Throughout the American West, more than 150 million acres of forest have been destroyed by the Mountain Pine Beetle, a species that is native to America, but whose population has reached unprecedented levels due to poor forest management and warmer temperatures. Wood from infected trees develops a distinctive blue stain. Sustainable Northwest Wood salvages this wood from parks and campgrounds to mill flooring, paneling, and other interior finish materials. snwwood.com
Jennifer Brite is a design journalist and public-health scientist who is currently pursuing a doctorate in public health with a concentration in epidemiology and demography at the City University of New York. For ARCHITECT, she writes about new products and sustainable design.