Research Highlights

 
Publication Year: 2019
Activated carbon made from biochar activated using steam in a rotary calciner. USDA Forest Service.
Highlight ID: 1321
Life Cycle Assessment of Activated Carbon from Woody Biomass

Expanding biofuels and bioproducts production using forest biomass as feedstock contributes to not only alternatives to US fossil fuels, but also facilitates forest restoration treatments by providing ...
A method was developed to estimate biocide leaching from preservative-treated wood used above aquatic habitat. USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 1324
Method for Estimating Wood Preservative Leaching

Pressure-treated wood is widely used for construction projects in sensitive environments. This research project developed a method to estimate biocide leaching from pressure-treated wood exposed to pr ...
 
Publication Year: 2018
Torrefied wood chip briquettes produced from forest residues using a portable system near forest setup. USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 1314
Economic Analysis of Making Solid Biofuels and Biochar from Forest Residues Using Portable Production Systems in the U.S.

Higher logistic cost is one of the major bottlenecks to produce renewable power, fuel, or bioproducts from forest residues in large-scale production facilities. Smaller scale and portable production f ...
Wood chips storage types (Top-left: Outdoor-open, Top-right: Outdoor-tarped, Bottom-left: Indoor, Bottom-right: Silo). USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 1315
Techno-economic and Environmental Assessments of Storing Woodchips and Pellets for Bioenergy Applications

Storage is the critical operation within the biomass supply chain to reduce feedstock supply risks and to manage smooth year-around operations of a biorefinery or a bioenergy plant. Moreover, storage ...
 
Publication Year: 2017
The stakes in the image are southern pine pressure treated with extractives of naturally durable wood species. These stakes have been installed in ground contact in Mississippi and Wisconsin and will be evaluated for the next 10 years.
Highlight ID: 1298
Effective utilization of naturally durable wood biomass offers an overlooked source of potential wood protectants

Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisc., are evaluating extractives as potential next-generation wood preservatives. This bio-rational approach offers environmen ...
Design Building on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts.
Highlight ID: 1270
Environmental building declaration prepared using life cycle assessment

An environmental building declaration for the Design Building on the Amherst campus of the University of Massachusetts was prepared from a whole building life cycle assessment on this first wood-concr ...
Pilot scale near-woods torrefaction system operated at Samoa, CA.
Highlight ID: 1293
Evaluating near-woods processing of post-harvest forest residues for energy production

Forest Service researchers are evaluating the environmental viability of converting post-harvest forest residues into high-quality bioenergy products, such as briquette and torrefied briquette, as via ...
Figure 1. Wood feedstock to final product conversion: (a) micro-chips made from the wood of coniferous tree species; (b) biochar from wood chips carbonized in a pyrolysis system; and (c) activated carbon made from biochar activated using steam in a rotary calciner.
Highlight ID: 1294
New bio-based technology uses waste wood to produce high-value activated carbon

Forest Service scientists investigated making activated carbon products from renewable woody biomass material such as forest or mill residues for technology potential and environmental benefit with a ...
 
Publication Year: 2016
Near-woods integrated system for processing post-harvest residues into bioenergy products. Richard Bergman, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
Highlight ID: 652
Environmental Evaluation of Converting Post-harvest Forest Residues to Bioenergy Products

Forest residues are a low-value byproduct of timber harvest operations that are typically burned or left to rot. Using forest residues as a bioenergy source replacing fossil fuels may decrease fossil- ...
Preliminary state diagram of water in wood constructed from literature data on the glass transitions of wood polymers and calorimetric studies on water in wood Samuel Zelinka, U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service.
Highlight ID: 650
New Model for Understanding the Fiber Saturation Point of Wood

The fiber saturation point is a key measure of how much water can be held within wood before free water forms in empty spaces within wood structure. Forest Service researchers developed a new model to ...
 
Publication Year: 2015
Sequential vacuum treatment of southern pine with naturally occurring cellulose nanocrystals followed by biocide demonstrated penetration of wood before agglomeration occurred (left), but reversing the treatment sequence resulted in agglomeration on the surface of southern pine (right). USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 602
Cellulose Nanocrystals Chemically Entrap Biocide in Wood

Forest Service scientists evaluated naturally occurring cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) that are reported to have unique chemical properties and impart high strength were evaluated for the potential to i ...
 
Publication Year: 2014
Forest Service scientists Alan Rudie (left) and Richard Reiner stand with cellulose nanocrystals manufactured at the Forest Products Laboratory. Steve Schmieding, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 578
Cellulose Nano-enabled Products: Applications and Volume Estimates

Cellulose nanomaterials are the next big (albeit, small) thing in wood. They can be combined in numerous ways to change the way many products work. This research identified potential end product marke ...
The Tucker Renewable Natural Gas unit is a new bioenergy technology that uses wood such as forest biomass as its fuel source. Richard Bergman, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 577
Novel Technology Uses Waste Wood to Make Bioenergy while Sequestering Carbon

Wood companies need high-value uses for wood residues. A new technology developed by Forest Service researchers and their partners converts wood residues into high-value products such as biochar while ...
 
Publication Year: 2013
Life-cycle assessments help compares the environmental impacts of using wood decking versus non-traditional products. Tivoli Gough, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 441
Redwood Decking is a Good Choice for the Environment

Building products produce emissions throughout their lifespan, from harvest and manufacturing to use and final disposal. Using building products with low emissions, including greenhouse gases, will mi ...
The LeMay - America
Highlight ID: 432
Study Analyzes Construction Trends to Determine Wood's Potential

By analyzing construction trends from 2011, Forest Service researchers at the Forest Products Laboratory found that the opportunity exists for a nearly three-fold increase in the use of wood building ...
Forest Service researcher conducts an in-grade bending test on Southern pine. David Kretschmann, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 440
Traditional Grading System Updated for Structural Lumber

The Forest Products Laboratory has traditionally provided unbiased information on the properties, characteristics, design, and use of structural wood products to groups and agencies that develop or co ...
Installation of a cross-laminated timber panel for Promega building in Fitchburg, Wisconsin. Steve Schmieding, USDA Forest Service
Highlight ID: 439
Wood Construction Goes Beyond Its Traditional Roots

As interest in sustainable building options continues to grow. Wood construction is going beyond its traditional roots in housing and expanding into mid-rise, high-rise, and non-residential applicatio ...
 
Publication Year: 2012
Historical data on real prices of softwood sawtimber in the U.S. South and overlapping 2012 baseline projections of prices to 2060 (in 2006 dollars per cubic meter). Peter Ince, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 26
Economic Model Predicts U.S. Forest Product Markets and Timber Demand Trends

Model provides insights on how U.S. competition and trade in forest products could be affected by expanded global use of wood for energy in future decades ...
 
Publication Year: 2011
The process elements for the biomass gasification concept that are incorporated into the spreadsheet model. Edward M. (Ted) Bilek, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 303
Engineering and Economic Modeling of Biofuels Production

FPL researchers developed a flexible and customizable computer model that allows users to do a preliminary evaluation of the feasibility of incorporating a biomass gasification plant into an existing ...
Flooring made of old-growth Douglas-fir salvaged from deconstructed military barracks. Steve Schmieding, Forest Service
Highlight ID: 281
Evaluating the environmental impact of building material recovery and reuse

Within the green building and sustainable construction fields, there is a growing movement to recover and reuse building materials in lieu of demolition and landfill disposal. Reuse has several benefi ...
An excerpt from a Business to Consumer EPD for western redcedar decking. Jennifer O
Highlight ID: 285
Labeling Wood Products Based on Environmental Impacts - Helping consumers make sustainable choices

Environmental product declaration (EPD) is a summary of the environmental impacts associated with producing and using a product or service. An EPD is based on a life cycle assessment (LCA) and can be ...
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Highlight ID: 287
Nonresidential Building Construction in the United States,

The construction of low-rise nonresidential buildings is an important market for lumber, structural and nonstructural wood panels, and engineered wood products. Consumption in 2008 was substantially h ...
 
Publication Year: 2010

Highlight ID: 170
Centennial Edition, Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material

The Wood Handbook—Wood as an Engineering Material serves as a primary reference document for a wide variety of users-from the general public through architects and design engineers who use wood ...

Highlight ID: 156
Improving Accelerated Testing of Durable Wood Products

Durable wood products such as posts, poles and timbers are expected to resist decay and termite attack for several decades. Testing the durability of new types of wood products is challenging because ...

Team Members

NameJob TitlePhone

Alanya-Rosenbaum, Sevda
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ORISE Postdoctoral Fellow608-231-9380

Alderman, Delton
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Research Forest Products Technologist304-431-2734

Arvanitis, Matthew A.
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Research Mathematical Statistician608-231-9334

Bergman, Richard, PhD
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Supervisory Research Forest Products Technologist608-231-9477

Gu, Hongmei
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Research Forest Products Technologist608-231-9589

Lebow, Patricia K.
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Mathematical Statistician608-231-9331

Liang, Shaobo
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Post-doctoral research fellow608-231-9364

Nepal, Prakash
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Research Economist608-231-9380

Sahoo, Kamalakanta
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Assistant Scientist608-231-9272

Verrill, Steve P.
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Mathematical Statistician608-231-9375

Products (Publications & Patents)

Below are the 50 most recent products author or co-authored by researchers of this unit that have been posted, sorted by publication year and title. To access the complete repository of FPL products, click here.
Publication YearTitleDate Posted
2021Drying and control of moisture content and dimensional changes

03/25/21

2021Global forest products trade model

03/15/21

2021Life-cycle assessment and techno-economic analysis of biochar produced from forest residues using portable systems

03/10/21

2021Life-cycle assessment of treating slaughterhouse waste using anaerobic digestion systems

03/17/21

2021Status and trends for the U.S. forest products sector: a technical document supporting the Forest Service 2020 RPA Assessment

01/21/21

2021United States Housing Brief, August 2020

03/15/21

2021United States Housing Brief, December 2020

03/19/21

2021United States Housing Brief, November 2020

03/19/21

2021United States Housing Brief, October 2020

03/19/21

2021United States Housing Brief, September 2020

03/15/21

2021Wood as a renewable and sustainable resource

03/23/21

2020A life cycle assessment of hardwood lumber production in the northeast and north Central United States

07/21/20

2020Assessing life-cycle environmental impacts of CLT mass-timber buildings in the U.S

02/21/20

2020Assessing plant biomass properties for their handling and conversion performances using machine learning

04/09/20

2020Comparative life-cycle assessment of a high-rise mass timber building with an equivalent reinforced concrete alternative using the Athena Impact Estimator for buildings

07/10/20

2020Comparative life-cycle assessment of a mass timber building and concrete alternative

05/04/20

2020Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of redwood lumber in the United States

11/06/20

2020Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of wooden pallet production in the United States

01/25/21

2020Distributions of MOE and MOR in eight mill-run lumber populations (four mills at two times)

08/14/20

2020Dynamic life cycle carbon and energy analysis for cross-laminated timber in the Southeastern United States

03/12/21

2020Efficacy of alternative copper-based preservatives in protecting decking from biodegradation

08/13/20

2020Environmental evaluation of product utilization of wood from urban forests

05/19/20

2020Environmental life-cycle assessment and economic life-cycle cost analysis of CLT-built Adohi Residence Hall at University of Arkansas–Fayetteville

08/04/20

2020Estimated probability of breakage of lumber of a fixed “grade” can vary greatly from mill to mill and time to time

08/21/20

2020Life cycle assessment for the production of PNW engineered I-joist

07/29/20

2020Life cycle assessment for the production of PNW laminated veneer lumber

07/29/20

2020Life cycle assessment for the production of SE engineered I-joist

07/29/20

2020Life cycle assessment for the production of SE laminated veneer lumber

07/29/20

2020Life-cycle inventory of harwood forest resources in the eastern United States.

03/10/21

2020Mid-atlantic sustainable biomass for value-added products consortium (MASBio)

03/10/21

2020Novel method of compounding cellulose nanocrystal suspensions into poly(lactic acid) and poly(vinyl acetate) blends

04/10/20

2020Optimizing value-added small business opportunities for urban wood utilization

05/19/20

2020Projecting global and regional outlooks for planted forests under the shared socio-economic pathways

06/01/20

2020Regional and net economic impacts of high-rise mass timber construction in Oregon

08/14/20

2020Role of leaf litter in above-ground wood decay

07/10/20

2020Statistical process control and related methods for improvement of the treated-wood industries

06/03/20

2020United States housing brief, July 2020

01/08/21

2020Variation in mold susceptibility among hardwood species under laboratory conditions

01/25/21

2019Carbon stored by furnishing wood-based products: an Italian case study

09/04/19

2019Comparative life-cycle assessment of biochar activated carbon and synthesis gas electricity with commercially available alternatives

09/26/19

2019Conceptualizing ecological responses to dam removal: If you remove it, what's to come?

10/21/19

2019Distributions of modulus of elasticity and modulus of rupture in four mill run lumber populations

09/27/19

2019Economic analysis of forest residues supply chain options to produce enhanced-quality feedstocks

03/07/19

2019Environmental impacts of redwood lumber: a cradle-to-gate assessment

11/05/19

2019Forest Products Laboratory contributions to the use of Weibull distribution in wood engineering

09/26/19

2019From source to sink: Past changes and model projections of carbon sequestration in the global forest sector

08/12/19

2019Housing and construction, 2018-2019

11/23/20

2019Laboratory immersion method for accelerated prediction of preservative leaching from pressure-treated wood exposed to precipitation

05/03/19

2019Life cycle assessment of forest-based products: a review

09/11/19

2019Life-cycle cost analysis of a mass-timber building: methodology and hypothetical case study

11/05/19

2019Life-cycle impact and exergy based resource use assessment of torrefied and non-torrefied briquette use for heat and electricity generation

08/23/19

2019Procedures for estimation of Weibull parameters

03/07/19

2019Production of ethanol from livestock, agricultural, and forest residuals: an economic feasibility study

09/11/19

2019Projecting global and regional forest area under the Shared Socioeconomic Pathways using an updated Environmental Kuznets Curve model

05/28/19

2019Projecting global planted forest area developments and the associated impacts on global forest product markets

05/28/19

2019Role of tyloses in the natural durability of a white oak species

12/16/19

2019Simulations of nonparametric analyses of predictor sort (matched specimens) data

09/05/19

2019SPC handbook for the treated wood industries

09/26/19

2019Techno-economic analysis of producing solid biofuels and biochar from forest residues using portable systems

02/14/19

2019U.S. timber production, trade, consumption, and price statistics, 1965-2017

09/05/19

2019Visual and MSR grades of lumber are not 2-parameter Weibulls and why this may matter

09/06/19

2019Visual and MSR grades of lumber are not two-parameter Weibulls and why it matters (with a discussion of censored data fitting)

03/06/20

2018A comparative life-cycle assessment of briquetting logging residues and lumber manufacturing coproducts in western United States

04/03/18

2018A fit of a mixture of bivariate normals to lumber stiffness—strength data

09/21/18

2018A protocol for implementing statistical process control in the treated wood industry

05/24/19

2018Developing procedures and guidance for performing an environmental assessment of US wooden pallets

02/14/19

2018Distributions of MOE and MOR in a full lumber population

09/27/18

2018Internal moisture content and temperature of standardized aboveground wood durability test specimens

08/14/18

2018Life cycle assessment and environmental building declaration for the design building at the University of Massachusetts

06/06/18

2018Life cycle assessment of activated carbon from woody biomass

09/10/18

2018Northeastern United States species treated with copper-based preservatives: Durability in mississippi stake tests

09/27/18

2018Projected Market Competition for Wood Biomass between Traditional Products and Energy: A Simulated Interaction of US Regional, National, and Global Forest Product Markets

05/28/19

2018Techno-economic and environmental assessments of storing woodchips and pellets for bioenergy applications

05/24/19

2018The data behind wood flooring’s sustainability story

03/10/20

2018Using life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts of briquette production from forest residues

02/14/19

2018Using life-cycle assessment to evaluate environmental impacts of torrefied briquette production from forest residues

02/15/19

2018Waste to Wisdom: Utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products

09/26/18

2018Waste to wisdom: utilizing forest residues for the production of bioenergy and biobased products

10/04/18

2018Wood used in residential repair and remodeling in the United States, 2014

06/06/18

2018Workflow for publishing forestry LCI data through the LCA commons: a case study

11/28/18

2017A supply chain approach to biochar systems [Chapter 2]

06/08/17

2017Comparison of performance criteria for evaluating stake test data

02/13/18

2017Continued development and outreach for the Athena Impact Estimator for buildings

02/01/17

2017Conversion economics of forest biomaterials: risk and financial analysis of CNC manufacturing

10/06/17

2017CORRIM: forest products life-cycle analysis update overview

08/31/18

2017Cradle-to-gate life cycle assessment of composite I-joists produced in the southeast region of the United States

08/10/17

2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of composite I-joist production in the United States

07/12/18

2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of composite I-joists produced in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States

03/30/17

2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber (LVL) produced in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States

03/21/17

2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber produced in the southeast region of the United States

03/21/17

2017Cradle-to-gate life-cycle assessment of laminated veneer lumber production in the United States

07/12/18

2017Cradle-to-grave life cycle assessment of syngas electricity from woody biomass residues

09/12/17

2017Development of environmental product declarations

02/01/17

2017Economic analysis of a small-sized combined heat and power plant using forest biomass in the Republic of Korea

12/21/17

2017Effect of processing conditions on retention variability in treated lumber

06/15/17

2017Effect of sample moisture content on XRD-estimated cellulose crystallinity index and crystallite size

06/28/17

2017Evaluation of nonpressure wood preservatives for military applications

12/07/17

2017Impacts of the Allocation Assumption in Life-Cycle Assessments of Wood-Based Panels*

08/31/18

2017Life cycle analysis of biochar [Chapter 3]

06/08/17

2017Life cycle assessment of cellulosic ethanol and biomethane production from forest residues

10/06/17

Research Projects

Below are 20 research projects associated with this research unit.
Project NumberTitleProject Dates
FPL-4851-3BAnalyze and project the impact of potential changes in market structure, technology , and policy on U.S. timber markets and forest managemen

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-1AApply statistical method to enhance the quality of FPL's wood utilization research and economics research

07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012

FPL-4851-4Economic viability of new or improved forest products or processes

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

FPL-4851-CMBEvaluate forest sector role in sustainable management of natural systems (complementary mission)

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-7BEvaluate the environmental impacts including carbon mitigation benefits of wood-based product production and use in combination with benefit

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-MAEvaluate the forest sector role in sustainable management of natural systems

07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012

FPL-4851-6BEvaluation of the economic viability of new technologies for converting wood and fiber into new or improved paper and wood products

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-2BImprove statistical modeling of wood, fiber and composite properties, processing and performance

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-4BImprove understanding on the effect of production trends and technology changes in solidwood and end use industries on product and wood need

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-2AImproved statistical modeling of wood, fiber and composite properties, processing, and performance

07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012

FPL-4851-5AInformation is needed on timber, wood products, and paper products industries for forestry and forest industry strategic planning

07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012

FPL-4851-3Information on timber, wood products, and paper products industries for strategic planning

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

FPL-4851-1BIntegrate statistical methods and tools into FPL’s wood utilization and economics research enhancing its quality and increasing its impact

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-6AKnowledge is needed on the economic viability of new technologies for converting wood and fiber into new or improved paper and paper products

07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012

FPL-4851-1Market trends and technology change in the U.S. pulp and paper industry

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

FPL-4851-2Market trends and technology change in the U.S. solidwood and wood end use industry

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

FPL-4851-5BProvide market information for timber, wood products, and paper products industries for forestry and forest industry strategic planning

10-01-2012 - 09-30-2019

FPL-4851-MThe forest sector role in sustainable management of natural systems

08-15-2002 - 08-15-2007

FPL-4851-3AThere is a need to monitor and model market equilibria, production trends, and technology changes of the U.S. foreset product industry

07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012

FPL-4851-4AUnderstanding is needed on the effect of production and technology changes in solidwood and end-use industries on product and wood needs

07-23-2007 - 07-23-2012

Partnerships

fplPromoting Commercial Success Through Economic Analysis

Collaborative work between outside partners and FPL's Economics and Statistics Research group generally occurs through other research work units at the Forest Products Laboratory. For example, researchers in Engineered Composites Sciences and their commercial partner, Wyoming Sawmills, turned to FPL economists to help boost the success of a newly developed product.

FPL and Wyoming Sawmills worked together to develop value-added laminated lumber products that helped improve forest health by creating a valuable use for undesirable timbers and also proved to be successful building materials. Upon researching the market for such a product, Wyoming Sawmills realized the demand was potentially much larger than they could supply, and decided it would be advantageous to put together an economic model of the process. Such a model would assist other business in picking up on the technology as well, thereby expanding the market, increasing the success of the product, and ultimately promoting Wyoming Sawmills.

To assist with the commercialization of these products, FPL economists developed a tool for evaluating the financial feasibility of laminated lumber plants. This spreadsheet-based computer program, called LamLum, analyzes the economics of laminated lumber manufacturing facilities by helping organize information (such as wood supply, loan interest rates, financing, product prices, and materials and labor costs) and then determining how important each of these factors are in the profitability of the facility. The program is now available to anyone interested in a business venture of this nature and can provide critical information to help get them started.

Datasets

National Forest Timber Harvest 1965-2008
 
Economics, Statistics, and Life Cycle Analysis Research Covering Industrial wood productivity in the United States, 1900-1998 and U.S. timber production, trade, consumption, and price statistics 1965 to 2011

Lab Notes - FPL's online news feed

Below are the 10 most recent Lab Notes blog postings pertaining to this research unit.

TitleDate Posted
Labeling Wood Products for a Greener World

Seven updated Environmental product declarations (EPDs) for wood products were recently released by the American Wood Council (AWC).  Maintaining up-to-date industry-wide, cradle-to-gate EPDs is a joint venture among several organizations inclu...
07-30-2020
$10 Million Grant Awarded for Biomass Consortium

The National Institute for Food and Agriculture recently announced the recipients of $90 million in funding through the agency's Agriculture and Food Research Initiative's Sustainable Agriculture Systems program. The Forest Products Laboratory (...
06-29-2020
110 Years of FPL: Remembering the Statisticians

In celebration of 110 years of research at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), we are revisiting blog posts that detail some of our most interesting historic people, places, and projects. Enjoy! Statistics is commonly viewed as the collection, ...
06-02-2020
Redwood Trees—Building a Sustainable Future

Sunrise in the the Redwoods - By Stephen, Adobe Stock # 322472485 Sequoia sempervirens is an extraordinary tree. It has been the focus of a recent conservation, sustainability, and life-cycle assessment (LCA) study by Forest Products Laborator...
05-19-2020
Research in Progress – Combating Climate Change through Sustainable Wood Products

Copyright atelierjones. Used by permission. Like a raging forest fire, climate change has many fronts. And it won’t be fixed by a singular solution. Heroic systemic changes throughout all sectors are needed in order to reduce greenhouse gas (GH...
04-21-2020
Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities

The National Wooden Pallet and Container Association (NWPCA) has released “Wood Packaging Supports Healthy Forests and Strong Communities,” a video that puts a spotlight on the vital role wood packaging plays in our communities...
04-02-2018
Researchers Honored for Life Cycle Assessment Work

The American Center for Life Cycle Assessment (ACLCA) recently honored extraordinary leaders in life cycle assessment (LCA) at the LCA XVII Awards Dinner in Porthsmouth, New Hampshire. Among the winners was the Federal LCA Commons, of which Forest Pr...
10-31-2017
Environmental Building Declarations:

(The following is a news item from the Athena Institute)
05-15-2017
Wooden pallets used for shipping purposes in the United States (NWPCA 2016).Measuring Sustainability: How Do Wood Pallets Stack Up?

There are more than 1.8 billion pallets in service in the United States each day, and ninety-three percent of these pallets are made from wood. That staggering statistic begs the question of just how sustainable wooden pallets really are. Luckily, we...
03-06-2017
GraphicThe Updated Billion-Ton Resource Assessment:

A resource assessment published in 2005, commonly referred to as the Billion-Ton Study (BTS), estimated “potential” biomass within the contiguous United States based on numerous assumptions about current and future inventory, production capacity,...
03-17-2015