Western hemlock can have higher moisture content than most other native trees, causing it to sink during transportation and storage in water. Additionally, younger hemlock and hemlock tops have large rings and are more susceptible to sinking. The bigger the rings, the more likely the hemlock is to take on water.
Is sinkage of western hemlock preventable? Yes! Learn about harvest timing and other strategies to reduce sinking. We’ve got just the guide for you: Best Practices Guide on Preventing Sinkage of Western Hemlock.