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This report describes important physical and mechanical properties of red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.) and the factors that influence the variation in these properties. Some results from a recently completed study on red pine in Maine are presented to help illustrate and explain some of the more important concepts and relationships. In addition to studies specific to red pine, important findings on other conifers are presented for comparison with red pine and to provide a more comprehensive review of conifer wood properties. The studies on the other coniferous species help to highlight the sources of wood property variation. With the current emphasis on intensive management and shortened rotations, forest managers must give increased attention to the factors that affect wood properties and ultimately the suitability of the wood for intended uses.
Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station
red pine, Pinus resinosa, Maine
Deresse, T., and R.K. Shepard. 1999. Wood properties of red pine (Pinus resinosa Ait.). Maine Agricultural and Forest Experiment Station Miscellaneous Report 412.