Lumber from Local Woodlots (NRAES 27)
Edmonds, Robert L.; Wells, Grant D.; Gilman, Francis E.; Knowles, Stanley W.; Engalichez, Nicolas
Local woodlots offer an often overlooked source of good quality, low-cost wood products for flooring, paneling, siding, furniture, building construction, crating, specialty forest products, woodworking projects, and more. Lumber from Local Woodlots emphasizes the use of tree species native to the Eastern United States. Trees from this area have helped supply the nation's timber needs for more than three centuries. In many areas, native tree species can provide lumber for all wood-framed building needs. With good forestry management practices, these woodlots will yield a steady supply of quality lumber indefinitely. This bulletin is intended to encourage the use of local woodlot resources for building construction and finishing. It is written for persons who are interested in an overview of the woodlot-to-lumber process. Topics discussed include wood properties, sources of professional assistance and training, the need for proper woodlot management, contracting with loggers and sawyers, good harvesting practices, sawing methods, lumber drying, and lumber storage. The discussions are not intended to replace professional services that should be relied upon when managing a woodlot. Instead, they give the reader the background knowledge necessary to discuss his or her needs with professionals. Those interested in an overview of any of the steps in the woodlot-to-lumber process will also find the book useful. For instance, those interested in buying lumber from local sawmills would benefit from the discussion of tree species, wood properties, sawing, drying and storing lumber. For those interested in developing woodlot resources but not in using the wood, the chapters on woodlot resources and harvesting timber would be of interest.
This 42 page publication (NRAES-27) was originally published by the Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES, later known as the Natural Resource, Agriculture, and Engineering Service), a multi-university program in the Northeast US disbanded in 2011. Plant and Life Sciences Publishing (PALS) was subsequently formed to manage the NRAES catalog. Ceasing operations in 2018, PALS was a program of the Department of Horticulture in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) at Cornell University. PALS assisted university faculty in publishing, marketing and distributing books for small farmers, gardeners, land owners, workshops, college courses, and consumers.
Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service (NRAES)
Woodlots; Lumber; Rural-Land Management
Previously Published As
Edmonds, R. L. (1988). Lumber from local woodlots. Ithaca, NY: Northeast Regional Agricultural Engineering Service.