Story: Radiata pine

Typical log output from a plantation pine

Typical log output from a plantation pine

Different sections of a felled pine tree are used for different purposes.

The top 5 metres are not used.

The next 8 metres of timber are used as industrial logs and may be processed to paper, medium-density fibreboard (MDF) or particleboard.

The bulk of the tree is used for saw logs, which are put to a variety of construction uses.

The pruned region of the tree produces clear timber for furniture, house building and beam construction.

The trunk stump is not recovered from the plantation.

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Source: New Zealand Forest Owners Association

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Peter Berg, 'Radiata pine - Growing and harvesting the forest', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 May 2022)

Story by Peter Berg, published 24 Nov 2008