F.A.Q. – Frequently asked questions
- Where grows the wood for STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
The competition wood grows on certified plantations in Belgium and the Netherlands. The trees are fast growing hybrids which are 100% sustainable. They are harvested with minimum impact on the natural environment. STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® constantly quests to find various plantations to deliver premium wood for the next five to ten years.
- How do you guarantee fair chopping and sawing conditions for the competitions?
Timber is a natural resource and thus no tree or trunk is like another. In order to provide the best possible conditions for the athletes we use selective harvesting from equally grown trees and plantations. In addition, experienced specialists examine the tree trunks for knots and defects before the wood is distributed to the competition locations.
- What happens to the wood residues after the competition?
The remaining wood and sawdust is gathered and recycled after all competitions and for instance used for bio mass and finally green energy.
- What kind of wood do you use for the competitions?
The STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® competition wood for almost all disciplines is taken from fast growing poplar trees, which are cultivated on certified industrial plantations and are 100% sustainable. The only exception is the wood used for Single Buck – for this discipline, the athletes take white pine instead of poplar.
- Who is responsible for the wood management of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®?
Spike Milton, the Global Sports Director of STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, and Bart Jansen, Head of Wood for STIHL TIMBERSPORTS®, combine 40 years of experience with sustainable wood management. Together they examine the trees prior to cutting in order to ensure high quality competition wood and thus equal standards for all athletes.
- What will the future of the sustainable logging look like?
For the future of the extreme sport, STIHL TIMBERSPORTS® puts great emphasis on responsibly grown, certified wood to ensure sustainability. Regarding this, the team around Spike Milton and Bart Jansen constantly quests to find various plantations and partners to deliver premium wood for the next five to ten years.