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Title: Wood Utilization Options for Urban Trees Infested by Invasive Species

Source: University of Minnesota, 2012: 96 p.

Author(s)Brashaw, Brian K.; Ross, Robert J.; Wang, Xiping; Wiemann, Michael C.

Publication Year: 2012  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4714-1B

Abstract: The introduction and spread of non-native invasive species are causing significant ecological and economic damage to U.S. urban and rural forests. The National Invasive Species Management Plan (2008) defines invasive species as a “species that is non-native to the ecosystem under consideration and whose introduction causes or is likely to cause economic or environmental harm or harm to human health.” As a result of infestation from invasive species, particularly emerald ash borer (EAB) but also Asian longhorned beetle (ALB), gypsy moth, and thousand canker disease, tremendous numbers of infested trees are being killed and removed each year for control and ultimate eradication of the pests (USDA APHIS 2006). Proper utilization and safe disposal of woody biomass from these trees present considerable challenges to many local communities and landowners. Urban forestry professionals are increasingly faced with the task of selecting appropriate utilization options for the materials and locating the necessary technical information for making such decisions. Although many studies and wood utilization projects have been conducted for wood from trees attacked by invasive species, much of the basic information on wood materials, product options, and corresponding manufacturing requirements is published in numerous technical reports prepared by universities and other research organizations. While there are a number of agency websites available, there is not a single location which provides comprehensive information on wood technology, markets, and technical information for hardwoods affected by invasive species.

Keywords: lnvasive species; wood

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 2,554 kb(s)

Date posted: 01/17/2013
RITS Product ID: 63047
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer
Wang, Xiping
Research Forest Products Technologist
Wiemann, Michael C.
Botanist

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