The SDSU Extension Urban Logging video series provides resources to utilize wood that would otherwise be wasted. Watch the videos to learn about identifying wood, economic opportunities and wood processing from John Ball, Professor and SDSU Extension Forestry Specialist, and Gregg Carlson, retired professor and former SDSU Extension specialist.
Learn how to identify diffuse porous wood.
Identification of Diffuse-Porous Woods
Learn how to identify nonporous wood.
Identification of Nonporous Woods
Learn how to identify ring porous wood.
Identification of Ring-Porous Woods
Two measurements are needed to determine the volume of a tree, its diameter and height.
Measuring Tree Diameter and Height
Stumpage is the value of a standing tree with that tree being used for anything from fuel wood to veneer.
Measuring Standing Trees as Stumpage
The board foot is the typical means of measuring wood.
Log Rules: Calculating Wood Volume in a Log
While chainsaws can plane through wood easily, they should be handled with care, while using the proper protective equipment.
Personal Protective Equipment for Felling
Felling is a common urban logging technique that can be dangerous if done improperly.
After logs have been milled into lumber, the lumber must be properly dried to ensure quality.
There are three different directions to maintain when reconditioning a saw blade.
After finishing one direction of setting, the blade must be flipped to check the other direction.
After checking the alignment, the blade is ready to be sharpened.
Sawing logs using different cuts creates grain patterns with a wide variety of uses.
If conditions are right, surface mold will appear on many species of wood.
Since its introduction into the Detroit area, the Emerald Ash Borer has killed 50 million ash trees.
Emerald Ash Borer Infested Wood: What to do?
With more than a million acres of ponderosa pine trees in the S.D. Black Hills, more than half have been affected by mountain pine beetle.
Treating Mountain Pine Beetle Infested Wood
This video covers capital costs of small mill operations.
Knowing how much it costs to run a board through the mill is very important.
Wood can be separated by species, grade, and color with wide variations of these characteristics.
Marketing Wood: Species, Grade and Color