Protecting Our Natural Legacy While Building Your Dream
Since its inception, Edgewood has been a leader in the conservation community. Having helped craft and implement the small timber stewardship programs in both Idaho and Washington, Edgewood President and Founder Brian Schafer has long committed the company to sustainable logging practices, sourcing the majority of its logs through the state of Washington’s Department of Natural Resources and the Idaho Small Timber Salvage Sale Program.
Through the Idaho Small Timber Salvage Sale Program, diseased and dead standing trees are carefully harvested, leaving healthy green trees to grow to maturity. Just ten percent of standing dead trees in a given acre of land meet Edgewood’s quality specifications for harvesting; the rest are left to the preferred habitat, insects and natural forest regeneration and growth.
The Small Timber Salvage Sale Program is part of the “Sacred Trust”- a key element in Idaho’s constitution, which describes the state’s fiduciary obligation with respect to the funds received from state trust land management activities. Through the “Sacred Trust”, proceeds from the sale of trees from the Small Timber Salvage Sale Program are specifically used to help fund public education in Idaho.
While many log home companies randomly purchase trees from a vast geographic area, the logs used in Edgewood homes are obtained close to the company’s milling and construction operations in the Rocky Mountain West. This reduces Edgewood’s carbon footprint by reducing raw materials transportation, and ensures that the logs used in your home are of consistently high quality and have only been obtained using sustainable harvesting methods.
In fact, some of the highest quality construction grade timber is sourced from the arid Rocky Mountain region, including historic logs that were killed in the Big Burn of 1910. “The quality and historic significance of much of the timber we use on Edgewood projects is really exceptional,” explains Brian Schafer, President of Edgewood. “In particular, we have access to Western Larch- the tallest, straightest, strongest tree in the forest. Peter the Great once imported these trees from North America to build the masts for his war ships! We’re the only company that exclusively uses Western Larch for our roof structures.
“Our clients really appreciate the difference that rare log materials make in the ultimate look and feel of their home, but there’s also a special sense of pride that comes from owning a home constructed from historic materials that are acquired using methods carefully designed to sustain our treasured forests for future generations. It’s incredibly important to me that families feel good about their homes,” Brian Schafer explains. “I want our clients to not only be proud of the way their home looks, but also of the way it’s built, the way the materials were obtained, and the reduced environmental impact of their homes on the land.”
Schafer is also a Certified Green Design Professional who applies green design principals and practices to every Edgewood project. “Edgewood log homes adapt beautifully to green building practices,” Brian explains. “When we design a client’s home we consider numerous factors including alternative energy sources, water conservation, carbon footprint and energy efficiency, to name a few.
“The fact is that doing business in an environmentally conscious way is not only morally right, it also results in a higher quality home. We are able to hand-select the logs used in our projects, which gives us consistently high quality raw materials. While it is true that log homes use more board footage than stick homes, we use only standing dead wood, with about 10% in each acre meeting our stringent standards for use in Edgewood homes, and which sawmills typically do not use. And in the process, we’re helping to fund public education.
“Fundamentally, Edgewood builds ‘legacy homes’ and we feel very strongly about the importance of protecting the environment and our natural resources for future generations to enjoy in-perpetuity. This is not a marketing slogan for us; it’s a core value, and it’s the way we’ve always done business.”