You are here: Home
/ Publication Information
Title: Potential contributions of figured wood to the practice of sustainable forestry
Author: Bragg, Don C.;
Source: Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Vol. 23(3): 67-81
Publication Series: Miscellaneous Publication
Description: The birdseye grain of sugar maple (Acer saccharum Marsh.) can showcase the potential of figured wood in sustainable forestry. This poorly understood but valuable grain abnormality commands such a premium that its presence alone can influence timber management. Good forestry and logging practices can help assure that quality birdseye maple logs are not relegated to low-value uses. Birdseye specialty markets have also developed, creating opportunities for pieces of small or irregular dimensions. Even though few have the same promise as birdseye maple, figured grains are found in virtually every tree species, thus increasing the potential for other high-value niche markets. However, the relative rarity and slow formation of figured grains threaten their sustainability, until more research on their genetics, propagation, and silviculture becomes available.
Keywords: birdseye, sugar maple, character-marked wood, alternative silviculture
- We recommend that you also print this page and attach it to the printout of the article, to retain the full citation information.
- This article was written and prepared by U.S. Government employees on official time, and is therefore in the public domain.
- You may send email to firstname.lastname@example.org to request a hard copy of this publication. (Please specify exactly
which publication you are requesting and your mailing address.)
XML: View XML
Bragg, Don C. 2006. Potential contributions of figured wood to the practice of sustainable forestry. Journal of Sustainable Forestry, Vol. 23(3): 67-81
Get the latest version of the Adobe Acrobat reader or Acrobat Reader for Windows with Search and Accessibility