>I don't normally continue a question through the next day but this trivia was noodled out because it was interesting, wood related, and awkward to Google. For those wishing another go you can use these hints.
1. Think our left coast before the Spanish even.
2. Think a kind of lumber famous in the mid east used to build King Solomon's temple. Most remembered in a country known throughout the Mediterranean as a source for this wood well prior to 1000B.C. and before the land was practically denuded.
3. This was mostly a religious practice, to a lesser extent political and conservation. Still practiced today where the people and raw materials are available.