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Title: Using Dead Alaska Yellow-Cedar

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Techlines, 1998

Author(s): Green David W.

Publication Year: 1998  View PDF »

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Category: TechLines

Abstract: Yellow-cedar trees have been dying on more than 500,000 acres of forest in southeastern Alaska since the 1880s. Trees dead for up to 100 years stand as snags and appear to have sound wood in some stands. Yellow-cedar cut from live trees is an important and valuable species in Alaska, while dead snags are currently used mainly for firewood. There is considerable interest in removing these snags to improve forest health, but this is not economically feasible unless higher value uses can be found. The first step towards finding a higher value use is to determine the mechanical properties of the dead snags compared to the live trees.

Keywords: Yellow-cedar, Alaska yellow-cedar, snags, strength properties, specific gravity, modulus of elasticity, modulus o rupture

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