[Homestead] Wood ! but not here .... includes image

Toni Hawryluk tonihawr at msn.com
Wed Sep 8 22:35:09 EDT 2004


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The Future

If the current demand for wood flooring continues, future consumers will surely have even more choices, from an ever-changing lineup of sources. Increasingly, solid wood will be considered simply as one form of a natural resource that can be chipped, peeled, ground, sliced, or otherwise disassembled and then reassembled with adhesives and various other ingredients. 


     
     
      Orderly rows of Lyptus seedlings rise on a plantation in South America. It takes only about 15 years for the trees, a hybrid of two eucalyptus species, to be ready for harvesting.
      Photo: Courtesy of Weyerhauser   
     



Wood from sustainable forests, grown and harvested under carefully managed conditions, will be one source of new flooring material. One example is Lyptus, a natural hybrid of two eucalyptus species being grown on plantations in Brazil. According to Craig Anderson of Weyerhaeuser, which imports Lyptus flooring, 120-foot trees can be harvested about 15 years after planting; by comparison, red oak takes about 40 years to reach merchantable size, cherry 80 years. In the future, look for calculated hybridization to yield other options for fast-growing, renewable
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