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In 1942 and 1943 the author of this article organized and directed the field end of the balsa wood program for the Foreign Economic Administration. During this period production increased from about 12 million to 37 million board feet. The lumber went to build up the fleet of swift mosquito planes for the Royal Air Force and to make life rafts for the American Navy and Merchant Marine. Mr. Cox's studies of balsa and other light-weight woods in Ecuador, Peru, the upper Amazon country in general, Colombia, and Central America convince him that Ecuador, while still the chief source of balsa lumber, has much less standing balsa timber than either Peru or Colombia. He feels also that cuipo (Cavanillesia platanifolia), a very large tree which occurs in heavy stands and which produces a wood averaging lighter than balsa wood, may soon become important in the lumber trade.

Document Type: Journal Article

Affiliations: Consulting Forester-biologist, St. Paul, Minn.

Publication date: 1944-10-01

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