Utilization of standing-stored damaged spruce timber from calamity areas for the production of wood-based materials and bonded solid-wood products for the construction industry and furniture manufacture

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Climate change presents major challenges for the German forestry and timber industries. Extreme weather events and the mass reproduction of insect pests have caused enormous damage to the forests. In particular, spruce trees have fallen victim en masse to droughts, storms and bark beetles. The majority of the damaged or dead spruce trees cannot be harvested promptly. Some of them remain standing and lying for several years. Is the wood quality then still sufficient for the production of durable construction products or wood-based materials? Within the framework of this project, we are investigating this question in collaboration with partners from research and industry. With the creation of a guideline, we also intend to provide specific recommendations for action for forest owners and the timber industry.

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