Wood products ninth-inning comeback

Mass timber, or cross laminated timber, is often cited as the fairy godmother that Oregon has been looking for.

It’s a low carbon building material that can be made from the overabundant thin trees east of the Cascades, and has the potential to bring timber and construction jobs back to rural communities.

The 12-story mixed use tower that will soon break ground on the Pearl is one way to capture visibility for CLT, which consists of strong, light beams and panels which can be rapidly assembled by crane.

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