Pressure Treated Poles: A necessity for sustainable forestry

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Pressure Treated Poles

Pressure treated poles is the answer to making a whole industry more sustainable. At Sabie Poles, we are aware of massive environmental issues that are raised with the use of timber in the building and construction industry.

We know that deforestation and exhaustion of other natural resources are a big problem. Therefore, we aim to run our business as sustainably and environmentally friendly as possible.

What are Pressure Treated Poles?

Treated Poles are treated with a chemical called CCA (Chromed Copper Arsenic). These poles are perfectly packed and wheeled into a high-pressure chamber with CCA. Once the chamber is properly sealed, the CCA is highly pressurized in the chamber to penetrate deep into the timber.

This treatment process ensures that the timber is properly treated all the way through. Wood that has been pressure treated will have a green tinge to them.

Why do people choose pressure treated timber?

CCA Tantalized Timber is the most sought after timber in the agricultural and outdoor construction industry. Some of the most notable reasons that CCA Treated Poles are so popular:

  • Resistant to weathering
  • Comes with a 25 year guarantee (From reputable suppliers)
  • Immune to insects and other wood-eating pests
  • Safe to use in and around water
  • Resistant to decay and rot
  • Does not leach chemicals into the ground (When purchased from reputable pressure-treated manufacturers)
  • Affordable
Wooden Poles

What species of wood is most commonly pressure treated?

In Southern Africa, the most common timber is Pine and Gum Poles (Eucalyptus) . However, pine is rarely used due to it’s weak structural integrity. Eucalyptus/Gum is most prominently used for:

  • Fencing
  • Netting Poles
  • Transmission Poles
  • Wooden Homes

and more. Gum poles are significantly stronger and longer lasting than pine due to the fact that it naturally is more resistant to rot, decay, and insect attacks. When pressure-treated correctly these effects are multiplied. Therefore, a manufacturer can safely give a guarantee of a minimum of 25 years on the timber.

However, in recent years it has become evident that South African buyers are importing timber from other countries that is not grown and harvested in South Africa like:

  • Iroko
  • Balau
  • Garapa
  • Massaranduba
  • Rhodesian teak

These timber species are also hardwoods. It has come to the attention of the South African forestry sector that most of these timbers are expensive but do not have the longevity that Treated Gum Poles offer. The products imported are more often than not harvested too early which results in compromised structural integrity and low natural resistance against rot, decay, and insect attacks.

Therefore, these important exotic timber may only last a few years before disintegrating and becoming problematic.

As a South African consumer, it is important that you take all factors into consideration before making an expensive purchase. Always ensure that you are buying from reputable manufacturers.

What is sustainable forestry?

Sustainable forest management is the management of forests according to the principles of sustainable development. Sustainable forest management has to keep the balance between three main pillars: ecological, economic and socio-cultural


Therefore, sustainable forestry happens when all factors are taken into consideration. Specifically, the natural resources used to grow, harvest, and manufacture timber products as well as taking into account the economic factors. The last factor in creating a more sustainable industry is taking into consideration people’s beliefs, feelings, traditions, and other cultural factors that play a role in building our economy.

In essence, sustainable forestry is creating an industry that can function decades after our generation without destroying the environment.

Why is sustainable forestry important?

Sustainable forestry is important to:

  • Preserve natural resources
  • Conserving natural habitats of flora and fauna
  • Respecting the right of the local and greater community
  • Conserving the natural resources and forests for future generations
  • Keep economy up and running

CCA Pressure-treated poles are one of the most valuable aspects of implementing sustainable forestry within a whole industry. This has the potential to create ripple effects on other industries such as Agriculture and Construction.

How do pressure treated poles help

with sustainable forestry?

As mentioned above, CCA Tanalized treated poles have various benefits which include resistance against rotting, decay, and insect attacks.

Therefore, any structure built with CCA Treated Timber will last a minimum of 25 years. However, reports have shown CCA Treated Poles to outlive it’s guarantee by many many years. What does this mean for forestry, and sustainable forestry in particular?

Any structure build with CCA Treated timber will automatically last longer than it’s counterparts. Therefore, less wood will be needed to replace and/or repair the same structure in the long run. As a result of this, less trees need to be grown and harvested to supply wood for the same purposes.

Buying CCA Treated Timber means that you are supporting sustainable forestry practices.

How do Sabie Poles ensure that they are contributing to sustainable forestry?

At Sabie Poles, we take the conservation of forests and natural resources very seriously. Therefore we have implemented various structures and procedures to ensure that we are doing everything we can to save the environment for future generations. These include:

  • Growing our own forests

We have moved away from relying on other Eucalyptus farmers in order to control every aspect of the manufacturing processes and ensure that the growing of the trees are done in a environmentally friendly way.

  • Selective Eucalyptus species

As we own our own forests, we have invested time into finding the species that would offer two main factors: Durability/Quality and Water consumption. The species that we farm are one of many species within the eucalyptus family, however, it uses the least amount of water when compared to other.

  • Working for water

We work closely with governmental organizations like :working for water” to ensure we implement best practices wherever we are able to. We always strive to improve our growing, harvesting and manufacturing processes in a sustainable way.

  • Location of plantations

As mentioned above, we work closely with Governmental Organisations. As a result, we have located the optimal locations for our plantations in order to minimize the environmental effects. This includes:

  1. Plantations are not planted close to rivers or other water sources.
  2. Forests are planted on a slope leading to a ravine. Therefore, all water runoff is fed directly back into a ravine
  3. We do not irrigate our trees. They solely rely on ground water. However, gum trees have a higher evaporation rate causing a higher rainfall rate in forestry areas.

Additionally, eucalyptus trees offer the following benefits to the flora, fauna and surrounding commnity:

  • Produce large amounts of oxygen
  • Job creation ( Skilled and unskilled labour is required for the growing, harvesting and manufacturing processes)
  • Prevents soil erosion
  • Created a natural habitat for various fauna like birds, insects and bees.

Next time you buy a single pole, take sustainable forestry into consideration. Save the planet for future generations.

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