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#1 posted 03-10-2013 01:29 AM

Here in the Pacific NW, almost all the old growth Douglas fir and old growth red cedar are gone (and I do remember when you could find both in any decent lumber yard). Anything you find nowadays is reclaimed, and sells at a premium. The replanted stuff is not of the same quality. The red cedar in the lumber yards now almost always has sapwood, is coarse grained, and has almost none of the decay resistance the old growth stuff had. The fir (impossible to know the real species in the lumber yard) is very poor quality. It’s hard to find a 2×4 now (construction grade) that doesn’t have bark on at least one corner, often two. I guess it won’t be long before it will be normal to expect bark on 4 corners. Cutting such tiny trees is hardly “sustainable” forestry.

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