Campground Blue Pine
Sustainable Northwest Wood is proud to partner with small mills that are salvaging beetle-killed pine trees from public parks and campgrounds where the dead standing trees pose a risk to human users.
This exceptional wood features dramatic natural blue streaking throughout the wood. It looks especially beautiful when used for flooring, furniture, countertops, and accent wall and ceiling paneling.
Blue pine can be any species of pine tree that acquires a natural blue stain after being infected by the Mountain Pine Beetle. We work primarily with Ponderosa and Lodgepole Pine, which are the dominant evergreen species in the affected areas. We call it Campground Blue Pine because our supply was previously sourced from public parks and campgrounds, where the dead standing trees posed a risk to human users. As those projects wrapped up, we partnered with additional small mills, and now our supply comes from salvage projects in fire-stricken areas in Central and Eastern Oregon.
The Mountain Pine Beetle is infecting forests in the American West at epidemic rates. From Mexico through Canada, more than 150 million acres of forest have died as a result, an area roughly the size of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho combined. These millions of acres of dead standing trees pose an enormous risk for catastrophic wildfires, as the dead trees burn hotter and faster than living trees.The beetles are a natural part of the forest cycle, but decades of poor forest management resulting in overcrowding, water stress, and general ill health, combined with warmer winters and a new ability for the beetles to breed year-round, is allowing them to proliferate at rates never before seen in American history.
Blue Pine is a cost-effective and strikingly beautiful wood for applications including:
- Wall paneling and accent walls
- Flooring and trim
- Ceiling and soffit paneling
- Furniture and interior accessories
- Live-edge bars and countertops
- 1x6 T&G Paneling
- 1x8 T&G Paneling
- 4/4 Lumber
- Live-Edge Slabs