Considerations in the utilization of oakThis article is part of a larger document. View the larger document here.
The commercial groupings of red and white oak make up the majority of timber in the central hardwood region. Getting the highest value during utilization is important for the management of forests, forest landowners, and the regional economy; therefore, understanding the limitations of the raw material and proper handling and processing is critical. This paper focuses on a description of material limitations, such as: mineral stain, bacterial infection, and why differences in price exist for the “same” material. Utilization considerations, such as reducing log yard degrade, phytosanitation requirements for log shipments overseas, longer drying times, drying methods used, and difficulty with checking will also be discussed.