This report was written upon completion of a series of tours of research facilities in Australia and New Zealand. While my prime motivation was for personal growth and development, I identified an opportunity to increase my knowledge of the timber industry and assist the industry with its aim to add value to our timber resources. One of my objectives was to investigate the technologies used in the ilviculture forest management, seasoning, processing industries. I have summarised twenty nine hardwoods an eight softwoods of both native and exotic species as valuable commercial timbers for structural, non-structual and decorative used grown in Australia.
Report Year Archives: 1993
My Gottstein Study Tour was aimed at obtaining as assessment of the United Stated hardwood market. It was motivated by the inevitable changes taking place in the Australian market. Much has been written of the increased quantities of domestic radiate pine becoming available in the market from plantations established during the 1960’s and 1970’s. Plantation softwood have proven to be a very good substitute for hardwood in commodity applications.
Public debate over forestry issues has made news headlines across Australia for over two decades. It has become clear during the debate that a way must be found to increase the public’s knowledge of forestry issues – and soon. Many forums to inform and educate the public have been tried in the past, meeting with only limited success. Peoples are still generally ill-informed are easily swayed by emotional rhetoric.
As the human race strives to achieve a balance between the quality of our life on earth and the sustainability of that existence, the wise use of our earth’s resources is becoming increasingly important. In particular the use of our limited vegetative resources to create structures necessary for human survival, requires on going improvement to ensure that structures of maximum utility are achieved through the efficient utilisation of these resources. The ability of structures made from timber products to with stands the many environmental agents that can reduce a structure’s utility, is one aspect of that improvement process and is the subject of this report.