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Title: Tropical Timbers of the World

Source: United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service Agricultural Handbook Number 607, 1984; 466 p.

Author(s): Chudnoff, Martin

Publication Year: 1984  View PDF »

Category: Not Classified

Abstract: Over the past two decades U.S. lumber imports from the tropics have increased fourfold. Plywood trade, mostly from Asian sources, has soared fortyfold and now equals our domestic production. Log imports, though, have decreased drastically from about 100 million board feet (log scale) in the 1950's to 30 million currently. Much of the world timber trade now is in the form of processed material. A wide array of tropical wood species and species groupings are now available to U.S. processors. Many are already well known on the European markets. This surge in supplies from overseas includes softwoods, hardwoods, decorative species, and utility woods.

Keywords: Tropical wood; tropical species; trade names; working properties; wood durability; mechanical properties; specific gravity; tree; product yield; wood-drying; preservation; uses.

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 6,114 kb(s)

Date posted: 10/16/2015
RITS Product ID: 77611

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