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Impact Assessment and Utilization of Eastern Redcedar

Difei Zhang1 and Salim Hiziroglu1
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American Journal of Applied Sciences
Volume 7 No. 8, 2010, 1032-1037

DOI: https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2010.1032.1037

Submitted On: 9 June 2010 Published On: 31 August 2010

How to Cite: Zhang, D. & Hiziroglu, S. (2010). Impact Assessment and Utilization of Eastern Redcedar. American Journal of Applied Sciences, 7(8), 1032-1037. https://doi.org/10.3844/ajassp.2010.1032.1037

Abstract

Problem statement: The fast invasion of eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana L.) has been considered a significant problem to the environment and rural communities. Approach: This study examined the adverse ecological and economic impacts of eastern redcedar and proposed the sustainable development of value-added panel products from such under-utilized invasive species. Also what economic sectors were mostly influenced was examined. Additionally experimental panels were manufactured from low quality eastern redcedar trees. Results: Both physical and mechanical characteristics of experimental panels were found to be satisfactory and comparable to those of typical commercial panels made from other species. It appears that average modulus of elasticity value of the samples with two density levels had 9% higher than that of a typical commercially produced panels. Conclusion: The importance of this study is expansion of the use of low quality eastern redcedar in value-added composite panel manufacture which seems an alternative solution in the development of an environmentally sound and economically effective way to utilize such resource.

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Keywords

  • Eastern redcedar
  • impact assessment
  • invasive species
  • value-added panel products