we use products derived from forest plants. Oils, resins, waxes, gums, rubber, food crops, medicine, and other substances all come from trees,
but by far the most widespread are wood and paper products.
Logs are floated downstream to mills where they will be processed. Photo by Maya Walters.
|Wood is arguably the most important plant product we use, and we have been using it for centuries. Different types of forests provide us with a variety of different woods. The boreal forests supply pine, fir, and spruce. Temperate forests produce oaks and beeches, and the valuable hardwoods such as Teak and mahogany grow in the world's tropical forests. The majority of timber is processed into boards or pulp for paper.|
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