The Idaho Forest is the source of a wide variety of products that people
use every day. Lumber and paper are the two most obvious products. But the
range of of forest products includes chemicals and materials that are important
ingredients in plastic filler, varnishes, toothpaste, shoe polish, foam
rubber, and food products
Idaho's forestry professionals respect the resource they work with. In
fact, once a log reaches a mill, there is virtually no
waste. The majority of the log is used to make lumber-based products,
including framing lumber, siding, decking, and stock fromwhich pencils are
made. Wood chips are used to make paper and a variety of engineered-wood
products used in construction, such as particleboard and oriented strandboard.
Other wood-fiber byproducts of the milling pocess are used to fuel
electrical generators to run factories. And the bark of the tree is
used in landscape mulch, soil condioners, medicines, and cosmetics.