Forest Products News

Event will highlight wood-based construction

Advancements in wood technologies have expanded the use of wood in design and construction. Mass timber products such as cross-laminated timber (CLT) have emerged and offer opportunities in tall wood construction. The Wisconsin DNR, in partnership with the Wisconsin Wood Marketing Team, Forest Stewards Guild, and the American Institute of Architects, will host a seminar on September 20, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin to highlight wood-based construction, mass timber products, applicable building codes, and case studies on how wood technologies can be a sustainable, cost-effective solution for tackling modern design needs. The event will feature a tour of “The Crossroads” located on the Promega campus, showcasing an innovative mix of glulam and cross-laminated timber.

Architects, engineers, designers, developers, general contractors and others interested in wood design are encouraged to attend this informative seminar to be held at the Promega Corporation’s BioPharmaceutical Technology Center (5445 E. Cheryl Parkway, Madison, WI 53711).  The registration fee of $30 ($15 for students) includes lunch and refreshments.  Visit the event webpage for online registration and additional information.  

**Event fulfills 4.5 AIA/CES credits**

For more information, contact Collin Buntrock (715-365-4704, Collin.Buntrock@Wisconsin.gov) or Sabina Dhungana (608-261-0754, Sabina.Dhungana@Wisconsin.gov).

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Local-Use Dimension Lumber Grading Workshops

The one-day short-course required to gain certification to grade under the Wisconsin Local Use Dimension Lumber Grading system will be offered for Wisconsin sawmill operators on Aug. 22, 2017 and Feb. 27, 2018.

Aug. 22, 2017 DNR Service Center in Green Bay, WI

Feb. 27, 2018 DNR Service Center in Rhinelander, WI

(Visit this page for directions to the DNR office locations.)

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Biomass Combined Heat and Power project in Neopit

Menominee Tribal Enterprises (MTE) actively manages more than 219,000 acres of forested tribal lands, and operates a sawmill and lumber drying operation located in Neopit, Wisconsin. MTE installed a Biomass Combined Heat and Power District Energy project at the sawmill in the spring of 2016. The energy system provides heat for kilns, mill processing space (~150,000 sq ft,), and the office space. The project was implemented to replace aging boiler equipment, improve local air quality, reduce operating costs, and increase sales of mill residuals. Continue reading “Biomass Combined Heat and Power project in Neopit”

Grant funds hardwood CLT project

The following article is being reprinted by permission from the Forest Business Network.

IKD, a Boston-based architectural design firm, has been awarded $250,000.00 for a two-year United States Forest Service (USFS) Wood Innovations Grant to fund the development of Hardwood Cross Laminated Timber (Hardwood CLT) and the construction of the first Hardwood CLT project here in the United States. Read more here.

New format for forest products news

DNR’s Forest Products Services Program published articles and information about forest product utilization and marketing, wood processing and drying, innovative wood technologies, and program news in the Wisconsin Wood Marketing Bulletin for more than 30 years. Recently, this newsletter content was merged into the DNR Division of Forestry’s news feed and rebranded as “Forest Products News.” Wisconsin Wood Marketing Bulletin subscribers will continue to receive similar news and information, but this new format will improve the delivery and consistency of content for the Department’s news subscribers. Continue reading “New format for forest products news”

Forests are nature’s powerhouse

Happy International Day of Forests! Annually, March 21 is a day dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of our forests.  This year’s International Day of Forests theme is “forests and energy.”

In a video clip titled “The forest: nature’s powerhouse,” organizers of the 2017 celebration note, “Trees store the sun’s energy by turning it into wood which has always been the world’s most used source of renewable energy.  New scientific advances using wood waste are opening it up to even more uses like liquid biofuels, making it a fuel of the future.”

Wisconsin has 17.1 million acres of forestland and there are currently more than fifty public and private facilities in the state that use some form of woody biomass for their energy needs. Continue reading “Forests are nature’s powerhouse”

Celebrate National Forest Products Week

Since 1960, the seven-day period beginning on the third Sunday of October has been designated by Presidential proclamation as a time to recognize the many products that come from our forests in addition to the people who manage, harvest, and manufacture these products we depend on each and every day. Most Wisconsinites recognize that forests are an essential part of our state’s history, culture, and environment, but many do not realize the economic importance of our 17.1 million acres of forest land to the state and local economies.

Wisconsin’s forest products industry:

  • Leads the US in paper production;
  • Provides more than  64,000 jobs; and
  • Contributes $ 24.7 billion of output to the state’s economy annually.

The forest products industry continues to provide a sustainable resource in response to an ever changing market. Despite the market changes over time, the diversity of Wisconsin’s forest products companies has been and will remain an important contributor to the economy in Wisconsin.  Read more in this DNR news release.

Written by Sabina Dhungana, DNR Forest Products Specialist, (608) 261-0754, Sabina.dhungana@wisconsin.gov