The World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the world’s leading conservation organization, featured a partnership with the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in their 2018 Annual Report.
Since 2016, FPL’s Center for Wood Anatomy Research, in partnership with the World Wildlife Fund, World Resources Institute, and Simeone Consulting, LLC, has been working to establish data on product misrepresentation in the American consumer market for forest products. In addition to asking questions about the presence and prevalence of product misrepresentation, the partnership also sought to document the availability, willingness, and capability of forensic wood expertise in the United States. The full results of the study are under review by a peer-reviewed journal, and it is hoped that this pioneering work will be published soon. In addition, WWF and FPL are looking to the future for further collaborative projects.
A link to the full WWF Annual Report can be found here. The project with FPL is featured second on the web page.
Repaving a parking lot isn’t generally something we’d get too excited about here at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). That is, unless the project incorporates wood, in which case, we’re totally stoked.
Test site for cellulose nanomaterial-enhanced concrete in Greenville, S.C. Photo credit: Michael Goergen
Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) botanist Alex Wiedenhoeft was named Fellow by the International Academy of Wood Science (IAWS). Wiedenhoeft joins nearly 20 current and former FPL scientists in this Fellowship. Continue reading →
For the past 58 years, the third week of October has been deemed National Forest Products Week by Presidential proclamation. Here at the Forest Products Laboratory, every week is Forest Products Week, but we’re extra happy to celebrate this particular week with partners and the public, sharing all the good things trees provide.
To kick off the week, you can read a blog post below featured on the U.S. Forest Service and USDA blogs. Be sure to follow us on Twitter @fsWoodLab and #ForestProductsWeek to keep up with all the fun facts supporting what we already know: Wood is Good!
Recent action by the Forest Stewardship Council® (FSC) to suspend a major charcoal producer in Europe is one outcome of the FSC and Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) partnership. This collaboration aims at using forensic wood science to investigate supply chains. Alex C. Wiedenhoeft, Research Botanist and Team Leader in FPL’s Center for Wood Anatomy Research (CWAR), has led the CWAR side of a multi-year, award-winning research cooperation between FSC and FPL. Wiedenhoeft and his team conducted the forensic analysis of the contested charcoal.
Specimens of lump charcoal displayed on a specimen submission form.
At issue was whether charcoal appearing on the retail market with the FSC label was in fact sourced from FSC-certified forests. “Working with investigators within the FSC supply chain integrity team, our forensic results about the botanical origin of the charcoal showed that the species composition of the charcoal was or was not consistent with the species claim,” said Wiedenhoeft. “As with most forensic applications of botany, the bulk of the work is done by the real-world investigators, whether law enforcement or industrial auditors. Forensic wood science steps in at the evidence analysis phase to give the investigators solid data to inform their investigation.”