As a structurally sound material, redwood is ideal for both indoor and outdoor projects. Less prone to shrinkage or swelling than other woods, redwood lumber lasts 25 to 35 years with minimal maintenance, and over 100 years when used inside. Redwood is resistant to insects, fire, and rot, adding durability to structures that need to brave the elements. In the summer months, it stays cool enough for bare feet.  Photo 3 of 7 in Beauty and Brains: Building Sustainably With Redwood
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Using redwood helps reduce the environmental footprint of your project. Humboldt Redwood Company honors its responsibility as forest stewards by selectively harvesting and replanting trees—that is, over 10 million seedlings to date. A team of wildlife biologists focuses on preserving biodiversity and monitoring vulnerable species like northern spotted owls, marbled murrelets, and Point Arena mountain beavers. Lumber, a carbon reservoir, also reduces greenhouse gas emissions.  Photo 5 of 7 in Beauty and Brains: Building Sustainably With Redwood
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