This thesis is part of a larger project where lumber from small logs harvested in restoration programs was examined for use in CLT; panels were manufactured utilizing lumber from small logs and the mechanical properties were assessed. While another team focused on mechanical testing to examine the technical viability of this concept according to current manufacturing standards, the objective of this thesis was to assess the practical feasibility of this conception within the supply chain (C. Lawrence, 2017). This research focuses on the Blue Mountains–a region in eastern Oregon.
The approach was based on analysis of previous literature, Forest Service Cut & Sold reports, and semi-structured in-person and telephone interviews of federal timberland foresters, sawmill personnel, and management of current and potential cross-laminated timber manufacturers.
This research suggests that if the regional supply chain in the Blue Mountains were to process more small diameter logs into lumber, this will increase the available supply of 2x4 and 2x6 dimensions of lumber for use in a variety of different markets rather than for exclusive use in the center layers of cross-laminated timber panels.