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Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726-2398
Phone: (608) 231-9200
Fax: (608) 231-9592


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The USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) has assembled the most comprehensive publication ever regarding the nondestructive testing and evaluation (NDE) of wood materials... view  »
Maintenance of Cedar Siding: Removal of Algae, Mold, and Iron Stains

As wood ages, mildew (mold) and algae begin to grow on the surface. This is a normal process; these organisms do not degrade the wood. They cannot break down the structural ... view »

The cedar siding on this house has become stained.

Shelter from the Storm: Discovery Channel Features Safe Room Research

Discovery Channel Canada recently spent a day at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to film a segment on Bob Falk's tornado safe room research. Falk, a research general ... view »

FPL engineer Bob Falk talks tornado safe rooms with the Discovery Channel.

Science Making a Difference - Research Highlights from 2014

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Research Emphasis Areas

Study Confirms Wood Vital to Green Building

Wood should factor as a primary material in green building according to a new U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory Study ...
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Termite Eradication

A search for the Holy Grail

An interview with FPL Entomologist Rachel Arango and her innovative eradication approach ... view »


Nanocellulose, Rethink Paper

The Forest Products Industry is constantly searching for ways to unlock incredible innovations... view »

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Economic use of Beetle-Killed Trees

A new strategic framework on the market-oriented use of beetle-killed trees as a way to offset forest restoration costs and utilize woody biomass... view Report ».

Moisture Management in Residential Construction Series

A video series that demonstrates construction techniques and building science principles that minimize moisture-related performance issues in the building enclosure... view » 

Wood Floor Systems in Residential Construction Series

This video series identifies construction techniques that minimize wood subfloor construction issues and highlights installation tips ... view »