Softwoods have been exported from the United States for over 400 years. Today, America is recognized worldwide  as a sustainable source of top quality timber. This popularity is based on:

  • Standardization of sizes and stress ratings
  • Quality control through the enforcement of a single unified grading system
  • Strength and durability
  • Suitability for preservative and fire-retardant treatments
  • Construction standardization.

This guide presents details of the botanical classification, properties and uses of the most commercially important American softwood species. Because of their versatility, most species can be used for a wide range of applications.