ANNUAL SAWN TIMBER PRODUCTION : 950 000 m3
Oak : Quercus Pedunculata ; Quercus Sessiliflora
Oak covers 5.530.000 ha within the French forest: it is the most widespread specie.
France is, furthermore, the first European producer of Oak.
Oaks are tall(40 meters) with a large diameter ( up to 1 meter), with straight trunk and slow growth. They are harvested from 150 years old.
The clear oak sapwood is distinctive from its yellowish brown heartwood. It is mainly a striaight grain wood, with an heterogeneous structure.
Conditions of implementation
Oak heartwood has naturally high durability.
It is used without any treatment (Class 3: timber exposed to weathering). Sapwood is easy to treat.
After impregnation, Oak can be use in class 4 ( contact with water ).
Figures given at 12% moisture content
( straight-grain timber and free from defects)