FAQs

FAQs

Q: What is the difference between a linear foot and a board foot?

Q: How do I calculate square footage?

Q: How much extra should I include when purchasing lumber for flooring?

Q: What species of trees are native to New England?

Q: What is forest management?

Q: What exactly is a Tree Farmer?

Q: What is a Professional Licensed Forester?

Q: What is silviculture?

 


Q: What is the difference between a linear foot and a board foot?

A: A board foot is thickness times width times length divided by 12 (example: A 2" (inches thick) x 6"(inches wide) x 8' (feet long) board is multiplied out and will come to 96 INCHES. Then divide by 12 to give you board feet. This board will be 8 bd ft.); linear foot is a straight line measurement

Q: How do I calculate square footage?

A: Measure the width by the length and divide by 12 and you will get square footage.

Q: How much extra should I include when purchasing lumber for flooring?

A: Typically, 10%, but you should consult with the professional you are ordering your lumber from.

Q: What species of trees are native to New England?

A: The primary species, and the species the Northeast is known for, is Northern Red Oak. It is known for its clear and uniform color and slower growth which creates tight growth rings. The tight growth rings unique to Northern Red Oak create a distinct and uniform grain pattern vs. Oak found in other regions of the country. Additional species native to the Northeast are soft maple, hard maple, hickory, yellow birch, cherry, white pine, American beech and white ash.

Q: What is forest management?

A: Forest land is one of our most valuable and renewable resources. When a forest is managed well, it becomes a sustainable resource and benefits generations to come. When you think of forest management, think of tending a garden.

Forest management is the process of managing woodland vegetation in such a way as to promote the health of the forest. Forest management can be practiced to promote the sustainability of the forest and the products it can provide, such as timber or cordwood; or, forest management can be practiced to encourage wildlife habitat.

As part of the forest management plan, a licensed professional forester works closely with a landowner in order to determine the goals and objectives to be met. Trees are selectively marked and harvested. Trees are selected based on value, benefit to wildlife, benefit to the remaining trees, aesthetics and the health of the forest. A sound management plan helps to preserve the integrity of the forest.

Q: What exactly is a Tree Farmer?

A Tree Farmer is a forest landowner who is recognized by the American Forest Foundation for practicing forest management for timber, recreation, wildlife habitat, and watershed values.” Tree Farmers are stewards of the land. New Hampshire has a very active community of Tree Farmers. Membership is comprised of over 1,600 members, who manage over 800,000 acres of land. The web site for the American Tree Farm System is: http://www.nhtoa.org/nhtreeprogram.htm

Q: What is a Professional Licensed Forester?

A licensed professional forester in New Hampshire is a person who has been educated and trained in the science of silviculture. Recertification credits are required for a forester to maintain his or her license. Licensed professional foresters adhere to a strict code of ethics.

For additional information, visit the web site for the Society of American Foresters at http://www.safnet.org.

Q: What is silviculture?

Silviculture is the ” practice of controlling the establishment, growth, composition, health and quality of forests, in order to meet diverse needs and values”.

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