Based on the data from this study and a literature review, there are two distinct trajectories for hemlock wood moisture content, depending on if the tree was felled before or after May. Hemlock trees felled before May gain the full benefit of spring drying according to the ambient conditions of their local micro-climate. Trees felled after May suffer from a physiological spike in moisture content that the tree generates to promote its growth and survive the summer soil drought.
The problem of second-growth western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) sinking when watered continues to plague the coastal logging industry of British Columbia. A study conducted by FPInnovations in 2015-16 concluded that felled hemlock logs took two distinct trajectories in their drying patterns through time, depending on whether they were felled before or after May.
The idea that a wicking treatment – leaving tops, branches, and needles attached to the stem after felling – would reduce stem moisture content and lead to reduced loss of western hemlock logs from sinking during watering was tested. This study did not show that wicking produces a different result from normal bucking in average stem moisture content if both groups are treated equally. Further, after curing for two months logs did not increase in moisture content during watering.