board foot


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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Recent Examples on the Web The annual volume of timber the division puts up for sale has averaged 227 million board feet a year in the west side forests covered by the forest management plan, said Liz Dent, chief of the state forest division. oregonlive, "Failing forestry: Oregon’s forestry department is on an unsustainable path," 20 Oct. 2019 Expert witnesses called by the counties lawyers testified that the state could have cut an additional 3.6 billion board feet of timber from the state forests since 2004. oregonlive, "Oregon loses $1 billion timber lawsuit to rural counties," 20 Nov. 2019 Canadian mills last year curtailed 2 billion board feet in annual lumber production after beetles and wildfires drove up log costs and tariffs cut into mills’ margins. Ryan Dezember, WSJ, "The Hottest Home-Construction Market Since 2006 Is Lifting Lumber Prices," 4 Feb. 2020 Aero-grade Sitka spruce timber was used to build planes in both World War I and World War II, with the Alaska Spruce Log Program sending 38.5 million board feet of high-quality Sitka spruce to mills in Puget Sound in 1943. Alex Robinson, Outdoor Life, "The Tongass National Forest is a Wilderness on the Chopping Block," 16 Jan. 2020 Meanwhile, agency leaders directed foresters to focus on sales that generated maximum revenues and to increase harvest levels to 245 million board feet a year, the highest sustainable level under its current policy. oregonlive, "Failing forestry: Oregon’s forestry department is on an unsustainable path," 20 Oct. 2019 The sprawling lumber mill produces about 20 million board feet of lumber a year sold across two dozen states. CBS News, "Innovators have come up with a way to clear forests without setting fires," 7 Dec. 2019 The sawmill is one of the largest pine lumber mills in Wisconsin, turning out about 12 million board feet of lumber annually, the firm’s website says. Rick Romell, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Lumber mill in Vilas County faces $348,000 fine following worker's death," 26 July 2019 The sawmill is expected to produce 240 million board feet of timber annually. William Thornton |,, "Pike County getting $500,000 grant for sawmill project," 2 July 2019

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First Known Use of board foot

1834, in the meaning defined above

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“Board foot.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Jan. 2021.

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