Southern Fuelwood’s Sustainability Statement
Long before the word sustainability became popular, Southern Fuelwood was already practicing the pillars of sustainability——environmental stewardship, social responsibility and economic innovation. We believe that our efforts to be socially and environmentally responsible, contribute to our overall business success. Not only is Southern Fuelwood committed to sustainable practices, but we have developed strong relationships with our private and commercial landowner wood suppliers, foresters, and loggers, who recognize as we do, that it makes good sense also for their businesses and communities. These partners practice sustainable forest management and have a track record of sound harvesting practices. Southern Fuelwood’s mission is to promote the responsible use of Florida’s forest resources through a variety of successful services, using sustainable practices.
Everybody is talking about “eco-friendly” products. When Southern Fuelwood refers to its “eco-friendly” products it is looking at the entire production cycle of the product, from the raw wood to the final finished products, not some unique “eco-friendly” label. The wood and by-products of processing at Southern Fuelwood do not add carbon dioxide to the atmosphere because wood absorbs the same amount of carbon dioxide while it is growing as it releases when it is consumed as fuel thereby supporting a sustainable environment.
Southern Fuelwood is helping resolve sustainability concerns by researching energy alternatives for our drying kilns. At present we have several biomass fed kilns. We plan to convert the remaining kilns from gas to biomass fuel, thereby disposing of our waste wood and protecting natural resources as well as the environment.
Southern Fuelwood is also working on a project that is developing gasification of biomass as a source of energy. When implemented, we will be able to generate our own electrical power using our waste wood materials and reducing our oil and gas dependency.
Southern Fuelwood regularly communicates with forestry professionals on current trends and technical matters related to best management practices. Good professional relationships have led to close working opportunities with the State Department of Agriculture, research personnel at the University of Florida’s School of Forest Resources and Conservation and Engineering College. Southern Fuelwood was instrumental in the State of Florida’s research and implementation of Rule 5B-65 that requires heat treatment of firewood products used in Florida whether it is produced within or outside the state thereby protecting our forest from the infestation of wood boring pests.
Membership and active participation in the Florida Forestry Association, Society of American Foresters, the Florida Tree Farmers and other professional organizations, serve Southern Fuelwood well as resources for “issues in question” and keep us informed on legislation affecting forestry and the future of forestry and its sustainability.
As owner/operator of Southern Fuelwood for three decades, Patrick McKenzie Post, a fourth generation Floridian from a family of forest landowners of more than a 1,000 acres of continually reforested land, is uniquely positioned to influence how future generations will experience the state’s natural heritage. Through respon-sible, science-based natural resource conservation in his company’s every day routine, Pat confirms his diligence to meet his commitment to continue his family’s long-standing legacy of “leaving the land in a better condition when it is passed on to the next generation.”
Pat Post and Southern Fuelwood have proven through an unwavering commitment to supporting issues involving the protection of forestry, agriculture, and the environment that we are truly dedicated to his family’s history of long-term planning and best practices to guarantee that Florida’s forests and other natural resources will always remain sustainable.