AskDefine | Define pulpwood

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pulpwood n : softwood used to make paper

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Noun

  1. Soft wood used for pulping to make paper

Extensive Definition

Pulpwood refers to timber grown with the principal purpose of making wood pulp for paper production. However, pulpwood is also used as the raw material for some wood products, such as oriented strand board (OSB), and there is an increasing demand for pulpwood as a source of 'green energy' by the bio-energy sector. Trees raised specifically for pulp production account for 16% of world pulp production, old growth forests 9% and second- and third- and more generation forests account for the balance. Reforestation is practiced in most areas, so trees are a renewable resource.
In the logging of mixed forest stands, the better trees are usually used for sawlogs for lumber production, while the inferior trees and components are harvested for pulpwood production. Pulpwood usually derives from four types of woody materials in a mixed logging operation. First are open-grown trees, that are heavily branched low on the trunk, and so make poor sawlogs. Second are dead or diseased trees. Third are tops cut from trees harvested for sawlogs (branches are rarely used since they contain little useable wood after the bark has been removed). And fourth are trees too small to harvest for sawlogs.
pulpwood in Swedish: Massaved
pulpwood in Vietnamese: Bột giấy
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