay all the workers in this complete system and rewarding the timber grower for their time and investment.

Internet Sales in a Global Market:  New global communication and travel opportunities gives people the tools and methods to run a small business anywhere.

Remarkable Rewards:  Workers gain a great appreciation for the forest and the individual trees by following this system all the way from standing tree to finished products in the hands of the customer.  Everyone learns many valuable lessons, improving their productivity and understanding at each stage of the process.  Fair earnings and satisfying jobs are very strong incentives to protect and grow the forest to produce a steady income for the future.

Giving workers the opportunity to earn ownership in the business encourages sustainable goals for the future.
Use wood for construction and bio-fuel to minimize fossil fuel use and dumping more carbon into the atmosphere.
This model can work for any small business – family forest, local forest community, community based cooperative, urban neighborhood.  
Wood is the perfect fuel for Small Business
Small businesses adopting and following this simple system can produce good and consistent quality wood products. 
FromTheTimberGrower.com  can be a brand to link small business and customers around the world to establish a new and good market for wood products. 

Our Goal:

Large “FromTheTimberGrower” Stores in urban areas could sell forest products in population centers, from growers around the world.  Immigrants in the US and Europe could be supported by their family forests and rural communities back in their home countries would have much better markets, earning more money for the timber grower.