Pinova partners with land owners and land managers to harvest the pine stumps of two specific and indigenous species, longleaf and slash pine trees, which have the richest rosin content. Stump harvesting defrays site prep costs, improves the productivity of the land, encourages natural reforestation and removes fuel from the forest floor during prescribed burns.
Partnering with Land Owners and Land Managers
Pinova engages directly with land owners to extract longleaf and slash pine stumps and restore the land for reforestation.
To some, a pine stump may suggest the end of the tree’s life. But these stumps, aging and ripening for years, are naturally infused with rosin which can be retrieved, refined and repurposed. To Pinova, pine stumps are a natural treasure.
While multiple varieties of pine trees grow in abundance in the southeastern coastal plain, Pinova seeks out the stumps of two specific and indigenous species, longleaf and slash pine trees which have the richest rosin content. Limiting our harvesting to the southeastern coastal plain also helps to reduce our carbon footprint due to its proximity to our production location. For landowners with longleaf and slash pine trees, the partnership with Pinova is grounded in a shared love and stewardship for the land and a shared respect for pine forests.
Through a mutually beneficial process, the partners work together to promote reforestation and return the land back to its best use through sound sustainable forestry practices which minimize the impacts to indigenous wildlife species.
The Pinova team of experienced foresters, working in pine forests in seven southeastern states, engage directly with land owners and land managers. The foresters will walk the land, identify the suitable stumps, and negotiate a contract for the stumps with the owner or manager. Once both parties are in agreement, then the real work begins.
Decades ago, stump removal was an invasive, land-scarring process that used dynamite and bulldozers. Today, Pinova and our team of skilled contractors carefully make their way across the land in a slow and measured process that utilizes highly specialized precision machinery that was specifically designed for the task of stump extraction and the need for land renewal.
Our skilled operators work the land, seeking and removing stumps with emphasis and care to leave no uneven ground behind. The hole created by the tree stump is filled in and smoothed over to ensure a safe landscape. Stump harvesting improves the productivity of the land and defrays site preparation costs. Mechanized stump removal benefits the land owner by encouraging natural re-forestation and by reducing fuel on the forest floor during prescribed burns
If you are an owner or manager of a pine forest located in the southeast USA with a harvested forest of pine stumps, we would like to hear from you.
Truckloads of harvested stumps from across the southeast are shipped to the Pinova production facility in Brunswick, Georgia. As the trucks arrive daily at the plant, their loads are first weighed. Harvested stumps are then hoisted into mammoth grinders that reduce them to matchstick-sized pieces, beginning a process by which their naturally-formed rosin and oil are extracted, refined and reborn into an array of specialty products.
After the rosin-rich content of the stumps has been removed, Pinova responsibly repurposes what remains, fully utilizing the entire stump. The remaining wood fibers are incinerated, generating 100% of the steam and 30% of the plant’s electrical needs. Using every part of every stump reflects Pinova’s corporate commitment to sustainability and environmentally-centered stewardship.
Pinova seeks stumps that are:
• Slash or longleaf pine
• Either cut recently or years ago
• 40 years or older
The natural rosins extracted from pine stumps provide the basis for a broad range of high performance specialty resins for the world’s most essential industries and best known brands. Chances are high that you touch or consume a Pinova product on a regular basis. If you have enjoyed a refreshing orange beverage, used adhesive tapes, chewed gum, applied a bandage, mascara or lipstick – or driven on roads paved with asphalt, you have benefited from one of the many ways in which the world utilizes Pinova products.
And it all begins with nature’s container for rich wood rosin: the pine stump.
Please tell us more about your holding using the form below and we will contact you to discuss how we may be able to work together.