Western hemlock (Tsuga heterophylla) is the most abundant species of trees growing in British Columbia coastal area. Its fiber has high strength, stiffness and density which makes it ideal for most structural and industrial uses from framing lumber to heavy timbers to engineered components. Hemlock is also easily pressure treated, making it a preferred choice where preservative-treated wood is required. Hemlock is excellent for finishing and staining because of its light color (almost white), lack of pitch, excellent machining properties and a fine straight grain.