Canadian Forest Service Publications

Evaluation and review of potential impacts of mountain pine beetle infestation to composite board production and related manufacturing activities in British Columbia. 2006. Hartley, I.; Pasca, S. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, BC. Mountain Pine Beetle Initiative Working Paper 2006-12. 17 p.

Year: 2006

Available from: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26328

Language: English

Series: Mountain Pine Beetle Working Paper (PFC - Victoria)

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During the past decade, the mountain pine beetle has extensively attacked the lodgepole pine forests of British Columbia. The forest products industry, along with government initiatives, has been challenged to harvest and process the beetle-killed timber across various stages of decay and time since death. The primary uses of the logs, as with non-beetle–killed timber, have been for the production of dimension lumber and composite board manufacturing (i.e., oriented strand board, plywood, particleboard and medium-density board). This report presents a summary of past research efforts that have investigated the impact of similar large-scale beetle epidemics elsewhere in North America on composite board production and manufacturing. This study also appraised the potential impact of the current British Columbia infestation on the provincial composite board industry. A survey was conducted with researchers and mill personnel in the province. Three key attributes were identified from the survey that are important for composite board manufacturing: moisture content, blue stain and glueability. The results are summarized in this report.

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