Cedro from old growth tropical forests should be avoided. Cedro from second-growth logging operations (such as in Central America) can be used if certified as well-managed by the Forest Stewardship Council.

Cedro, also called Spanish cedar, is a hardwood species that ranges through Central and South America. Cedro is a high-value species heavily targeted by loggers.

For more on cedro, see World Conservation Monitoring Center, http://www.wcmc.org.uk/trees/Species%20in%20trade/ced_odo.htm

Cedro is often used as a mahogany substitute in solid doors and other products. Cedro is the wood of choice for use in making cigar boxes.


For solid wood doors, oak has been used for many years. Red oak is rated as extremely durable by the US Forest Products Laboratory. For exterior solid doors, certified, second-growth Douglas fir can be also be used, as it is also rated as extremely durable.

For cigar boxes… well, how about avoiding them entirely.