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Title: Forest Products Laboratory : supporting the nation's armed forces with valuable wood research for 90 years

Source: Forest products journal. Vol. 57, nos. 1/2 (Jan./Feb. 2007): pages [6]-14.

Author(s)Risbrudt, Christopher D.; Ross, Robert J.; Blankenburg, Julie J.; Nelson, Charles A.

Publication Year: 2007  View PDF »

Category: Journal Articles

Abstract: Founded in 1910 by the U.S. Forest Service to serve as a centralized, national wood research laboratory, the USDA Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) has a long history of providing technical services to other government agencies, including those within the Defense (DoD). A recent search of FPL's library and correspondence files revealed that approximately 10,000 articles, reports, manuals, other technical publications, and communications have been generated and provided to the DoD since 1910. FPL has provided support on a broad array of technical questions—from designing lightweight packaging systems for transporting materiel to Europe and the South Pacific during World War II to assisting in the design and repair of motor mounts for minesweepers used in Desert Storm. This article offers a brief review of some of the contributions FPL has made in support of the United States' military.

Keywords: Forest products, military aspects, United States, wood, history, research institutes, Dept. of Defense, Forest Products Laboratory, utilization, research

File size: 439 kb(s)

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RITS Product ID: 3029
Current FPL Scientist associated with this product
Ross, Robert J.
Supervisory Research Gen. Engineer

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