Alaska"s lumber-drying industry
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Alaska"s lumber-drying industry impacts from a federal grant program by David L. Nicholls

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Published by U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station in Portland, OR .
Written in English


  • Lumber -- Drying -- Alaska.,
  • Wood -- Preservation -- Alaska.,
  • Lumber trade -- Alaska.,
  • Wood products -- Alaska.

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A survey determined that installed dry kiln capacity in Alaska more than doubled to an estimated 220 thousand board feet (mbf) within 4 years (2000-2004). This increased ability to produce dry lumber and value-added products resulted from industry efforts to obtain federal funding to support a dry kiln grant program. This report reviews grantees" progress in implementing grant supported projects and their impact on the production capabilities of the Alaska lumber drying industry. Data were collected in early 2005 by using a standard set of questions asked of 19 dry kiln owners. Much of the growth in drying and value-added processing capacity has been concentrated in southeast Alaska where there has been the greatest dry kiln investment. During 2004, the estimated volume of lumber dried in Alaska was 813 mbf, whereas potential annual capacity was estimated to be almost 6,600 mbf. This indicates that Alaska producers are drying just over 12 percent of their potential capacity. Factors that will increase the future production of value-added forest products in Alaska include a continuing supply of economically priced timber, the ability of the industry to support a reasonably priced grading service, and the ability of producers to move value-added products to domestic and export markets.

Edition Notes

StatementDavid L. Nicholls, Allen M. Brackley, and Thomas D. Rojas.
SeriesGeneral technical report PNW -- GTR-683., General technical report PNW -- 683.
ContributionsBrackley, Allen M., Rojas, Thomas D., Pacific Northwest Research Station (Portland, Or.)
The Physical Object
Pagination23 p. :
Number of Pages23
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL16140983M

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