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Lumber Production and Preparation

All production of wood products begins with the logging of timber by a number of methods (e.g., clear-cutting versus selective cutting). In intensively managed forest stands, softwood lumber (particularly dimension lumber or pulp lumber) can be produced quite efficiently. In contrast, the inherently slow growth of hardwood species restricts the methods of harvest primarily to selective methods from naturally occurring timber stands. Once logs have been felled and are ready for transport, they are moved from the timber stands by vehicle or by using waterways to float them to a milling operation. At the sawmill, the logs are sawn to optimize the quantity and quality of the lumber. The sawyer needs to know the characteristics of the wood being cut and how the lumber will respond to drying and further milling operations. When cut, live timber is very wet the cell spaces in the xylem are filled with water (a moisture content of approximately 100 percent). This water (free water) must be...

Dimensional Lumber

Among the many uses of wood products, the production of dimensional lumber ranks as one of the most significant, particularly in the construction of residential dwellings. The majority of timber species used for dimensional lumber are conifers (gymnosperms), which are typically evergreen (non-deciduous) trees, and come from areas where these plants are the major component of the flora in their habitats (e.g., coniferous forests). The wood produced from them is called softwood despite the fact that for many species it is quite hard and durable. This term is used in contrast to hardwood, a term applied to the wood obtained from angiosperm trees, which are typically (but not always) deciduous, and have slightly different cellular characteristics of their xylem. In North America, three major groups of conifers are used for the majority of dimensional lumber spruce (Picea spp.), pine (Pinus spp.), and fir (Abies spp. or Pseudotsuga spp.). The woods of these species are very similar in...

Economic Importance of Plants

Plants provide food directly, of course, and also feed livestock that is then consumed itself. In addition, plants provide the raw materials for many types of pharmaceuticals, as well as tobacco, coffee, alcohol, and other drugs. The fiber industry depends heavily on the products of cotton, and the lumber products industry relies on wood from a wide variety of trees (wood fuel is used primarily in rural areas). Approximately 2.5 billion people in the world still rely on subsistence farming to satisfy their basic needs, while the rest are tied into increasingly complex production and distribution systems to provide food, fiber, fuel, and other plant-derived commodities. The capability of plants to satisfy these growing needs is not a new concern. The Reverend Thomas Malthus (1766-1834) in his Essay on the Principle of Population in 1798 argued that population growth would exceed nature's ability to provide subsistence. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the world population was about...

Human Influences on the Carbon Cycle

Humans are causing large changes in the carbon cycle. First, humans have altered the land biosphere by cutting forests to clear land for agriculture for lumber, pulp, and fuel wood and to make room for cities. Natural grasslands have also been plowed for agriculture. In the early 1990s about 38 percent of Earth's land surface was used for agriculture including croplands and pastures, according to United Nations statistics. When land is cleared, most of the carbon stored in the plants and much of that stored in the soils is converted to CO2 and lost to the atmosphere. Second, since the mid-1800s humans have learned to harness the energy stored in fossil fuels, mainly coal, oil, and natural gas. The term fossil fuels refers to the fact that these materials are composed of the fossil remains of ancient plants. When fossil fuels are burned, energy that can be used to light and heat our homes, drive our cars, and manufacture all the goods that we use from day to day is released. Burning...

Economic Importance of the Cell Wall

The cell wall is unmatched in the diversity and versatility of its economic uses. Lumber, charcoal, and other wood products are obvious examples. Textiles such as cotton and linen are derived from the walls of unusually long and strong fiber cells. Paper is likewise a product of long fiber cell walls that are extracted, beaten, and dried as a uniform sheet. Cellulose can be dissolved and regenerated as a manmade fiber called rayon or in sheets called cellophane. Chemically modified cellulose is used to make plastics, membranes, coatings, adhesives, and thickeners found in a vast array of products, from photographic film to paint, nail polish to explosives. In agriculture, cell walls are important as animal fodder, whereas in the human diet, cell walls are important as dietary fiber or roughage. Pectin is used as a gelling agent in jellies, yogurt, low-fat margarines, and other foods, while powered cellulose is similarly used as a thickener in foods and as an inert filler in medicinal...

Economics and Market Prospects

As the international market for wood products adjusts to the dwindling supply from natural forests, market acceptance of fast-growing tree products is unavoidable. Despite constraints common to fast-growing plantation species that limit its marketability as sawn lumber and certain veneers, A. mangium is very suitable for pulp, paper, and the growing industry of reconstituted wood products (particleboard, medium-density fiberboard, etc.).

Magnolias Custard Apples And Anise Trees

The yellow poplar is one of the most important and commercially valuable trees of the entire eastern United States. Ranging from upstate New York to the Ohio Valley, it finds its southern limits in the central Florida peninsula. Although most Florida specimens are somewhat modest in size, the tree has the potential to grow as tall as 50 m with a trunk diameter of between 3 and 4 m. Such trees provide many board feet of commercial lumber.

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Flavonoids phytoestrogens of Epimedium brevicornum Max hoary goat weed

Daily dose of hoary goat weed or placebo. All the women received 300 mg of calcium daily. According to researchers, flavonoids (phytoestrogens) of hoary goat weed may be responsible for increase in bone mineral density at the hip and lumber region thus exerting a useful effect in osteoporosis. The herb contains iicarin and flavonoids genistein and daidezin.

Conifers with Flat Needles

Height 40'-60' (75') diameter l' 2' (3'). Similar species Upright cones distinctive when present- Hemlocks have stalked needles and rough twigs. (1) American Yew is shrubby and has smooth twigs, (2) See also Fraser Fir. Remarks A good Christmas tree that holds its needles. Soft, perishable wood of less value than spruce as lumber or pulp. Canada balsam is obtained from bark blisters, a gum used by woodsmen as a wound plaster and waterproof cement sold in stores as a confection before advent of chicle chewing gum, Formerly used in cementing lenses and in mounting specimens on microscope slides. Fire-by-friction sets are often made of this wood, and resinous fir knots once were used as torches. Seeds are eaten by ruffed, spruce, and sharptail grouse twigs eaten by snowshoe hare, whitetail deer, and moose bark gnawed by porcupine, our most beautiful forest trees. The fact that the leaves fall upon drying makes it a poor Christmas tree, Formerly spared the ax because of...

Byrsonima Rues And Lignum Vitae

The scientific name for the Zanthoxylum genus derives from the combination of the Greek words zanthos, or yellow, and xylum* or wood, because of the color of its lumber. The common name yellow wood is even used for at least one species- A few other species, most notably the northern prickly ash and Hercules*

The Future Of Carnivorous Plants

Fire is necessary for the health of a bog. Bog core samples show that in ancient times there were many fires, as is indicated by charcoal layers and evidence of post-fire regrowth. Modern research in which bogs have been regularly fired over a period of years shows that a fast surface fire tends to remove detritus, competing herbs, and young woody plants that invade the margins of a bog as it goes through its natural maturation process (eutrophication) toward becoming forest land in the north and a scrub bog in the south. Periodic autumn firing, properly controlled, can greatly prolong the life of a bog. However, man the farmer, lumberman, and developer has either caused superheated holocausts that destroy everything in huge tracts of natural lands or has tried to control all fire. Many fine areas formerly inhabited by carnivorous plants have been absorbed into forest or scrub during the lifetimes of living botanists who have witnessed the process. So much for the grim side of the...

Genetic Control of Growth

Much attention has been given to genetic variation in poplars, largely for three reasons (Dickmann and Stuart, 1983) (1) poplars produce more biomass in short-rotation intensive culture than most other deciduous or evergreen species (2) wide genetic variability among poplars offers opportunity for genetic improvement and high yield of wood and (3) there is a strong demand for use of poplar for pulp, lumber, and energy through combustion or conversion to alcohol or other fuels. Large increases in productivity of poplars have been made by combinations of interspecific hybridization, parent selection, and clonal selection (Weber et al., 1985 Stettler et al., 1988).

Walnuts And Hickories

The walnuts and hickories of the family Juglandaceae arc important American trees that are well known for the commercial value of their wood and fruits, The lumber of both genera has long been respected for its beautiful grain and outstanding durability, and the value of the genera's tasty nuts has been recognized since the Neu World's earliest days. Historical accounts of colonial nutting parties indicate that the fruits of at least some of ihe hickories and walnuts were often collected and highly prized for their oily, sweet kernels. The fruit of i he walnut is still used as a flavoring for commercially produced ice cream.

Economic Significance

Conifers are also considered the most important gymnospermous group from an economic perspective. Coniferous trees are a very important source of timber for lumber and paper. They are harvested in North America, parts of Europe and Asia, and in Australia. In addition to timber, conifers provide Christmas trees, ornamental trees and shrubs, turpentine, and resin. Pine nuts (or pignoli), the seeds of some pine trees, are used as food. An important cancer-fighting drug, taxol, has been derived from the bark and leaves of the Pacific Coast yew (Taxus). Other gymnosperms also are the source of drugs and herbal medications. The powerful stimulant ephedrine derived from the gnetophyte Ephedra is often used in cold and allergy medications, and compounds shown to improve the mental capacities of the elderly have been discovered in Ginkgo. Ginkgo seeds are also quite nutritious and are used as food in Asia. Ginkgo and cycads are also important as ornamentals. see also Coniferous Forests...

Manufactured Wood Products

Some wood products are actually manufactured that is, constructed from raw wood materials, but utilizing adhesives or other filler components to create new products useful to the construction industry. Perhaps the most important of these is plywood, a wood product made of several layers or plys of thinly cut wood. The grain patterns are normally oriented at right angles to one another prior to their lamination with various forms of adhesives. The result is a sheet stock product that is very dimensionally stable, maintains its flatness when installed properly, and can be used for a wide variety of applications flooring, sheathing for the outer shell of framed buildings, and roofing. Development of plywood has revolutionized the home construction industry, which previously relied upon sawn and processed lumber planks for these purposes. Other manufactured wood products make use of chips, coarse wood particles, and, in some cases, wood fibers or sawdust, all of which were previously...

Sided Leaves

Remarks Both the lumber and crushed foliage are aromatic. Wood is soft, durable, very light. The lumber, used in shipbuilding, construction work, and as shingles, is of such value that large logs buried in prehistoric times have been mined in New Jersey bogs. Formerly, organ pipes were made of this resonant wood. White cedar charcoal was used in making gunpowder during American Revolution. Their beauty and resistance to insects and disease have caused a number of horticultural varieties of this tree and its oriental relatives to be used in landscaping. A native species also known as Arbor Vitae, It is browsed by deer.

Stems and Roots

Give way to concentric rings of secondary xylem interiorly and secondary phloem exteriorly. The major secondary phloem cell type involved in food conduction is the sieve-tube element. The interiorly produced secondary xylem is composed of tracheids and vessel elements, the water-conducting cells, which have heavily lignified cell walls. The majority of dicot tree species are composed of these thick-walled xylem cells, which represent the wood or lumber used in commerce. A central pith, with peripheral vascular tissues, develops in the center of both dicot and monocot stems, as well as monocot roots. The stems of many monocot species (for example, grain crops) produce a scattered arrangement of vascular bundles that develop throughout the pith and cortex. These vascular bundles do not become disrupted in older stems, since no vascular cambium develops in monocot species. Thus, young and old monocot stems resemble each other in their anatomy. Young and old dicot roots do not develop a...


Redwood lumber is greatly desired, as it is rot resistant and straight grained. Therefore, redwood trees have been logged heavily during the last 150 years. Trees readily resprout from roots and stumps, so forests grow back quickly. Nevertheless, concern for the disappearance of virgin groves

Tree Uses

It is hard to overestimate the importance of trees in their many uses for lumber, landscaping, shade, ornamental plantings, and windbreaks. In all of these uses diversity among trees is important. Wood types differ in strength, weight, hardness, color, figure, and other characteristics. Even taste can be important where cooking utensils or food storage is the use. Usually fast-growing trees such as cottonwood produce light, soft wood relative to that produced by slow-growing trees such as oaks and hickories. Conifers (often called softwoods) are preferred for construction lumber where ease of cutting, carrying, and nailing is important. The heavier, stronger, tougher wood of flowering trees (hardwoods) is preferred for railroad ties, strong crates, hardwood floors, tool handles, and sports equipment. Because of their attractive color and grain, hardwoods are also favored for fine furniture, cabinetry, and wall panels. All species and all sizes of trees are used for pulp and wood...


Woods that are used for building furniture, cabinetry, millwork, or other architectural features are typically hardwoods, although some conifer woods are also used for these items. Woods that are valued for furniture and cabinetry typically have aesthetically pleasing characteristics of uniform color, interesting patterns of earlywood and latewood in cut and surfaced lumber (this characteristic is termed grain or figure), and also possess desirable properties of hardness and durability. There are literally thousands of different species of hardwood (angiosperm) trees from around the world that have the potential for use in fine furniture and cabinetry however, there are only relatively few species that are used commercially for this purpose. This is due to the requirement of having a reliable local source for adequate amounts of lumber (which differs in various parts of the world), the wood's machineability and finishing properties to provide a pleasing end-product, and consumers who...

Insect Pests

The species has potential for use as wood-based panels, and with technological advances in the utilization of small-diameter logs and processing of composite products, such as laminated veneer lumber and particleboard, A. mangium's potential uses are increasing. For such composite products it is easily processed and glued, and dimensions and strength can be tailored to detailed market specifications. Mangium can also be converted to many desirable panel products for which the market is more universal. Recent developments in using A. mangium as pulpwood have confirmed its suitability for making quality paper, and it is already supplying the large wood chips market. In rural systems, it can be used for fuelwood and charcoal.

Plate 52 p 338

Birch lumber is of value in cabinetmaking and interior finishing. It is also used in the manufacture of agricultural implements, spools, clothespins, etc. The bark of some species once was used in making canoes. In several birches the curling older bark is highly flammable even when damp it provides excellent tinder. The fermented sap of several birches has been used in beverages. Seeds and buds are eaten by numerous song and name birds. Several mammals consume the twigs and bark. Remarks The various layers of bark have been used for canoe and wigwam coverings (tied in place with spruce rootlets), boxes, cups, makeshift shoes, and emergency snow goggles. Leaves have been used for tea, but are not as good as those of Black and Yellow Biivhes. White Birch lumber used for wooden ware, pulp, and fuel. Seeds and buds eaten by ruffed and sharptail grouse. Twigs are cropped by moose, deer, and snowshoe hare.


Will Poison Oak Scar

Remarks Also known as White Walnut, wood lighter in color than that of its more valuable relative. Lumber is light, soft, and weak, but easily worked and polished darkens upon exposure to air. Though not an important timber species, used for interiors, cabinetwork, furniture, and instrument cases. The early colonists are reported to have prepared a yellow-brown stain by boiling the soft, half-ripe fruits. They also pickled the boiled nuts and made a dark stain from the husks and inner bark to dye uniforms, Indians are said to have boiled the nuts to and numerous bundle scars are distinctive. The Coffee-tree (Plate 31) has large leaf scars but fewer bundle scars. It has twice-compound leaves and salmon-colored pith. Remarks An oriental species has become a weed here. Imported by way of England, where first planted in 1751. Most rapid growing woody plant in our area. Will thrive under extremely adverse conditions, growing as much as 8' in a year. Annual sprouts 12' long not uncommon...

Record Holding Plants

An individual plant of giant sequoia (Sequoiadendron gigan-teum) in Sequoia National Park, California, named the General Sherman Tree is considered to be the largest living plant, as well as the largest living thing on Earth. It is a cone-bearing gymnosperm with a height of 84 meters (275 feet) and a measured trunk girth of 31.3 meters (102.6 feet). This plant has enough wood in its trunk to supply the lumber to build about forty small houses.


Distributed widely in the Northern Hemisphere, trees of the poplar group may form extensive forests on barren, burned, or cleared areas. Rapid-growing, short-lived species, they are of most value for paper pulp, though some of the soft lumber is used in construction work and in the manufacture of boxes and wooden-ware. Some kinds are of value as ornamentals and windbreaks. Seeds, buds, and twigs are important foods of numerous birds and mammals, including ruffed, spruce, and sharptail grouse, prairie chicken, whitetail deer, moose, beaver, porcupine, snowshoe hare, cottontail rabbit, and black bear,

Plate 6h 356

Remarks This is the Christinas holly. lie collection of foliage sprays has become a sizable business and, because of over-harvest mg, this decorative plant is less common than formerly in some areas, Holly lumber, peculiarly ivory-white, is in demand for special products such as piano keys, ship models, and inlays. Though reported to be somewhat toxic to some animals, the fruits are eaten by numerous songbirds, bobwhite, and wild turkey.


'Hie native maples are of great value for shade, ornament, lumber, and sugar. Porcupines sometimes eat the inner bark, and the twigs are a staple food of cottontail rabbit, snowshoe hare, white tail deer, and moose* Remarks One of our most valuable hardwood trees. Neither sap nor wood is separated commercially from those of Black aple both species supply maple syrup as well as birds-eye, curly, blister, and plain lumber. Wood much used for furniture.

Value of Plants

Futures markets have become increasingly popular around the world. Important futures exchanges include the Chicago Board of Trade for grains and oilseeds the Chicago Mercantile Exchange for livestock, dairy products, and lumber and the New York exchanges for cocoa, coffee, cotton, orange juice, and sugar. Futures contracts are traded on exchanges in Great

Ponderosa Pine

This, the State tree of Montana, is easily identified by its 3 long needles (p. 98) and yellowish bark. It is a valuable forest tree and furnishes more lumber than any other American tree. It grows about 150 feet tall and 3 to 4 feet in diameter, larger trees living for 300 to 500 years. Young trees have a dark, almost black, bark which prompts the local name of black jack.

Economic Uses

Conifers are extremely important economically as sources of lumber and other wood products, and are also widely planted as ornamental trees and shrubs. The most important sources of softwood lumber in the world are trees in the pine family, especially species of pine, spruce, larch, and Douglas-fir, which are widely used for dimensional timber for building construction and boat building, and for general construction uses such as utility poles, doors, and cabinetry. These woods are also widely used for plywood and veneer and as sources of wood pulp for paper and cardboard and other modified wood products, such as charcoal. Southern yellow pines, such as slash pine and loblolly pine, are widely grown in their native southeastern United States as sources of lumber and pulp, while the Monterey pine from coastal California is now widely planted as a commercial timber tree in the Southern Hemisphere. Douglas-fir (Pseudotsuga menziesii) is a particularly important timber species in the...

The Walnuts

The wood of the black walnut has been a favorite of cabinetmakers and furniture builders. In earlier times, when ihe tree was more plentiful, American colonists used solid walnut lumber to fashion a wide assortment of household furniture* Today, howr The leaves of the pignut and mockernut hickories are quite different from those of either the water hickory or pecan tree, Kach leaf normally contains only five to seven leaflets, the larger of which are near the terminal end of the rachis. 1 eir bark is gray with furrows that run together, forming a scries of diamondtike patterns. Like distinguishing between the pecan and water hickory the easiest way to separate the pignut from the mockemut is by using a hand lens to examine the leaflets. On the mockernut there is a dense covering ol hairs on the petiole and rachis. The undersurface of each leaflet also contains scattered tufts of hairs. This will not he the case on the ptgnur Along with at least two non-Florida species, the mockernut...

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