Written by Chris Nolan on
Written by Chris Nolan on
Ipe decking that is being harvested and sold today is the quintessential sustainable building material. Ipe decking from Brazil is sustainably harvested, typically from the best quality subspecies of Tabebuia, including Tabebuia seratafolia and others. Sustainable yield forestry is designed and managed to ensure that there as many naturally growing, mature trees available at the end of a harvesting cycle as there are at the beginning of the harvesting cycle. It is imperative to harvest in this responsible manner and maintain proper environmental stewardship, to ensure the balance of nature and man living harmoniously.
My heart goes out to the coastal communities that have been devastated by the effects of Hurricane Sandy and are scrambling to fix their boardwalks, piers and other structures to prevent economic havoc from a lost season of tourism industry income. I shake my head in disbelief at what is currently happening along the New Jersey shore. Recently, a self proclaimed “environmental” group threatened to delay the start of a boardwalk project unless the town used an inferior decking material. I read statements released to the press by this “environmental” group and found them to be totally inaccurate, recklessly uninformed and perhaps worse. They made comments that either suggested or outright stated that Ipe is not a sustainable material, that it harms people in the rain forest and is harmful to the environment. At best, that is ignorant and uninformed mis-infomation.
Nothing could be further from the truth. It makes me angry when I read uninformed comments from those who are either ignorant or oblivious to the realities of properly managed forestry and I am not going to sit silently by and let untruths, half truths and outright lies go unchallenged. I’d like to modify an old adage and say, ‘the only thing that allows ignorance to flourish is that informed people sit by and do nothing.’ Let’s set the record straight about Ipe decking and other tropical hardwood decking materials with some facts:
The Truth About Ipe Decking and Other Sustainably Harvested Hardwood decking Species
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