A Working List of Commercial Timber Tree Species
The trade in timber products contributes billions of dollars to global GDP each year. However, timber trees also provide several critical ecosystem services (including nutrient cycling, carbon sequestration, water filtration and localised climate control). Despite the escalating threats to timber species from land conversion, illegal trade and unsustainable logging, we lack up-to-date conservation status assessments for many of these species. A compounding problem is the lack of documentation regarding which tree species are actively being harvested for commercial trade.
This working list covering 1,575 species was produced by Jennifer Mark at Bournemouth University by combining seventeen contemporary open-access resources which list commercial timbers, including trade reports and publications from conservation organisations.
The list is not intended to be a definitive statement regarding which tree species are traded for timber but rather, its purpose is to provide a readily accessible summary of this information, to help identify those species for which a consensus exists regarding their use for timber.
- To provide an integrated list of open access (or easily accessible) sources supplying information on commercial timber tree species.
- To provide an overview of which tree species are currently harvested and traded commercially on the international timber market.
by Malin Rivers