Bigleaf maple is a desirable ecosystem component that adds to the structural and species diversity of British Columbia's coastal forests. The presence of bigleaf maple may accelerate nutrient cycling, improve site productivity, and contribute to long-term sustainability. Bigleaf maple can be planted on sites infected with laminated root rot for site rehabilitation and amelioration. Maple is also potentially valuable as a commercial tree species; the wood is used for high-value furniture, flooring, and face veneers.
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Updated April 19, 2007