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Publication year: 2012

Carving a new future from Minnesota's trees: Textiles

www.startribune.com - StarTribune
12/11/2012

An important part of Minnesota's economy depends on finding new uses for wood, and making rayon from trees could be one of those new uses ... view »

From the Editor of Forest Business Network

www.forestbusinessnetwork.com - Forest Business Network
12/05/2012

Both Susan LeVan and Robert Rummer will bring their long, prolific U.S. Forest Service careers to a close by the end of the month... view »

USDA Secretary Vilsack Tours the Forest Products Laboratory

blogs.usda.gov - USDA Blog
10/09/2012

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) recently guided USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack through its unique set of research facilities. Basic and applied research at FPL supports a number of objectives, including forest management and restoration, the wise use of forest resources, job creation, and expanding economic opportunities through public-private partnerships on a national scale.

Throughout his tour, Secretary Vilsack talked with lab leadership about FPL's diverse and innovative research efforts. Project leaders used the opportunity to field questions from the Secretary and explain work ranging from wood preservation and durability to advances in "green" building strategies and technology, use of beetle-killed trees, work on historic timber bridges, and advances in nanocellulose-related materials and applications... view »

Tough timber on a tiny scale

www.abc.net.au - ABC Rural
09/18/2012

Nanocellulose is simply wood that's been carefully smashed to pieces then reformed into neatly-woven "nano-scale" fibers. This new wonder-material is very stiff, lightweight, and it has eight times the tensile strength of steel. Alan Rudie from the Forest Products Laboratory in Wisconsin explains ... view »

Wood pulp extract stronger than carbon fiber or Kevlar

science.slashdot.org - Slashdot
09/04/2012

The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a US$1.7 million pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials such as wood chips and sawdust. Prepared properly, CNCs are stronger and stiffer than Kevlar or carbon fibers, so that putting CNC into composite materials ... view »

Wood pulp extract stronger than carbon fiber or Kevlar

www.gizmag.com - Gizmag
09/03/2012

The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a US$1.7 million pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials such as wood chips and sawdust. Prepared properly, CNCs are stronger and stiffer than Kevlar or carbon fibers, so that putting CNC into composite materials ... view »

Why wood pulp is world's new wonder material

www.newscientist.com - New Scientist
08/24/2012

THE hottest new material in town is light, strong and conducts electricity. What's more, it's been around a long, long time.To ramp up production, the US opened its first NCC factory in Madison, Wisconsin, on 26 July, marking the rise of what the US National Science Foundation predicts will become a $600 billion industry by 2020 ... view »

A new generation of wood products - unlocking the tiny secrets nature has held for centuries

http://www.bbc.com/ - BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation)
08/23/2012

Podcast of BBC's News Hour program interviewing FPL Supervisory Research Chemist Alan Rudie about the opening of the first Nanocellulose Facility in the United States ...


Note: This podcast is no longer available from BBC.

Huge strides being made in reducing broken bats

mlb.mlb.com - Major League Baseball
08/03/2012

In 2008, when more than 30 companies began manufacturing maple bats and around 60 percent of Major Leaguers used them, according to Kretschmann, the number of multipiece failures skyrocketed. That's when MLB decided to bear down, examining trends, talking to players and creating stricter regulations, which immediately dropped the percentage of maple-bat users to about 50 percent in 2009 ... view »

USDA Under Secretary Sherman Unveils Nanocellulose Production Facility

blogs.usda.gov - USDA Blog
08/03/2012

The U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory recently opened a $1.7 million production facility for renewable, forest-based nanomaterials. This facility is the first of its kind in the United States and one that positions the laboratory as the country's leading producer of these materials, also called nanocellulose... view »

USDA Forest Products Laboratory Nanocellulose Facility Grand Opening

umaine.edu - The University of Maine
08/2012

The USDA's Forest Products Laboratory held a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 25th for a state-of-the-art nanocellulose pilot plant in Madison, Wisconsin. USDA Under Secretary Harris Sherman was the keynote speaker at the opening, and several industry leaders (including the PDC's Director, Michael Bilodeau) delivered presentations on the commercialization of nanomaterials... view »

Forest Products Laboratory opens pilot plant

ibmadison.com - In Business Magazine
07/26/2012

The Forest Products Laboratory opened a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive in Madison. It will support a growing market for wood products by using nanotechnology to produce cost-effective products stronger than Kevlar but lighter in weight than carbon fiber or fiberglass... view »

Forest Service Announces $4 Million for Alternative-Energy Projects

blogs.usda.gov - USDA Blog
07/26/2012

The U.S. Forest Service recently announced the award of nearly $4 million in grants for wood energy projects around the country to help expand regional economies and create new jobs. The grants, totaling $3.9 million, will be distributed to 20 small businesses, tribes and community groups to develop renewable energy projects... view »

U.S. Forest Products Lab to open nanomaterials plant

www.wisconsintechnologycouncil.com - Wisconsin Technology Council
07/25/2012

The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, in Madison, says it's opening a $1.7 million pilot plant that will support an emerging market for wood products derived from nanotechnology... view »

Nanocellulose Pilot Plant Grand Opening: "A Game-Changer."

www.nbc15.com - WMTV - NBC15
07/25/2012

Industry leaders, scientists, and political leaders discuss massive potential of wood-derived nanotechnology for rural jobs, wildfire prevention, and national defense ... view »

U.S. Forest Products Lab to open nanomaterials plant

investing.businessweek.com - Bloomberg Businessweek
07/24/2012

The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, in Madison, says it's opening a $1.7 million pilot plant that will support an emerging market for wood products derived from nanotechnology. Through nanotechnology, wood products can be made that are stronger than Kevlar fiber and have high strength with low weight. The attributes have caught the attention of the military for use in lightweight armor and ballistic glass, as well as companies in the automotive, aerospace, electronics and other industries... view »

U.S. Forest Products Lab to open nanomaterials plant

www.jsonline.com - Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
07/24/2012

The U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, in Madison, says it's opening a $1.7 million pilot plant that will support an emerging market for wood products derived from nanotechnology ... view »

Wood flooring from wine barrels shows promise

westernfarmpress.com - Western Farm Press
07/24/2012

Joe Triglia, owner of Jubilee Flooring in Long Island, N.Y., has spent years working out a way to turn discarded wine barrels into wood flooring. Now, with help from the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory , his vision is turning into a promising business venture ... view »

Forest Products Lab to open first-of-its-kind pilot plant

www.forestbusinessnetwork.com - Forest Business Network
07/22/2012

The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison next week will open a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant that will help support the emerging market for wood-derived renewable materials. A grand-opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the laboratory at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, with presentations by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service, as well as industry representatives from IBM and Lockheed Martin... view »

Forest Products Lab to open first-of-its-kind pilot plant

host.madison.com/wsj - Wisconsin State Journal
07/20/2012

The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison next week will open a $1.7 million nanocellulose pilot plant that will help support the emerging market for wood-derived renewable materials. A grand-opening ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the laboratory at 1 Gifford Pinchot Drive, with presentations by officials from the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Forest Service, as well as industry representatives from IBM and Lockheed Martin... view »

USFS Forest Products Lab Opens NanoCellulose Pilot Plant

www.terutalk.com - Teru Talk
07/2012

The US Forest Service's (USFS) Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin is celebrating the Grand Opening of its $1.7 million NanoCellulose Pilot Plant on July 25, 2012. The facility for production of renewable, forest-sourced nanomaterials will support an emerging market for wood-derived renewable materials that will create jobs and contribute an estimated $600 billion ... view »

Moisture Meters and Why You Use Them

blog.woodcraft.com - Woodworking Adventures
06/28/2012

Woodworkers know that moisture content is the single most important factor affecting the quality of their project. To ensure quality, from the mill and dry kiln to the finished project, moisture meters help minimize defects such as shrinkage, cracks, and splits... view »

Forest Products Lab Hosts Important Wood-to-Energy Roundtable with
Deputy Under Secretary Butch Blazer

blogs.usda.gov - USDA Blog
06/19/2012

Arthur "Butch" Blazer, USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Natural Resources and Environment, paid a visit to the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wis., recently to convene an important roundtable discussion on wood-to-energy concerns... view »

Batter up: Ash or maple?

benningtonbanner.com - Bennington Banner
06/15/2012

Faced with a major PR problem (sportswriter Jeff Passan began a piece in 2008 with the line: "Someone's going to die at a baseball stadium soon."), major league baseball enlisted the help of scientists from Harvard, the University of Massachusetts, and the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, to try to figure out why maple bats were breaking so explosively... view »

Nanocellulose Is No Small Thing

www.conservationmagazine.org - Conservation Magazine (University of Washington)
06/2012

For centuries, the forestry industry has produced paper and lumber. But what if trees could be transformed into an entirely new set of products, ranging from electronic sensors to biomedical implants to military protective gear? Researchers envision a huge array of applications for nanocellulose. It could partially replace fossil fuel-based products such as petroleum-derived plastics and might be cheaper than other high-performance ... view »

Tall Wood - Sustainable skyscrapers of the future may harken back to the log cabin era

www.conservationmagazine.org - Conservation (University of Washington)
05/2012

Just over a century ago, the architects and engineers who invented the skyscraper set us on the path to becoming an urban world. Tall buildings of concrete and steel helped make urban density-and the increased sustainability that comes with it-possible. Life-cycle analyses comparing the climate impacts of different building materials support Green's argument, says Ken Skog, a forestry researcher with the USDA Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin. "Generally the finding has been that if you use wood materials in buildings, you obtain a benefit" over concrete and steel, he says ... view »

Important Carbon Emission Study Co-Authored by
FPL Economist

www.nature.com - Nature Climate Change
05/13/2012

Carbon storage rates after forest clearing vary depending on the country and how the wood is used... view »


Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP)
and Reuse of Building Materials

www.forresidentialpros.com - For Residential Pros
05/09/2012

The December 2011 issue of Qualified Remodeler featured a story about deconstruction (page 18), which prompted a reader to ask whether the Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's lead Renovation, Repair and Painting rule impacts the reuse of building materials ... view »

NET Announces Exclusive License with USDA

www.sacbee.com - The Sacramento Bee
05/01/2012

SAN DIEGO, May 1, 2012 - Noble Environmental Technologies (NET, San Diego, CA), a leading sustainable materials manufacturer, announced its exclusive license to commercialize technology based on two patents filed jointly with the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL).... view »

NET Announces Exclusive License with USDA

http://www.marketwatch.com - The Wall Street Journal
05/01/2012

Noble Environmental Technologies (NET, San Diego, CA), a leading sustainable materials manufacturer, announced its exclusive license to commercialize technology based on two patents filed jointly with the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)... view »

Pulp NonFiction: Fungal Analysis Reveals Clues
for Targeted Biomass Deconstruction

http://www.jgi.doe.gov - DOE Joint Genome Institute
03/22/2012

Without fungi and microbes to break down dead trees and leaf litter in nature, the forest floor might look like a scene from TV's "Hoarders."

Massive-scale genome sequencing projects supported by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and being carried out at the DOE Joint Genome Institute (JGI) highlight the importance of learning how the cellulose, hemicellulose and lignin that serve as a plant's infrastructure can be broken down by these forest organisms to extract needed nutrients. Among the fungi being studied are species that can selectively break down the cell wall components cellulose and lignin - the number one and two most abundant biopolymers on Earth... view »

Giant science project comes to life

www.wkow.com - WKOW TV
03/13/2012

Researchers at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory broke a 72-long, 6,000-pound wood beam on Tuesday. This project shows the strength of the glulam beam. It broke around 80,000-pounds of applied force. These beams are the largest tested worldwide since 1990, and the second-largest ever tested... view »

NBC Affiliate Captures Big Bang

www.nbc15.com/ - NBC15 TV
03/13/2012

Madison's Channel 15 was on hand as area middle school students gathered at the Forest Products Laboratory's state-of-the-art Centennial Research Facility to watch a 6,000-pound beam reach its breaking point... view »

Strength Testing of Massive Glulam Beams

www.forestindustry.com - Forest Industry Network
03/13/2012

The largest wood beams ever tested are being studied at the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wis. If you've ever wondered what upwards of 80,000 pounds of load looks or sounds like when applied to a 72-foot-long, 6,000 pound wood beam, now's your chance. Bam! View this short video... view »

Middle school science class gets
front-row seat

Wisconsin State Journal
03/13/2012

Some cupped their hands over their ears, while others planted fingers firmly inside. A few took it all in unencumbered. The 36 middle school students from St. Mary School in Janesville came to the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison on Tuesday to see the largest beam tested since 1990... view »

Forest Sector Reeling During Economic Downturn

www.palletenterprise.com - Pallet Enterprise
03/01/2012

Economic Downturn Impact: Industry researchers analyze the economic health and industry capacity of the forest products sector after the recent economic downturn. Changes have taken place that could have longstanding ramifications for sawmill capacity ... view »

FPL invention recently named one of the
Top Products of 2011

http://www.bluetoad.com - Fastener Technology International
February 2012

A FPL invention has recently been named one of the Top Products of 2011 by Fastener Technology International. Titled "System for evaluation of the surface area of a threaded fastener", the system allows for more accurate determination of corrosion rates for threaded fasteners that are in contact with treated wood... view news article »

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Forest Products and Bioenergy

www.wpr.org - Wisconsin Public Radio
01/25/2012


Listen to the Larry Meiller Show on Wisconsin Public Radio where FPL's Carl Houtman discusses forest products and bioenergy along with John Greenler from the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center... listen »

Ring Profiler Gives Scientists
a Luminous Look at Tree Rings

blogs.usda.gov - USDA Blog
01/17/2012

The Ring Profiler may sound like the title of fantasy novel but in fact it's an innovative tool U.S. Forest Service scientists are using to better determine how much a tree grows annually. Developed by the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wis., the Ring Profiler may have significant implications in forest management and climate-change studies... view »

Don't Judge a Tree by Its Size

www.forestindustry.com - Forest Industry Network
01/16/2012


A new tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) provides a more accurate look at how trees grow, and may have significant implications in forest management and climate-change studies... view news article »

Don't Judge a Tree by Its Size

www.forestbusinessnetwork.com - Forest Business Network
01/12/2012

A new tool developed by the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) provides a more accurate look at how trees grow, and may have significant implications in forest management and climate-change studies... view news article »

FPL in the News - 2012 and Prior

Publication year: 2011

Tough market for bluestain wood

www.bhpioneer.com - Black Hills Pioneer
11/10/2011

Millions of trees are infested by the mountain pine beetle each year in the United States. Lumber industry specialists and foresters are seeking out the best way to utilize the bluestain wood left behind. A Forest Products Laboratory report, "Economic Use of Beetle-Killed Trees," outlines strategies... view news article »

Centennial Research Facility wins architectural
design award

www.hdrinc.com
11/2011

HDR Engineering, Inc. of Omaha, Neb., has won a design citation award for their work on the FPL's unique Centennial Research Facility (CRF). Touted as a 'living laboratory,' the CRF not only houses research, it is research. We are proud to have this award winning building on our campus and congratulate HDR Engineering in gaining recognition for their fine work. ... view news article »

FPL's Wegner assumes key role in TAPPI's International Nano Division

www.tappi.org
10/2011

TAPPI's International Nanotechnology Division announces the appointment of the following new division officers: Sean Ireland, Verso Paper, Chairman; Phil Jones, IMERYS, Vice Chairman; and Ted Wegner, USDA Forest Service-Forest Products Laboratory, Secretary... view news article »

President Obama Meets the Nation's
Cutting-Edge Researchers

www.WhiteHouse.gov
Office of Science and Technology Policy

10/17/2011

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE) awards are bestowed each year upon outstanding scientists and engineers who are beginning their independent research careers, show exceptional potential for leadership, and have demonstrated a commitment to community service and the advancement of science, technology, engineering and math education... view news article »

Forest Service study promotes wood as a 'green building material,' but not all agree

Missoulian
10/08/2011

Calling wood a "green building material" seems redundant. Nevertheless, the U.S. Forest Service has published a study arguing the American building industry has overlooked that fact. Its authors want more recognition of how wood takes less energy to fabricate, releases less carbon into the atmosphere... view news article »

How the Forest Service Saved Baseball

A New Century of Forest Planning
10/05/2011

In April 2008, a jagged projectile of maple wood hurtled into the stands at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and struck Susan Rhodes in the face. She left the ballpark with a concussion and a broken jaw. By June, Major League Baseball (MLB) had commissioned a $500,000 investigation into the alarming number of bats that had shattered that season, including more than 750 in just three months.... view news article »

White House Gives High Honor to
Three Wisconsinites

WJFW.com - Newswatch 12
10/02/2011

Madison - The White House is giving three Wisconsinites the highest honor the government can give to science and engineering professionals in the early stages of their independent research careers... view news article »

How the Forest Service Saved Baseball

Discover Magazine
10/01/2011

In April 2008, a jagged projectile of maple wood hurtled into the stands at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles and struck Susan Rhodes in the face. She left the ballpark with a concussion and a broken jaw. By June, Major League Baseball (MLB) had commissioned a $500,000 investigation into the alarming number of bats that had shattered that season, including more than 750 in just three months... view news article »

Green Building with Wood: USDA Report

A New Century of Forest Planning
09/30/2011

Forest Service Report Documents Environmental Benefits of Wood as a Green Building Material Agriculture Secretary Vilsack urges US builders to prioritize wood in green buildings... view news article »

FPL research supports USDA's $80 million
biofuels investment

R&D Magazine
09/29/2011

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that Washington State University and University of Washington each will receive a five-year, $40 million grant to help develop alternatives to petroleum-based fuels and chemicals. As a partner in the Washington State University-led Northwest Advanced Renewables Alliance (NARA), the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) will receive $1.1 million to pretreat woody biomass for conversion to aviation fuel... view news article »

US Forest Service Scientist Awarded High Honor by President Obama

USDA Blog
09/29/2011

President Obama has named Dr. Samuel L. Zelinka, a U.S. Forest Service scientist, as a recipient of the Presidential Early Career Awards for Scientists and Engineers, the highest honor honor bestowed by the United States government on science and engineering professionals in the early stages ... view news article »

'Dusting' Termites Breakthrough For Wisconsin Village - Termites Annually Cause $11 Billion In Damage

WISC-TV and Channel3000.com
08/20/2011

Madison, August 20, 2011 -- Most people don't purposefully go digging for termites, but researchers at Forest Products Laboratory in Madison may have uncovered a breakthrough way to get those underground dwellers from taking up residence in your home...
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Measuring the Surface Area of Fasteners

Products Finishing Magazine - Online
09/01/2011

How do you measure the surface area of a threaded fastener? How much coating would you put on it? How thick of a coating? What about non-threaded fasteners? The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Forest Service, of all people, may have come up with the solution for those pondering how to coat sometimes-difficult small pieces using computer imaging and software to compute the area. view »


Town successfully rids itself of termites

Wisconsin State Journal
08/28/2011

ENDEAVOR - For most of us, the communities that dot the east and west sides of Interstate 39 are mere pit stops, if stops at all.

We know of places like Coloma, Oxford, Hancock, Plainfield and Plover largely from the green road signs along this north-south route that is a year-round thoroughfare for vehicles, campers, boats and snowmobiles destined for somewhere Up North.

Endeavor is also on that list but is now known for what is no more. view »


Experiment puts bite on termites; Endeavor approach likely to be used elsewhere

Portage Daily Register
08/21/2011

Ding-dong, the wood-eating insects are gone. The U.S. Forest Service last week declared that an experimental communitywide approach to termite eradication, conducted over several years in the Marquette County village of Endeavor, appears to have been a resounding success. The approach that worked in Endeavor is likely to be applied in other small communities with widespread termite infestation... view »


Forest Service Employees Join
Forces to Feed Families

USDA Blog
08/19/2011

With just over two weeks left in the 2011 Feds Feed Families campaign, Forest Service employees are joining forces all over the country in an extraordinary show of commitment and compassion as its summer food drive moves to full gear in helping reach the USDA's goal of 500,000 pounds of donated food. Across the country, Forest Service employees have stepped up to the plate to help feed the hungry in their region... view »


Developer of ECOR® Advanced Environmental Composites Announces Joint Patent ApplicationsNew Environmental Material Technology Developed in Collaboration with the USDA

SYS-CON Media
06/13/2011

SAN DIEGO "PRNewswire" -- San Diego-based Noble Environmental Technologies Corporation (NET), a leading sustainable materials developer and manufacturer, announces its submittal for two US and Patent Cooperation Treaty (PCT) patents jointly with the US Department of Agriculture, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin, detailing new eco-composite panel technology advancements ... view »


Department of Energy Releases New "Billion-Ton" Study Highlighting Opportunities for Growth in Bioenergy Resources

Energy.gov
08/10/2011

Washington, D.C. - The U.S. Department of Energy today released a report - 2011 U.S. Billion-Ton Update: Biomass Supply for a Bioenergy and Bioproducts Industry - detailing U.S. biomass feedstock potential nationwide. The report examines the nation's capacity to produce a billion dry tons of biomass resources annually for energy uses without impacting other vital U.S. farm and forest products, such as food, feed, and fiber crops. The study provides industry, policymakers, and the agricultural community with county-level data and includes analyses of current U.S. feedstock capacity and the potential for growth in crops and agricultural products for clean energy applications. The biomass resources identified in the report could be used to produce clean, renewable biofuels, biopower, or bioproducts... view »

Download the "Billion-Ton" Study .

Solving the Broken-Bat Epidemic

Wall Street Journal
08/09/2011

Anyone who has seen a Major League Baseball game the past few years has seen the absurdity: wooden bats constantly splintering, shattering and breaking, their shards fluttering across the field and occasionally into the stands. But where the rest of us saw an annoyance and potentially a danger, two fans saw a business opportunity. Jim Cortez, an entrepreneur in Chicago, and Greg Kendra, who is a real-estate agent in Denver, came up with a process by which bats are cryogenically frozen ... view »


Don't demolish that old house; recycle it

MSN
08/01/2011

You can recycle your pop can. You can recycle your cellphone. You can even buy a fleece jacket made of recycled plastic bottles. But can you recycle your house?ncreasingly, the answer is yes... view »


Wood Products Part of Winning Carbon-Emissions Equation, Researchers Say

ScienceDaily
07/15/2011

Trees absorb carbon dioxide from the atmosphere to grow, so forests have long been proposed as a way to offset climate change. But rather than just letting the forest sit there for a hundred or more years, the amount of carbon dioxide taken out of the atmosphere could be quadrupled in 100 years by harvesting regularly and using the wood in place of steel and concrete that devour fossil fuels during manufacturing, producing carbon dioxide... view »

Heads Up

Fox News (TV)
07/11/2011

Fox News interviews FPL's Research Scientist David Kretschmann about cutting major league baseball broken bat incidents by half... view »


MLB Cracks The Case Of The Broken Bats

NPR and 90.9 WBUR (Boston)
07/09/2011

In 2008, fans attending Major League Baseball games could have yelled "timber!" instead of "charge!" That's because baseball bats started shattering at a record pace. With dangerous shards flying at players on the field and into dugouts and stands, MLB officials started looking for solutions. Milwaukee Public Radio's Mitch Teich reports how the US Forest Service is helping baseball build a better bat... view »


Woody Biomass Utilization - Skidder Woody Biomass Facts: A Look at the Myths Regarding a Sustainable Energy Source

Pallet Enterprise
07/01/2011

Woody Biomass Facts: Biomass has the capability to play a significant role in the future of the nation's energy security. Unfortunately, many misunderstandings prevent it from being viewed as the renewable and sustainable energy source that it is... view »

It's usually best to keep crawl-space vents closed

Tulsa World
06/28/2011

Here in the humid South it has become evident that warm-humid air getting under the house actually worsens the moisture problem. As air conditioning is the norm, more so in this decade than ever, the floor over the crawl space is cold... view »

Want More Forests? Buy More Wood Products!

Hardwood Review express
06/24/2011

Credit the USDA Forest Service for recently becoming more public and proactive in promoting the wood industry. For the second time in three months, agency personnel have extolled the virtues of using more wood... view »

3 regional biomass projects to share $650K federal grant

The Missoulian
06/22/2011

A trio of biomass projects in western Montana will share almost $650,000 in federal grants to get their plants ready for construction. view »

Forest Service awards nearly $3 million for renewable energy projects

Western Farm Press
06/22/2011

A trio of biomass projects in western Montana will share almost $650,000 in federal grants to get their plants ready for construction. view »

Looking good at the iFDesign Awards

European Plastics News
06/20/2011

Out of five gold category winners at iFDesign's 2011 materials awards, injection moulder Klaus Kunststofftechnik was the only one whose item was made of plastic... view »

Broken Bats Start in the Forest

Metro News - West Virginia Outdoors
06/17/2011

Anybody who ever played baseball years ago knows the term "label up." It was usually the second instruction given to youngsters just behind, "eye on the ball." The phrase isn't as common today because few, if any, young ball players use wooden bats. Batting with the label up, in theory, reduced the chances the bat would be broken on a solid ... view »

EdeniQ obtains key yeast technology from USDA

Ethanol Producer Magazine
06/16/2011

California-based EdeniQ Inc. moved one step closer to making cellulosic ethanol a commercial reality when it licensed yeast technology, which can ferment C5 sugars such as xylose derived from lignocellulosic materials like corn stover, switchgrass and woodchips into ethanol, from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation.... view »

EdeniQ Licenses Yeast Technology from USDA

CBS8.com
06/14/2011

EdeniQ, Inc., a California-based clean technology company serving the global biofuels industry, announced today that it has licensed yeast technology from the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation (WARF) associated with the fermentation of C5 sugars, such as xylose, to ethanol. .... view »

Forest Service Cracks Mystery Behind Broken Bats - AP News interviews FPL's Research Scientist David Kretschmann

Associated Press (AP)
06/14/2011

When it comes to baseball, Dave Kretschmann always keeps his eye on the bat. A casual fan whose loyalties are split between the St. Louis Cardinals and Milwaukee Brewers, Kretschmann watches games much differently than he did...

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Good Wood, Broken Bats Down 50%

Baseball Think Factory (web newsblog)
06/10/2011

There has been a 50% reduction in what is called multiple-piece failure rates in baseball bats in the last three seasons...thanks to the extensive efforts of the scientists from the Forest Products Laboratory, especially Dave Kretschmann... view »

Breaking down the broken bats in MLB

Milwaukee - Wisconsin Journal Sentinel
06/10/2011

Since Major League Baseball's partnership with the USDA Forest Service began in 2008, we have witnessed a dramatic decrease in the number of broken bats thanks to the extensive efforts of the scientists from the Forest Products Laboratory, especially Dave Kretschmann," Dan Halem, MLB's senior... view »

Baseball is Safer

Fine Wood Working.com
06/09/2011

Thanks to a partnership with Major League Baseball and the USDA Forest Service that began three years ago, there has been a 50 % reduction in multiple-piece failure (MPF) rates. Research engineer, Dave Kretschmann, at the Forest Products Laboratory has studied video of every shattered bat since 2009 ... view »

Curiosities: Is there a limit to how many times paper can be recycled?

Wisconsin State Journal
05/15/2011

Experiments show that paper fibers can be recycled about five times, says Carl Houtman, a chemical engineer at the Forest Products Lab run by the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Madison... view »

Whole-Tree Architecture: Cutting the Forest to Save It

Odyssey Magazine
04/26/2011

If all of the trees on Earth were divided equally among all of the planet's people, we would each have a piece of forest about the size of a football field. But your personal patch of trees is shrinking. Many trees are harvested for building materials. But architect Roald Gunderson has found a way to build homes from what many people would call weed trees...  view article »  view blog »
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Forest Products Lab Chronicle Published

Hardwood Floors
04/21/2011

The body of scientists who have toiled at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wis., is the wood products industry's workhorse... view »

Forest Products Lab has had its share of interesting stories

Wisconsin State Journal
04/20/2011

Many people in Madison, when they think of Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) - if they think of it at all - can't see the forest for the trees.... view »

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's Forest Products Lab has been contributing to the study and advancement of wood product use for over a century

Wisconsin Public Radio
04/20/2011

The U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service's Forest Products Lab has been contributing to the study and advancement of wood product use for over a century. After eleven, Judith Siers-Poisson ("SEARS-pwah-SOHn") talks with the author of a history of the Lab's first hundred years. WPR interviews John Koning, Jr., who conducted research in paperboard packaging for the Forest Products Lab. After retiring, he joined the Engineering Professional Development Department in the College of Engineering at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He is the author of "Forest Products Laboratory 1910-2010: Celebrating a Century of Accomplishments"... view »

Termites are nothing new for Janesville residents

GazetteXtra.com /JANESVILLE, Wisconsin
04/16/2011

Now playing! The Beasts That Ate Janesville! Watch as a brave scientist races against time to discover the biological mechanism to stop the swarm of insects bent on destruction... view »

Manure-Based Materials Find New Uses

National Hog Farmer
04/14/2011

Engineers with the USDA Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, WI, are investigating ways to create building and packing materials out of recycled manure... view »

Wood Pellets: A Growing Industry?

Utah Forest News
Winter 2011

A Salt Lake manufacturing company creatively manipulates and recycles woody biomass into wood pellets, which can be used as fuel for heating homes and other buildings, as fuel for producing electricity, and also as animal bedding... ...view »

Publication year: 2010

Plywood: Is gluey tofuey the path to health?

The Why? Files (Science behind the news)
08/26/2010

When plywood came into industrial use a century ago, the criss-crossing layers of wood were glued with a soybean derivative. Then, in the 1930s (long before tofu sprouted in the American diet), strong, synthetic glues, derived from natural gas or oil, started to shoulder aside the soy stuff. ...view »

Tofu Ingredient Yields Formaldehyde-Free Glue for Plywood and Other Wood Products

Newswise
08/19/2010

In a real-life "back to the future" story, scientists today reported that the sustainable, environmentally-friendly process that gave birth to plywood a century ago is re-emerging as a "green" alternative to wood adhesives made from petroleum. Speaking at the 240th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, they described development of new soy-based glues that use a substance in soy milk and tofu and could mean a new generation of more eco-friendly furniture, cabinets, flooring, and other wood products. ...view »

Forest Products Laboratory in Madison is ready for another 100 years

Wisconsin State Journal
08/07/2010

Madison, WI - Bill Nelson now has the space to crush a 20-foot-long section of a bridge and test the strength of a two-story wall, complete with windows and doors. Down the hall, engineer C.R. Boardman can create, with a few keystrokes, Seattle-like rain or the blistering heat found in Arizona. The Forest Products Laboratory in Madison is ready for the next 100 years of research with the recent opening of the $38 million Centennial Research Facility. ...view »

Madison County bridges will get high-tech scan

DesMoinesRegister.com
07/09/2010

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Laser technology will be used to record four of Madison County's six remaining covered bridges for historical reference and so they can be rebuilt if any more are destroyed.Initially the 19th century timber bridges numbered around two dozen, but over the years wear and tear has caused most of them to fall apart. ...view »

U.S. Forest Products Lab Celebrates 100 Years with Advanced Research Facility

WOODWORKS BLOG
06/30/2010

The design community got a huge boost last week with the grand opening of the U.S. Forest Products Lab's new Centennial Research Facility in Madison, WI - which was timed to coincide with its 100-year anniversary. ...view »

Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Awards Woody Biomass Utilization Projects

USDA
06/24/2010

WASHINGTON, June 24, 2010 -- Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the award of more than $4.2 million in grants to 13 small businesses and community groups developing innovative renewable energy projects and new product development using woody biomass ...view »

Federal Laboratory Consortium

Midwest Region Quarterly Newsletter (Spring 2010)
04/28/2010

The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) battles global climate change on many fronts. Working with the Environmental Protection Agency ...view »

U.S. Forest Service and College of Menominee Nation Sign Partnership Agreement

Federal Laboratory Consortium
Spring 2010

The Forest Products Laboratory gets thousands of questions each year about wood and paper products. In each issue of Newsline ...view »

Lasers uncover Town of Cedarburg bridge history

Journal Sentinel Online
04/15/2010

A 134-year-old covered bridge was given laser treatment Thursday. Lasers did not remove wrinkles or other blemishes from the aging pine boards and planks, though there is graffiti scratched and painted on the wood. And there has been some settling over the years - a slight tilt to the left is visible at the north entrance - that could benefit from cosmetic carpentry. Two scanning lasers were used to measure each piece of the historic bridge... view »


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