The Sustainability Of Black Locust Wood
Is Black Locust a sustainable wood? The question is often asked in the sustainable building community. The answer is an emphatic yes, based on a natural growth habit of the tree that makes it one of the most sustainable woods you can use.
Black Locust spreads naurally through underground stems. The main tree sends out underground stems that travel under the soil and periodically send out upright shoots that will grow into trees. Even if you cut down the mother tree, these underground stems will quickly push up new shoots that will form new trees. In fact, the new shoots will grow much more rapidly if the mother tree is cut down. This growth habit is why you so rarely find a single Black Locust tree, they tend to grow in bunches, often in groves.
If you buy your wood from Black Locust Lumber you can rest assured that it is harvested in a sustainable manner.