As woodworkers, Heartwood
Creations depends on nature; it is imperative to give back and restore what
has been used. They take this conviction very seriously.
In 1990 Michael Fisher of Heartwood Creations
made a commitment to develop a tree planting policy that would replenish
trees used to make their wooden boxes. He spent many hours communicating
with the people that cut trees and sell lumber, talked to non-profit
organizations that protect the forests and read articles on the subject of
He decided that one
proactive step to take was impose a "self tax" on the wood that he buys.
Money saved for this purpose could then be placed directly into the hands of
the people who devote their time to planting trees. Since 1990, Heartwood
Creations has provided funds to 5 major tree planting organizations
resulting in the planting of over 100,000 trees.
The organizations they support plant 10 inch to 18 inch hardwood seedlings
native to the areas being replanted. The planting sites include riverbed
areas, fire damaged state parks and forests, erosion damaged and denuded
hillsides. Heartwood Creations also supply scouting troops and schools
with seedlings for planting in their communities.
Currently, Heartwood Creations replants
approximately five trees for every tree they use. Their hope is that many of
these trees will remain for the enjoyment of future generations and that
some will be harvested and utilized upon their maturity.