InTrans / Aug 14, 2018

Nondestructive Evaluation of Wood

Wood is highly variable because of genetic variation and variable growing environments. To make the best, highest use of our forest resources, we need to have technologies that help us assess the quality of a particular tree, log, or primary product. We can then use it for its best use‰ÛÓnondestructive evaluation technologies enable us to characterize important properties of wood, allowing us to use it appropriately. The USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory, in cooperation with organizations from around the world, develops nondestructive evaluation technologies as part of its program to find the best uses for our timber resources.