|Ash as Lumber
Ash trees belong to the genus Fraxinus in the olive tree family Oleaceae. It is found worldwide, with 21 species native to parts of Central and North America.
Wood from ash trees is hard, durable, and flexible, and is frequently in the manufacture of tool handles, oars, baseball bats, furniture, flooring, sporting goods, boxes, and crates.
An estimated 275 million board feet of ash lumber are harvested annually, and, in the northeastern United States, about a third of the commercial forest area has ash as a significant component. The most economically important species used in wood production in the United States is white ash from eastern North America.
Recent data from the US Forest Service’s Forest Inventory Analysis indicated that there are approximately 552 million cubic feet of ash in timber stands, representing 8% of all Indiana hardwood stock on timberland.
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