Douglas fir -- Southern gold

De La Mare, Phil; Hitchings, Matt
August 2007
New Zealand Tree Grower;Aug2007, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p8
The article discusses the evolution of the Douglas fir industry in New Zealand. The usage of the species started to steadily increase after World War II as native timber availability declined and the use of pine framing took time to adopt. However, this familiarity of usage by the building sector was shattered in 2004 when the species got relegated into a much lower category with all the fall-out from legislative reaction to the leaky homes issue. This crisis in the industry influenced the formation of the Douglas-fir Association to lobby for legislative change and promote the use of timber. An imminent change to machine stress grading requirements occurred in April 2007. Stiffness testing has brought about the reintroduction of radiata shelterbelts for exposed Douglas fir stands.


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