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A two-story demonstration of local products

[Minnesota] A 1,300-square-foot wooden house that’s made almost entirely of locally harvested, sustainably grown wood was built recently to demonstrate green building principles and the use of local, certified products. The developer, Minneapolis-based Dovetail Partners, and local officials also hope the project will help create jobs, economic opportunities for business owners and long-term affordability for homeowners. Eric Hovland, owner of Hovland Lumber, said he’s seen a significant increase in demand for his products since the home was completed. Hovland’s lumber mill is in the process of acquiring FSC certification. He says the market for sustainably harvested wood is growing. “It’s just a good idea and I like seeing our local forests promoted and used wisely,” he said. “It also keeps more business in the area and helps create jobs.”
News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes
www.southernsustainableforests.org

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