EcoWood Offers Sustainably Harvested Wood Products on Madeline Island

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with Madeline Island Realty 50317-90

EcoWood has become much more than the "Island sawmill".  It is a company dedicated to producing finished wood products, such as flooring, cabinetry, trim and decorative panels, in a sustainable manner.   The company adheres to an eco-friendly mode of operation that is unique in the Apostle Islands region of Lake Superior and northwestern Wisconsin.

EcoWood Saw Mill Operation

EcoWood uses only bio-diesel fuel to power its vehicles, sawmills and other machinery.  All buildings and kilns are heated with scrap wood, burned in a high-efficiency boiler.  Only wood harvested sustainably is used.  EcoWood does not clear-cut any forested areas in the process of obtaining its raw material.  And best of all, these beautifully-finished wood products are 100% native to Madeline Island.

In addition to their regular product line, EcoWood is now offering "Shoop Planks" for grilling fish, seafood and meat or vegetables.  The planks come packaged with cooking directions, marinade recipe and a handy storage bag.  These cooking planks make great holiday gifts! 

Here are a couple of plank-grilling recipes, one for chicken and the other for plank-grilled salmon:

http://www.outdoorcook.com/article1053.php

For more information on EcoWood products, please call EcoWood, in LaPointe, Wisconsin, at 715-747-5644 or visit http://www.ecowoodco.com/.

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Rainmaker
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Inna Hardison
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That's so neat. I wish there was a company here that did that with all the wood we simply dispose off. The easiest and I guess cheapest way for our local developers to clear the land is to burn the woods that are inevitably in the way... There's gotta be a better way :-)
Dec 14, 2007 01:35 AM #1
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Inna -- It upsets me to see developers clear-cut a beautiful forested area because it's more convenient to move heavy construction equipment around that way.  Some home builders will completely level a mature wooded area and then re-plant with saplings to give it a manicured look.  What a waste?
Dec 14, 2007 02:09 AM #2
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Inna Hardison
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Eric, it seems most of Palm Coast was built that way. Of course then the city throws is a few trails and parks to make it all better... ARGGG!
Dec 14, 2007 02:17 AM #3
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David Helm
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Good to see your post.  What definition do they give to sustainable.  I ask this because it is virtually impossible to truly know what is sustainable (I've been struggling with this for thirty plus years).  I am happy to hear that they use no clearcut.  There are a number of theories and plans out there regarding sustained yeild logging.  Ultimately, it comes down to convincing the land owners that "natural selection" logging will produce more economic yield over time than clearcut.  I applaud your local mill.
Dec 14, 2007 03:00 AM #4
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
CRS, Madeline Island Realty, LaPointe, WI 54850 -

David, my understanding is that they don't go out and "log" the island, but rather take selected logs when roads or driveways are built.  Madeline Island is finite and wouldn't support aggressive logging for very long.  Wood isn't wasted on our island.  Oak logs taken during site clearing are often recycled for use as "crib logs" in the construction of docks.  And a growing number of residential developments on the Island have covenants which prohibit tree clearing (outside of what's needed for a driveway and building site) without prior association approval.

We have a unique forest mix on the Island, with tall, straight oaks, maples and other assorted hardwoods on the south end, changing to boreal-type forest (hemlock, birch and cedar) on the north end.  The forest mix is the result of micro-climates, created by the shelter of other islands and by the moderating influence of water upon air temperatures.

Dec 14, 2007 03:09 AM #5
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Sharon Simms
Coastal Properties Group International - Christie's International - Saint Petersburg, FL
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Eric - how nice to have a company that is both local and green!  
Dec 15, 2007 06:20 AM #6
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Eric Kodner
Madeline Island Realty - La Pointe, WI
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Sharon, our Madeline Island community is very environmentally-conscious.  We recognize the necessity, being that an island is finite and has a fragile ecosystem that could easily be compromised.
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