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Title: New technologies for ensuring best use of salvaged beetle-killed trees

Source: fplrip-4719-031-MTU-Ross-Wang-Dickinson

Author(s)Dickinson, Yvette; Ross, Robert J.; Wang, Xiping

Publication Year: 2017  View PDF »

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Category: Research In Progress

Abstract: Dead standing trees resulting from insect outbreaks are thought to pose wildfire and personal safety hazards. In the Upper Midwest region of the United States, cyclic spruce budworm outbreaks occur every 30 to 50 years and last approximately 10 years. Since 2010, this region has experienced increased spruce budworm activity and associated tree mortality. Dead standing trees may be salvaged and utilized for lumber, pulp and paper, or bioenergy, depending on their wood quality. However, due to concerns regarding wood quality of dead and dying standing trees in affected stands, salvaged trees tend to be utilized for low-value products that do not require strict wood quality standards. This project will demonstrate several new technologies to test the wood quality of dead and dying standing trees for the production of value-added engineered wood products. and evaluate whether this timber may be utilized to construct higher-value engineered wood products.

Keywords: biomass utilization; cross-laminated timber; dead standing trees; insect outbreaks; logs; nondestructive assessment; sawn lumber; timber salvage; wood quality

Publication Review Process: Non-Refereed (Other)

File size: 433 kb(s)

Date posted: 02/01/2017
RITS Product ID: 83995
Current FPL Scientists associated with this product (listed alphabetically)
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer
Wang, Xiping
Research Forest Products Technologist

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