Weekly Quiz: True or False – Trees Are Grown Solely to Make Paper

Answer: False.

The popularity of the phrase “Save a tree” has resulted in the general misunderstanding that trees are harvested to make paper alone. No, sir.

As a matter of fact, if you take a 40-foot maple tree:

  • The bottom 8 feet are used for high quality veneer
  • The next ~8 feet will be converted into lumber for furniture, flooring, etc.
  • The next section (including larger branches) is considered pulp wood, used for paper making and residential firewood
  • The uppermost portion will usually be chipped up for biomass (industrial fuel)

Trees truly are multi-purpose raw materials!

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