Archive for November 17, 2006

Cool Sustainability Item of the Day — Underwater Tree Harvesting

oct_10_green_building_magazine.jpgOnce a month I get a very cool magazine at work called Green Builder. It’s full of articles on solar power technology, recycled building materials, sustainability, and the like. The September issue had an article called Wood from Water –Loggers Harvest a New Kind of Sunken Treasure. Written by Carol Ekarius, it talks about a British Columbia company called Triton Logging. It seems that there are 200 to 300 million trees standing under water in reservoirs around the world. The trees harvested from these reservoirs are of great quality and simply need to dry out a bit.

Triton has a remote controlled, underwater logging vehicle that plucks the trees free of the reservoir bed and then floats them to the surface with reusable inflatable bladders. The process is safe and cost effective. Lumber from these recovered trees is comparable in price to conventionally harvested trees. How cool is that?!

If you’re interested in sustainability, you should check out this magazine. You can download back issues for free. You don’t have to be a builder to get some great ideas from it!