Fir

  • Fir
    Redondo 3/4" (409) in Vertical Grain Fir

General Info and Benefits

Fir – Pseudotsuga menziesii

General Description
• A wood of average figure, low luster, adequate availability for both lumber of all sizes as well as veneer.

Physical Properties
• A relatively soft yet very tough wood
• Janka Rating System= 660 (higher Janka rating = harder wood)

Where It Grows
• The most commonly used species is Douglas Fir
• Central British Columbia south to Central California and southeast in the Rocky Mountains into Colorado
• A medium-sized tree to extremely large 70–390 feet tall
• Only Coast Douglas Firs reach such great height

Relative Abundance
• Approx. 34.6 million acres of Douglas Fir managed primarily in natural stands
• Douglas Fir and it’s cousin, Western Larch, account for over 45 % of all Western softwood annually produced
• Each year, more than 1.5 billion tree seedlings are planted in the U.S. (that’s five new trees for every citizen)
• In the West, forest growth exceeds harvest by 35 percent or more each year

Did You Know?
• Douglas Fir timberlands are the most productive softwood timberlands in the U.S. in terms of volume per acre
• Oregon coastal forests are predominantly Douglas Fir
• Most softwood lumber is produced in Oregon
• Known as the "timber basket," the northwest is governed by some of the world's toughest environmental laws. Reforestation and management practices are not just voluntary, they are enforced by law
  • Fir Vertical Grain
    Fir Vertical Grain
    Fir Vertical Grain is most known for its distinct, straight grain pattern and warm tones.