Abstract: The value of pruning has come under scrutiny in the recent past, largely as a result of change in market demand away from long-length clears. Today the market for clears is a lot more stable and balanced. The markets for boards in the United States, chemical modification particularly in Europe, manufacturing in Asia and the New Zealand domestic market are presented as evidence. Along with market development, sawmillers have improved their management of the conversion of pruned logs, including using more optimising technology. Both recent sawmilling and market developments should give foresters confidence that the future of pruning remains strong. (no keywords)
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