THIS IS ANGLO EASTERN TIMBER ALLIANCE
There are many types of larch, each belonging to the Larix genus family Pinaceae (subfamily Laricoideae). Siberian Larch (or Eastern Larch) is known scientifically as Larix sibirica. This particular ‘frost hardy’ species grows natively as far west as the Finnish border, with distribution eastwards towards central Siberia in Russia. The species has also been introduced to Canada, the US, Iceland and Greenland. As a result this extreme native climate, this species grows extremely slowly. This timber is ideal for a wide variety of purposes including exterior projects such as cladding, railroad ties, wooden culverts, piles, fences, boat building, patios (decks), dock aprons (due to this woods resistance to mechanical manipulation and moisture), platform trucks and boxcars. It also has good drilling properties, takes fixings well and has good machining and gluing qualities.
Is Siberian Larch a hardwood? Technically, the answer is no — coming from a coniferous tree, it’s officially classified as a softwood. Albeit Siberian Larch is actually one of the hardest softwoods in the world. As a result of its punishing ‘upbringing’ in sub-zero Siberia, larch has plenty of hardness and natural durability. In fact, it has greater density than many hardwoods. Once harvested, Siberian Larch starts its life as a golden-yellow wood, but left untreated, will eventually weather to a beautiful silvery-grey.
With a lifespan in excess of 50 years, Siberian Larch is one of the toughest and most durable softwoods available. With the right treatment, larch can look forward to enjoying a long service life up to 100 years.
ARTA PROCUREMENT POLICY
Responsible sourcing of timber helps protect the forests that mitigate climate change, enhance biodiversity and protect wildlife habitats. Trade in illegally felled timber distorts market prices, undermines efforts to ensure timber is sourced from sustainable well managed forests and is detrimental to future industry investment and prospects.
STRICT SOURCING CRITERIA
AETA is committed to the responsible sourcing of forest products. We will only purchase timber sourced from FSC accredited / certified forests.
AETA believes FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified timber represents the gold standard for responsible forest management.
AETA’s Timber Procurement Policy requires that all timber offered for sale has FSC Chain of Custody Certification Evidence, Suppliers must provide AETA with evidence of FSC Chain of Custody certificates when presenting prices.