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Title: Small-Diameter Round Timber Demonstration Structure

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Techlines, 2000

Author(s): LeVan-Green Susan

Publication Year: 2000  View PDF »

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Category: TechLines

Abstract: Throughout the West, our National Forests face increased risk of catastrophic wildfire because of an overabundance of dense, overstocked forest stands. This situation results from more than 50 years of effective fire exclusion. To restore the open, parklike setting that existed in presettlement times, these stands need thinning followed by prescribed fire. Such restoration is expensive, but if we can find economic uses for the thinning material, some of the costs can be offset. The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) has been exploring the concept of using small-diameter timber for roundwood structures, such as in this covered picnic shelter demonstration structure.

Keywords: -small diameter, roundwood, engineering, timber, design, demonstration structure-

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