DENVER (Sept. 23, 2011) –Choose Outdoors, responding to a request from Undersecretary of Agriculture Harris Sherman is working with  New Town Builders, Denver’s leader in the design and construction of energy efficient homes,and  has now taken the lead on addressing one of Colorado’s most troubling environmental issues.

“The importance of being proactive in this effort to deal with the ‘Katrina of the West’ by the outdoor recreation community cannot be underestimated,” said Choose Outdoors founder and senior adviser Bruce Ward. “It is atime for all of us who love the great outdoors to step and be part of the solution.”

New Town Builders will hold a press conference Sept. 27 to provide details on a program in which wood from lodgepole pine trees will be used in the construction of New Town Builders homes. The pine beetle has infested more than 3 million acres of Colorado forestry, and New Town Builders’ initiative will help clear the wood, repress fire danger, open areas for vegetative growth, and provide a boost to the state’s lumber industry.

What:Press conference to announce New Town Builders’ use of “Rocky Mountain Blue Stained Pine” in the framing of new homes. New Town Builders is the first production home builder in the state that has made the commitment to use Blue Stained Pine on such a large scale.
When:Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m.
Where:Stapleton Neighborhood, 10244 E. 29th Dr., Denver, CO 80238
Who:New Town Builders executives, representative of Choose Outdoors, various elected officials, experts from the Colorado lumber industry and others who are knowledgeable about the pine-beetle devastation.
Why:To explain the importance of “reclaiming” this lumber and educating the public regarding the lumber’s structural integrity.
How:This lodgepole pine, otherwise known as Rocky Mountain Blue Stained Pine, has been approved by grading agencies in the lumber industry for use in vertical framing, in the same class as common home-construction lumber such as Hemlock fir and Douglas fir.

Reporters will have a chance to ask questions of all parties involved in this program, including the home builder, the politicians who spear-headed the efforts to find viable uses for Blue Stained Pine, and even a new homeowner. Photographers will have an opportunity to tour the framed building, getting close-ups of the blue stain that the pine beetle creates via chemical residue.

About New Town Builders

New Town Builders has been creating original homes in the Denver area since 2001, with an emphasis on energy efficiency, sustainability and neo-classical designs that recall an era when houses truly felt like homes. On the outside, liveable porches and designer colors lend a distinctive appearance to New Town homes; while on the inside, technology and smart design allows New Town Builders to “future-proof” its homes. All New Town homes receive the Energy Star Efficiency Rating, and New Town is a member of Home Builders of Association. They offer homes in the Colorado neighborhoods of Bradburn Village (Westminster), Stapleton (Denver), Shadow Grass (Longmont) and Tallyn’s Reach (Aurora). For more information go to www.newtownbuilders.com or call 303-707-4400.

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  1. Sorry, this is an incorrect advisory; we rescheduled to September 28 at 1:30 to deal with logistics; please call Bruce Ward 303 917 1476 for more info; Bruce Ward

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