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James Birkemeier

Low-impact logging, use of solar-heated kilns for wood-drying, and harvesting only diseased or windblown trees are central to business at Timbergreen Farm, which produces hardwood flooring and handmade wood products that are sold directly to customers. Proprietor Jim Birkemeier has long trained other Wisconsin woodlot owners in sustainable timber management. Now he’s taking his message around the world—stops include Ecuador and New Zealand—to help forest owners there earn a fair income and protect the remaining rainforests, he says.