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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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Improving durability and wood protection through improved building design, advances in low-toxicity wood preservatives, and improvements in fire safety.

Wood is an aesthetic and versatile structural material and it represents one of our most valuable renewable resources. However, vulnerability to moisture, fire, and biodeterioration are important limitations to the expected long service life of wood and can result in significant economic and resource loss. One of the surest ways to extend the available timber supply and increase the resources to meet present and future demands is by improving the durability of wood in use.