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

Tvoivozhd tvoivozd at infionline.net
Thu Sep 9 13:02:22 EDT 2004


Toni Hawryluk wrote:

> http://www.thisoldhouse.com/toh/html/anniversary/features/0904_wood06.html
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> *The Future*
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> 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.
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> 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 	
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> 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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>tvoivozhd---as a recalcitrant if incapacitated farmer, this is something I approve of.  It doesn't make sense to attempt to "farm" trees that take 200 years to mature.  A tree that grows to 150 feet in fifteen years excites my admiration---no "tree farmer" in the Uhited States ever dreamt of such a crop---and its profit potential. The insatiable demand for wood products is not going to diminish,but trees this superior will go a long way toward pluggig the gap.  I'm happy you ran across this article---I certainly missed it.
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