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New Town Builders Using Blue Stain Pine

Posted on September 28, 2011

(Above Photo: Blue Stain Pine or wood affected by mountain pine beetles, which stains the lumber with blue streaks)

Sept. 28, 2011

New Town Builders announced its plans to continue using wood impacted by mountain pine beetles, or Blue Stain Pine, at a press conference today.

More than 20 million acres across Rocky Mountain states have been impacted by the beetles, which kill the pine trees.

Perry Cadman, chief financial officer at New Town, said the wood is structurally sound so the builder plans to use it in home frames.

“It’s actually lumber that’s milled in the state of Colorado, harvested in the state of Colorado, and we’re using it to build all our homes …,” Cadman said.

The press conference was held inside New Town’s Central Park Rows in Stapleton’s newest neighborhood, Central Park West. The townhomes' framing was still exposed, revealing the Blue Stain Pine.

“It feels like I’ve been working on this my entire life,” said Sen. Mark Udall at the press conference, emphasizing his concern over finding solutions for the dead pines.

“Our economy is struggling like the rest of the country, but we’ve got a secret weapon – to me, that’s the spirit of inspiration,” Udall said. “There’s not enough money for us (the state) to cut and turn those trees into something profitable, but you’re doing that,” he said to New Town Builders.

Read more about New Town Builder’s use of beetle-kill wood: Check out this article in The Denver Post

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