TITLE

Douglas fir -- Southern gold

AUTHOR(S)
De La Mare, Phil; Hitchings, Matt
PUB. DATE
August 2007
SOURCE
New Zealand Tree Grower;Aug2007, Vol. 28 Issue 3, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
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.
ACCESSION #
26378627

 

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