Throughout the history of the United States, wood has been one of the nation's most useful raw materials. The first settlers found wood to be abundant in most parts of North America and immediately made use of this material for construction of shelters, forts and ships, and as firewood. For the pioneers, plenty of timber was available from nearby forest areas or from the clearing of land. However, with growth and expansion of population and improvements in transportation, a great a great lumber products industry emerged.
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