board foot

noun

Definition of board foot 

: a unit of quantity for lumber equal to the volume of a board 12 × 12 × 1 inches abbreviation bd ft

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Futures have fallen 24% in 2018, settling Wednesday at $341.30 per thousand board feet. Jessica Menton, WSJ, "Home-Improvement Stocks Slide Despite Strong Economy," 7 Nov. 2018 It is projected to produce approximately 250 million board feet annually. Erin Edgemon, AL.com, "Golden Construction, Appleseed Workshop merge, announce new name," 2 Apr. 2018 If only one percent of those logs escaped and somehow eluded beachcombers, that means 100 million board feet of merchantable timber became driftwood each year. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 As for logging, about 6 million board feet of timber is forfeited on Oregon’s side of the monument each year, according to federal estimates — a small fraction of the state’s production, but still troubling, according to some local businesses. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Along California-Oregon border, debate over protected lands is clash of values," 4 Mar. 2018 Rex Lumber currently operates three sawmills in Florida and Mississippi, producing a total of 575 million board feet annually. William Thornton, AL.com, "Rex Lumber to build $110 million Pike County plant, hire 110," 28 Feb. 2018 As recently as the 1990s, an annual 10 billion board feet of lumber was rafted or stored as logs along rivers in the Pacific Northwest. Brian Payton, Smithsonian, "How Driftwood Reshapes Ecosystems," 9 Feb. 2018 The Department of Lands has sold and overseen the harvest of 6 million board feet of timber from fire salvage and forest thinning projects in the past year alone – generating more than $1.8 million in revenue. Gov. Butch Otter, idahostatesman, "Idaho Gov. Butch Otter | Read full 2018 State of the State | Idaho Statesman," 8 Jan. 2018 In the next few years, about 10,000 acres will be treated to improve forest health by carefully harvesting 65 million board feet of timber, providing $13 million in program income. Gov. Butch Otter, idahostatesman, "Idaho Gov. Butch Otter | Read full 2018 State of the State | Idaho Statesman," 8 Jan. 2018

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1834, in the meaning defined above

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