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Developing forestry products: timber

Code: 9781786765086
David Nicholls, USDA Forest Service, USA

Chapter synopsis: Timber products can include a wide array of socially valued goods originating from diverse tree species, forest types, and ecosystems. Over the past few decades, forest product market development and timber quality have been characterized by several important factors, many of them international in scope. Included are innovation in products and marketing, trade-offs between forest biomass and solid wood, global demands for wood fiber, global macroeconomic forces, the advent of biorefineries, and customization of specialty versus commodity products. The twentieth century witnessed great advancements in the forest sector and timber products modeling, forecasting trends in primary wood products, integrated markets, and increasing levels of international competition and trade. The twenty-first century could become a turning point for global forest products markets, characterized by declines in some timber-based sectors, with a simultaneous emergence of new products and businesses. This chapter addresses each of these, and discusses their impact on global timber markets, as well as future trends.

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Table of contents 1 Introduction 2 The role of solid wood in the emerging bioeconomy 3 Sustainable timber products: wood product use and carbon sequestration 4 Innovativeness in new timber-based products and processes 5 Meeting global demands for wood and bio-based products 6 Customization of timber-derived products in an era of globalization 7 Case study: Scandinavian practices in the timber industry and forest sector 8 Future trends 9 Abbreviations 10 Where to look for further information 11 References

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