Perceptions of Debarking Small-Diameter Stems in the Wood Products Community

Azadwinder Singh Chahal, Jaya Tripathi, Daniel Ciolkosz, Sarah Wurzbacher, Michael Jacobson

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Sufficiently valuing small-diameter-stem (diameter, 9 in.) woody material in Pennsylvania forest product markets may incentivize increased utilization of that material, a resource opportunity that would provide economic and ecological benefits to the state’s forests and forest products community. Debarking is one primary process that could enhance the value of these small-diameter-stem materials for secondary markets. The wood products community in Pennsylvania was surveyed as to their perceptions of the status and value of economical small-diameter-stem debarking. The largest perceived current market for debarked, small-diameter-stem material identified by respondents is for chips for pulp and paper, and anticipated future demand is expected to be highest for chips for pulp and paper, chips for energy, and small-dimension lumber. Respondents who currently supply a given market tend to be more optimistic about that market than respondents who do not serve that particular market. Shredded wood/hog fuel and mulch are the two markets with the lowest overall scores for anticipated benefit of additional processing by debarking. Seventy-six percent of all respondents indicated that economical small-diameter-stem debarking would benefit their operation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)371-378
Number of pages8
JournalForest Products Journal
Issue number4
StatePublished - 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Forestry
  • General Materials Science
  • Plant Science


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