Free Webinar Discusses Forest Service Drought Report

drought-report-imageThe U.S. Forest Service is hosting a free webinar April 8, 2016 at 1 p.m. (EST) to discuss the findings in their recently released report, Effects of Drought on Forests and Rangelands in the United States: A Comprehensive Science Synthesis.

Presenters for the 90-minute webinar include:

  • James M. Vose, Research Ecologist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station
  • James S. Clark, Professor, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University
  • Charles H. Luce, Research Hydrologist, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station

The presenters will discuss key messages from the assessment. Topics to be covered include a state-of-the-science review of direct and indirect impacts of drought on forests and rangelands, as well as a discussion of management options for increasing resilience to future drought.

Pre-registration is not required. Participants can join the webinar via the Forestry Webinars webpage.

The drought report itself provides a national assessment of peer-reviewed scientific research on the impacts of drought on U.S. forests and rangelands. This report will help the Forest Service better manage forests and grasslands impacted by climate change.

The report establishes a comprehensive baseline of available data that land managers can use to test how well their efforts to improve drought resilience and adaptation practices are working nationwide. Major findings from the report include:

  • Drought projections suggest that some regions of the U.S. will become drier and that most will have more extreme variations in precipitation.
  • Even if current drought patterns remained unchanged, warmer temperatures will amplify drought effects.
  • Drought and warmer temperatures may increase risks of large-scale insect outbreaks and larger wildfires, especially in the western U.S.
  • Drought and warmer temperature may accelerate tree and shrub death, changing habitats and ecosystems in favor of drought-tolerant species.
  • Forest-based products and values – such as timber, water, habitat and recreation opportunities – may be negatively impacted.
  • Forest and rangeland managers can mitigate some of these impacts and build resiliency in forests through appropriate management actions.


Back to Basics Training on Engineered Wood Products: Free Webinars Begin in April

APA – The Engineered Wood Association is hosting a series of free webinars in April and May 2016 focusing on engineered wood products.

Composit-framingAccording to APA’s website, “Manufacturers, distributors, and builders are all reporting a critical need for training as they rebuild from the recession and hire new employees. New hires often lack knowledge and understanding of engineered wood products, design considerations, and installation recommendations. Even experienced sales personnel can benefit from a refresher. APA’s new, comprehensive training series includes six “back to basics” modules that cover key topics related to I-joists, Rim Board®, laminated veneer lumber, and glulam. This training targets distribution sales staffs who can, in turn, share the knowledge and training with their retail and builder customers.”

Six training modules will be offered as a weekly series beginning Friday, April 8. Modules run between 30-90 minutes. The first four are designed to be completed in sequence with progressively complex content, while the last two can be taken as stand-alone presentations.

For detailed information on the webinars and to register as a participant, visit

Wood Wisdom Webinar: FPL Experts Talk Biomass, Bioenergy

Join researchers from the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Rocky Mountain Research Station (RMRS) for a free webinar on December, 7, 2015. The webinar, Evaluation of Economic and Environmental Benefits From Utilizing Forest Residues, is hosted by Waste to Wisdom, a biomass research project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy under the Biomass Research and Development Initiative program.

Biomass conversion technologies that operate at or near the forest can help reduce inefficiencies.

The one-hour webinar is the third of six webinars on forest residues and biomass. Let our team of experts guide you through the latest research regarding the production of quality feedstock from forest residues, the development of biomass conversion technologies that operate at or near the forest, and the evaluation of economic and environmental benefits from utilizing forest residues for bioenergy and bio-based products. Forest Service presenters will include:

E.M. (Ted) Bilek: Economist, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory; and Waste to Wisdom biofuels and biobased product development analysis team lead.

Rick Bergman: Research Forest Products Technologist and Acting Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory.

Deborah S. Page-Dumroese: Project Leader, Root Disease and Soil Biology, USDA Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station.

Forest residues, including small-diameter trees, tops, and limbs, produced during thinning and timber harvest operations, have long been underutilized and treated as waste materials because of their high collection and transportation costs and low market value. Biomass conversion technologies, especially when these materials are produced at or near the forest operations sites, provide opportunities for significantly increased transportation efficiencies and product market values.

This presentation will cover data analysis, summaries of preliminary results, and implications of the research work for forest-based industries. Don’t wait, register today!

For more information, including instructions on how to register, please visit Waste to Wisdom’s website.

Two preceding webinars, one on feedstock collection and another on product production, are available at

Register Now! Free Cellulose Nanomaterials Webinar

The Forest Products Society is offering a free webinar titled “Overview of Cellulose Nanomaterials and Nanocomposites” on Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. EDT. Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) Research Materials Engineer Ronald Sabo will be presenting.

Ronald Sabo (left) will present the nano webinar. Here he explains a composites research project to USDA Under Secretary Robert Bonnie.

The one-hour webinar will provide an introduction to and overview of cellulose nanomaterials and nanocomposites. Production methods and properties of cellulose nanofibrils (CNFs) and cellulose nanocrystals (CNCs) will be described, and cellulose nanocomposites, their properties, and applications will be discussed. The enormous potential of these materials, as well as some of the associated challenges, will also be addressed in this webinar, which will provide a good foundation for anyone looking to begin research in this area or to incorporate these materials into products.

Sabo works in the Engineered Composites Sciences group at FPL. His research interests include cellulose nanomaterials and nanocomposites, “green” polymers and composites, and recycling and remediation of forest-based resources. He has authored over 50 publications, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and conference proceedings. Sabo obtained a bachelor’s degree in Chemical Engineering and Mathematics from Vanderbilt University and a Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering from the University of Florida.

Register now for this free webinar and begin to explore the many possibilities of nanocellulose!