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Title: Structural Use of Red Maple

Source: USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory, Techlines, 2001

Author(s)Ross, Robert

Publication Year: 2001  View PDF »

Category: TechLines

Abstract: Hardwoods are abundant in the northeastern forests of the United States. However, past forestry practices have changed the composition of some forests, resulting in an overabundance of low-valued hardwood species. These low-valued species are preventing regeneration of the historical forest type. Numerous stands of hardwood forests around the Lake States and in the Northeast need active management to restore desired forest types and conditions, including greater biodiversity of trees, plants, and animals. One option is to remove low-valued hardwoods, such as red maple, and reforest with desired species. However, such forest management practices are expensive, and the traditional use for this material, making pallets, does not cover the costs of forest restoration. Therefore, higher valued uses need to be found.

Keywords: structural, truss, I-beam, hard maple
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer

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