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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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Centennial Book

"Forest Products Laboratory 1910-2010, Celebrating A Century of Accomplishments" - compiled by John Koning.

The 9" by 12", hard cover, coffee table book is 532 pages, with more than 500 colored photos, 300 + black & white photos, and descriptions of FPL research accomplishments. It also contains a list of most of the people who have worked at the FPL over its 100-year history.

Founded in 1910, the Forest Products Laboratory was created as an interdisciplinary research facility to solve difficult problems important to sustainable forest management and to a diverse wood products industry. The laboratory-a federal facility located on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus-conducts cutting-edge research that has transformed old industries and created new ones, including lumber production, corrugated containers, recycled paper, production of alcohol from wood, commercial cultivation of shiitake mushrooms, and hundreds of other businesses. This book illustrates what can be accomplished when the American public supports a federal laboratory that works in cooperation with universities, industries, and associations. It includes:
  • Concise summaries of 65 significant achievements of the Forest Products Laboratory, with citations to the original research reports
  • A comparison of wood utilization in 1910 and in 2010
  • Examples of the financial impact of the wood products industry on job creation and on the American economy
  • Color photographs throughout illustrating research initiatives and products, forest ecosystems, and the FPL facilities over the course of a century o three reprinted reports that provide in detail the history and impact of selected examples of FPL research

FPL Centennial Video

Celebrating 100 years of public service in 2010 - From the producers of the Greatest Good, the history of FPL's 100 years of accomplishments and public service..."  view

2010 Centennial Edition of the Wood Handbook

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