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Industry Terms and Definitions

Below you can find a glossary of terms related to the lumber and timber industry to help you better understand SPTP’s products and services and how they can benefit your organization. 

Marine borers

Mollusks and crustaceans that destroy wood piling used in supporting wharves, piers, and other structures that are more or less in constant contact with salt water; mollusks bore into the wood for food and shelter, while the action of crustaceans is usually on or near the surface of the wood; creosote treatment or a covering of the wood, are the usual means of combating marine borers


The standard abbreviation for 1000 board feet of standing timber, logs or lumber


The person in a sawmill or plywood plant who maintains and repairs machinery and other equipment


One million board feet

Moisture content

The weight of the water in wood, expressed as the percentage of the weight of the wood

Moisture meter

A device used to measure moisture content