Paper Birch - Tree Plantations, Wood Pellets, Birch Syrup and Biomass
Fast growing Paper Birch Trees in tree plantations are grown for wood pellets, birch paper, syrup, biomass, canoe birch, class two veneer, plywood, firewood and lioleum underlay. Paper Birch is known as the Canadian tree because of its natural range across the entire country. Paper Birch can be found growing in every province and territory. Paper Birch also grows in some northern parts of the United States as well. Paper Birch is also called “Canoe Birch” because Indigenous peoples made canoes from birch bark centuries ago. These birch bark canoes where so reliable, the first explores and fir traders used them as the primary mode of transportation. Paper Birch can reach heights of between 60 and 120 feet and a maximum trunk caliper of 2 feet. The bark is naturally peeling and can be stripped from the tree in large sheets. Birch bark is a light brown color when the tree is young, gradually turning white after about 5 or 6 years.
Paper Birch Wood
Paper Birch wood has many uses including everything from tongue depressors to toothpicks, but its primary use is for firewood because of its high BTU value. This high BTU value makes Paper Birch a valuable tree for wood pellet tree plantations. Paper Birch is commonly used for the manufacture of Class 2 veneer to make plywood, particularly for linoleum underlay.
Paper Birch Distribution
Whether you are using Paper Birch as an ornamental tree or a wood pellet tree plantation, it is important to know where it grows best. The Paper Birch distribution map shown below will help determine if your area is suitable for growing birch.
When it comes to syrup from trees, most of us are familiar with the famous Maple Syrup made from tapping Maple trees in early spring as soon as the sap starts to run. If I told you that you could make Birch Syrup, you would probably think I was some kind of drip; but it’s true. The making of Birch Syrup is a fairly new industry that began in Alaska of all places as an alternative to Maple Syrup, which is expensive to import, and can’t be made locally because there are no Maple trees.
Paper Birch growing in the mixed boreal forests of Alaska and Northern Canada are ideal for syrup production; at present a literally "un-tapped" resource.
Paper Birch tree plantation owners can create a supplemental income from tapping their birch trees to collect Birch Syrup for sale in their area. There are less than 2,000 gallons of Birch Syrup on the market each year compared to 8 million gallons of maple syrup, so the market has room to grow. As a rule it takes approximately 90 to 100 gallons of birch sap to make I gallon of Birch Syrup.
Birch syrup is distinctive in flavor and versatile. It has a rich, spicy-sweet flavor that reminds people of the great outdoors.
Fast Growing Paper Birch Trees
Plant fast growing Paper Birch tree seedlings and harvest trees for the manufacture of wood pellets for wood burning electrical power utilities. much sooner. Our 20-foot Paper Birch seedlings are delivered branch free to your site ready for transplanting. Using a standard posthole auger, you can plant approximately 400 trees per acre in just one day. In a month you have created an instant 20-foot tall forest where there was none before. We suggest creating a more natural forest by planting a coniferous tree such as White Pine with your birch. A mixed forest will help ward off pests and offer some protection from the elements, particularly in the winter.
Creating a forest of tall, knot free clear grained Paper Birch tree seedlings is advantageous for timber investors:
Paper Birch has a high BTU rating as wood pellets
Paper Birch has similar growth rates to softwoods
Paper Birch improves land holdings and creates monetary value
A Paper Birch timber asset can be sold or leveraged and used as collateral
A Paper Birch tree plantation shortens time to harvest
As wood pellet use and biomass become poplar, paper birch is moving away from the more traditional landscape tree to a commercial utility tree.
Paper Birch plantation costs average between $500 and $1,000 per acre depending on how many acres are planted per project – the more acres the lower the cost. An average of 800 trees per acre is common. A thinning program should be initiated during year 10 of the plantation cutting every second tree so the remaining trees will size up. On average, the thinned trees will increase two times diameter compared to a plantation with no thinning. Because Paper Birch is an under story tree, a semi-shade spot is essential for maximum growth and yield.
Note* It is important to transplant seedlings that are at least 3 years old and 3 feet tall so they will survive the first and second winters. It is also advisable to use tree shelters or security fencing to protect young birch tree seedlings from grazing dear. Starting a Paper Birch plantation with tall tree seedlings 10 or 12 feet tall will eliminate the need for shelters and fencing.
Note* Co-mingling other tree species will improve the health of the plantation. Tree species such as white pine and/or yellow birch would be suitable candidates.
Paper Birch converted into wood pellets may earn between $5,000 and 10,000 per acre.
560 Paper Birch Tree Seedlings
Paper Birch Tree Seedling Average Height: 20 feet
Paper Birch Age: 8 years
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