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Title: Life Cycle Impacts of Redwood Forest Resource Harvesting in Northern California

Source: Han H, Oneil E, Bergman R, Eastin I. 2013. Life cycle impacts of redwood forest resource harvesting in northern California. In Proceedings: 2013 Korea Forest Engineering Society Meeting. April 11-12, 2013. Seoul, Korea. 4 p.

Author(s)Han, Han-Sup; Oneil, Elaine; Bergman, Richard D., PhD.; Eastin, Ivan L.

Publication Year: 2013  View PDF »

Category: Conference Proceedings
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4851-7B

Abstract: Redwood (Sequoia sempervirens) is a unique species that has a limited natural range along the coastal zone of northern California. It is commonly used for decking because of its natural beauty and resistance to decay. For the consumer, choices to buy or use redwood decking or comparable products made from metal, wood, plastic, or concrete are done daily. Product selection is based on a spectrum of attributes including price, quality, and intended service application. In recent decades, the burdens that a particular product may place on human health and the physical environment are receiving increased consideration. In particular there is increased public interest and an ongoing debate about the environmental impacts associated with the manufacture, consumption, disposal, and re-use of products that originate from the forest.

Keywords: life cycle analysis; timber harvesting; environmental impacts; Redwood

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 131 kb(s)

Date posted: 08/04/2014
RITS Product ID: 68114
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Bergman, Richard
Research Forest Products Technologist

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