Hybrid Poplar: Growing, Harvesting & Processing

By Rich Christianson | Posted: 01/07/2013 9:55AM


Columbia Forest Products is converting FSC-certified hybrid poplar into hardwood plywood through a collaboration with the GreenWood Tree Farm and Collins Companies.

Columbia Forest Products is investing $9 million to upgrade its sawmill in Boardman, OR, including adding a Meinan lathe. The mill will process hybrid poplar harvested from the 35,000-acre GreenWood Tree Farm into veneer.

The fast-growing plantation-raised hybrid poplar is used to make core veneers that will be used to make MPX plywood using PureBond formaldehyde-free resins at Colubmia Forest Products' mill in Klamath Falls, OR. The product is used by manufacturers of cabinets, furniture and other secondary wood products.

The Collins Companies manages a sawmill at GreenWood Tree Farms and markets lumber under the brand of Pacific Albus.

A new Meinan lathe will be installed alongside GTFF’s existing Upper Columbia Mill at the Boardman plantation, assuring a highly-efficient supply of core veneer cross-bands to CFP’s plywood mill in Klamath Falls, OR.

The accompanying video details how hybrid poplar is grown, harvested and processed.



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Rich Christianson

Rich Christianson is Associate Publisher and Editor at Large of Woodworking Network. During his 25+ years covering the wood products industry, Rich has toured hundreds of manufacturing plants throughout North America, Europe and Asia. His reporting has covered everything from the state of the industry and impact of wood imports to technology and environmental issues. In his current capacity he is responsible for editing the daily Woodworking Network Update newsletter and coordinating events including the annual Cabinets & Closets Conference & Expo and Canada’s biennial Woodworking Machinery & Supply Expo. He can be contacted at rchristianson@woodworkingnetwork.com or follow him on Google+.

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