The timber of this species is durable and highly fragrant and is prized for high value furniture and craftwork as well as internal panelling in houses. In local villages it is often used for roof shingles. The demand for the timber is the principal driver behind illegal logging, especially in Việt Nam. Some attempts have been made to establish plantations as an alternative to exploiting natural forests but the slow growth rates make it unlikely that plantation timber will supplant wild sourced timber in the near future. Fokienia has recently been used for climatic studies on the past variability in the SE Asian monsoon and Niño events. Its great longevity (ca 1500 years at least) and sensitivity to moisture makes it an ideal candidate for such studies (Buckley et al., 2010; Sano, 2008).