Menominee Tribal Enterprises Sells Sustainably-Sourced Balsam Wood
The balsam fir is a medium-sized evergreen native to Canada and North America. Its dark green color and spire-like shape have made it a popular choice for Christmas trees, wreaths and other natural decorations. Much like balsam poplar, balsam fir flourishes in cool, wet environments—perfect for northern Wisconsin.
The Menominee Forest is one of the most historically significant working forests in the world, and provides a natural home for balsam fir trees. Using careful forest planning, Menominee Tribal Enterprises keeps the balsam fir population at a healthy level, while sustainably harvesting a large supply of balsam lumber for purchase. The rough-sawn balsam wood is perfect for a variety of projects, including:
- Construction lumber
- Pulpwood for paper production
Balsam Fir Characteristics
Among other things, balsam fir is known for its spicy, pleasant fragrance. The heartwood is a pale to reddish-brown color, with almost indistinguishable sapwood. Balsam fir grain is straight and uniform, and has a slightly coarse texture. Balsam fir is incredibly easy to work with (both by hand and with machine tools), and it responds well to glues, stains and finishes.