Siberian-tigers 2010 is the Year of the Tiger.  Did you know there are only about 3200 tigers left in the wild?  This tiger subspecies, the Siberian Tiger– the world's largest cat is literally on the brink of extinction with only about 400 individuals remaining in their natural habitat.  I can't stand the idea of letting these magnificient creatures disappear forever on our watch.  Can you?

If not, here's something you need to know and it has to do with where you and your friends, family and neighbors buy your furniture. 

Siberian tigers live mainly in Russian forests which are now under assault by global timber conglomerates.  Tiger habitat is being systematically decimated to provide illegal timber that's used to make cheap furniture which is marketed mainly in the USA.  In fact, up to 90% of the furniture you see for sale in our country is made of illegally harvested wood that is clear cut from ecologically sensitive habitats like this.

You can help save the tiger by avoiding the purchase of imported wood furniture.  Buy American made furniture instead.  There are still many companies in the USA that specialize in furniture made from sustainably harvested wood that grows and is replanted right here in the USA.  America has some of the world's best quality hardwoods and our forest conservation laws are working to keep it that way.  One of our Vermont foresters told me the other day that in VT, our forests are growing at a rate that is faster than the harvest rate– certainly an important part of the definition of sustainability.

 If you want to learn more about the connection between tigers, forest conservation and wood furniture, give us a call at Vermont Woods Studios.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

Madagascar If you are buying furniture, flooring or other wood products, please avoid the purchase of ebony, rosewood, pallisander or any other exotic rainforest species. 

One of our founding missions at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture is rainforest conservation.  We are trying to raise awareness about where your furniture comes from.  Did you know that up to 90% of the furniture in America is made from illegally harvested wood that is plundered from the world's rapidly disappearing rainforests?  Furniture buyers can help correct this situation by avoiding the purchase of imported furniture and flooring.  The wood for most American made furniture is sourced in sustainably managed forests in the USA.

Here's an example of why this issue is so important.  News agencies, Mongabay and the BBC are reporting again about virgin primary rainforest in Madagascar being illegally pillaged by Chinese logging companies.  Irreparable damage to the fragile rainforest ecosystem is taking place.  The very unique species that live there are being pushed further towards extinction. This is not really news– it's happening continuously in nearly all of the worlds rainforests.

 

This photo shows the deforestation in Madagascar.  With its rivers running blood red from soil erosion and staining the surrounding Indian Ocean, astronauts have remarked that it looks as if Madagascar is bleeding to death.

 

Madagascar-lemurs The Madagascan destruction is to satisfy China's demand for rare rosewood which they use to make beds that sell for upwards of $1 million each.  In the process, we see a free-for-all of illegal hunting of some of the country's most endangered and charismatic species (including the lemur which is found nowhere else on earth) according to Conservation International.

We're asking our customers and readers to avoid the purchase of exotic woods and to spread this message to their friends and colleagues.  There are conservation laws on the books but corruption runs rampant in these rainforest countries.  Only a decrease in demand for the lumber will help to preserve these lands and the species that have evolved there for millions of years.  Please spread the word… Thanks!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Just a quick note to ask you to check out Dr. Glen Barry's initiative, Ecological Internet.  EI provides the most successful free Internet based environment portals and international Earth advocacy network ever, regularly achieving environmental conservation victories around the world.  Glen focuses on rainforest conservation like we do at Vermont Woods Studios Furniture.

Your tax-deductible donation to EI will support one of the leanest most effective environmental advocacy efforts in existence.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

World-wildlife-fund

We just renewed our annual membership with the World Wildlife Fund, one of my all time favorite charities.  Our obvious link with WWF (panda.org) now, is through our mutual efforts in forest conservation, but I've been a WWF fan since log before Vermont Woods Studios was born.  They've been one of the most effective major global players in conservation efforts supporting oceans, rivers, forests, endangered species and more for generations. 

If you're looking for a special gift for someone who loves nature, check out World Wildlife Fund's gift and adoption programs.  They make shopping easy, especially for the person who has everything.

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.

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Ecuador's largest and most spectacular waterfall, San Rafael Falls in Yasuni Park is to be destroyed by the Chinese-funded Coca-Codo Sinclair Hydroelectric Project.

As environmentalists with a mission in forest conservation, we're asking customers to take a minute and sign a petition to help save the park and the falls.

Thanks!

This blog is written by your friends at Vermont Woods Studios. Check out our Vermont made furniture and home decor online and visit our showroom and art gallery at Stonehurst, the newly restored 1800s farmhouse nestled in the foothills of the Green Mountains.