- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 1, 2016

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - Members of Maine’s forestry industry have lauded the American Lumber Standards Committee’s recent approval of Norway spruce as construction lumber.

The Portland Press Herald reports (https://bit.ly/2ejDSPv ) the decision to add the evergreen to the list of approved construction lumber was made after five months of testing at the University of Maine.

Researchers tested lumber for strength, durability and other structural qualities.

Norway spruce was given the green light for use in home construction and industrial application on Oct. 20. It becomes the first new species added to the list in approximately 80 years.

Officials with the Professional Logging Contractors of Maine say the move opens new markets not normally available to loggers in the state.

It’s unclear how much Norway spruce is in Maine’s 17 million acres of forestland.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com


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