The Laurel of Asheville December issue Sustainability Feature is a story on the Root Cause initiative by writer Frances Figart. Figart highlighted the importance of recognizing all of the links in the chain of producing local forest products—from landowners to sawmills to craftspeople and craft manufacturers—and the way that consumers choosing to purchase locally, sustainably made forest products strengthens the economy of Western North Carolina. We are proud that Root Cause is featured in The Laurel of Asheville and hope that this will continue to raise awareness of the importance of buying locally made wood furnishings and forest products in Western North Carolina. Read the full article online here or click the image below to view a PDF.
The November 2013 issue of Capital at Play magazine included the Root Cause Award winners in the “People at Play” section. We appreciate Capital at Play helping spread the word about the Root Cause Initiative and celebrating our award winners who have excelled in the local forest products industry and sustainable forestry.
This week is National Forest Products week, which recognizes the contributions the forest products industry makes to the environment and to the local, state and national economy. “Most American’s don’t realize that Forest products are a part of daily life. From buildings, bridges, and paper, to energy, chemicals and even jobs, our society depends on trees to provide for us.” (USDA Blog).
Appalachian Designs is proud to be a part of the forest products industry in Western North Carolina, and to support the Root Cause Initiative in bringing greater awareness of the importance of sustainable forestry and forest products to our region.
President Obama issued the annual Presidential Proclamation which officially proclaims National Forest Products Week. In his 2013 proclamation the President notes, “Our Nation’s forests are essential to our lasting prosperity and to who we are as a people. These natural wonders provide clean air and water for our communities and abundant habitats for wildlife, as well as building materials for our homes, and jobs and recreation for workers and families across our country. During National Forest Products Week, we celebrate the sustainable uses of America’s forests and the important contributions they make to our economy and our national life…I call on the people of the United States to join me in recognizing the dedicated individuals who are responsible for the stewardship of our forests and for the preservation, management, and use of these precious natural resources for the benefit of the American people” (read the full proclamation here).
The Asheville Citizen-Times recently featured a piece on the 2013 Root Cause Awards. The story details the purpose of the awards, to honor those who have demonstrated excellence in sustainable forestry and local forest products, and recognizes the recipients. Thanks to the Citizen-Times for the coverage! (View the story on the Citizen-Times website). To view a scan of the full story, click here.
The May & June 2013 issue of the North Carolina magazine Capital at Play features a cover story about John Fletcher, founder of Pisgah Hardwood, and his dedication to sustainable forestry.
The article is not only a tribute to a local business trying to do more than just improve its bottom line, but also the history of modern forestry in Western North Carolina. We applaud John Fletcher and Pisgah Hardwood for showing dedication to the values we’ve also worked for with the Root Cause initiative: supporting local landowners that use their forests wisely – preserving their acreage, nature’s ecosystems, and our mountain views; and supporting all the people that follow trees from its growth to the making of something both beautiful and practical.
Sandie Rhodes, editor of The Fairview Town Crier has written a great piece about our twentieth birthday and the Root Cause initiative. Check out the full article Beauty by Design: Appalachian Designs Turns Twenty.
We were thrilled to be recognized with an Environmental Excellence Award from Asheville GreenWorks at its board meeting on March 27.
Lang accepted the award from Asheville Greenworks board member Louise Baker (pictured), which recognized Appalachian Designs “for reclaiming urban wood and turning it into beautifully designed pieces.”
We appreciate this wonderful recognition and its support of our committment to creating awareness in the southern Appalachians for the use of local forest products. As emphasized in our Root Cause initiative, if you understand the importance of buying locally grown food, spread that thinking to our forests, and your furnishings. Buying local keeps money in Western North Carolina and is the truest way to create and sustain jobs for an improved, more sustainable economy. In a region that is the birthplace of Forest Conservation in the United States, Root Cause seeks to continue WNC’s historic commitment to modern forestry.
In 2010, Appalachian Designs was one of three recipients of grants from the Land-of-Sky Regional Council’s WNC Forest Products Cooperative Marketing Project. In this video, Lang explains how the grant funding has helped Appalachian Designs thrive as a local WNC business.
Appalachian Designs makes hand-crafted log furniture, rustic furniture and custom furniture using local forest products.
I was proud to be featured in this Sunday’s Asheville Citizen-Times Ideas section. Dale Neal wrote a great article on the local housing market, wisely pointing out that supporting local shelter through using locally grown, sustainable building materials and products is just as important as supporting the local food movement. Using local products related to the building industry has a positive ripple effect on businesses throughout your community.
Dale and I spoke about how the recent uptick in the housing market was affecting business. We also talked at length about trying to promote local business and how effective the local food movement has been. Appalachian Designs is eager to remain part of the local movement on the forest products, home furnishings and home building front. Check out the entire article here.
I’m glad to see that these bears in Chunns Cove enjoy lounging in our wood Adirondack chairs as much as people do, and as bear season is underway in the mountains there are sure to be more bears in search of comfortable chairs—and food.
All fun aside, bears are a serious issue for residents of Western North Carolina. To protect yourself and the bears this season I recommend that you bring in your bird feeders and pet food at night; never confront a bear, especially one with cubs; and perhaps most importantly, make sure you have comfortable seating available to them.
The bears won’t be out for long, so for a limited time we’re offering 10% off our Adirondack chairs, including locust Adirondacks (pictured right). Contact us to find out more today!