WEST LAFAETTE, IN – Purdue University has released "Hardwood Lumber of the Central Midwest," a compact disk that provides information about 24 hardwood species commonly found and used in the Midwest lumber industry.

The disk, compiled by Purdue Prof.Dan Cassens, discusses strength, mechanical properties, species location, main uses, abundance, unique characteristics, values, color and lumber grades. Featured woods include ash, basswood, beech, black cherry, cottonwood, red and white oak, sassafras, sycamore and yellow poplar.

The CD is available for $25 each, plus shipping charges. To order, phone (888) 398-4636 or e-mail media.order@purdue.edu.

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