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Title: Field identification manual for Ghanaian timbers

Source: FPL Gen Tech. Rep. FPL-GTR-277. Madison, WI: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory. 130 p.

Author(s)Arevalo, Rafael ; Ebanyenle, Emmanuel ; Ebeheakey, Alberta Asi; Bonsu, Kofi Abban; Lambog, Ophilious ; Soares, Richard ; Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.

Publication Year: 2020  View PDF »

Category: General Technical Reports
Associated Research Project(s):   FPL-4715-3

Abstract: Ghana is a nation rich in natural resources and tropical diversity, with forests covering approximately one-fifth of the countrys total land area. To ensure that future generations of Ghanaians can enjoy the benefits of such a rich forest resource, Ghana has been enacting and enforcing laws intended to ensure that wood and wood-derived products are legally sourced. Compliance with and enforcement of these laws depend in part on the availability of technical or forensic expertise to validate claims of legality through the correct identification of timber during its extraction, processing, and grading. As part of a UNIDO-funded international partnership to improve timber tracking and timber forensics in the Ghanaian timber market, we present a wood identification manual for the most common commercial timbers of Ghana. This manual provides a field reference suitable for timber inspectors to conduct routine field screening of more than 100 timber species using macroscopic and physical identification features.

Keywords: Wood identification; tropical woods; Ghana; wood anatomy

Publication Review Process: Informally Refereed (Peer-Reviewed)

File size: 104,448 kb(s)

Date posted: 06/16/2020

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RITS Product ID: 98038
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Wiedenhoeft, Alex C.
Research Botanist
  

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