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Wood Education and    Wood Education and Resource Center
Resource Center (WERC) Project Highlights  

August 2015Home
NEW Publication: Business Management Practices for Small to Medium Sized Forest Products Firms
Cover of the publication Business Management Practices for Small to Medium Sized Forest Products Firms.
Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, Virginia Tech,
Blacksburg, VA
WERC Award Number 2010-DG-148
This project resulted in an informative publication for owners and managers of small- and medium-sized forest products businesses as well as entrepreneurs. Chapters include: 
  1. The U.S. Forest Products Industry
  2. What is Business Management?
  3. Strategic Planning
  4. Human Resource Management
  5. Marketing Management
  6. Operations Management
  7. Financial Management
  8. Writing a Business Plan
View this publication . For a hard copy, contact Ed Cesa or Bob Smith .
WERC's Woody Biomass Technical Assistance Team
Representatives from WERC's Woody Biomass Technical Assistance Team and the West Penn Power Sustainable Energy Fund met with officials from St. Vincent College in Latrobe, PA, to discuss converting the college's heating plant to wood energy. The college has installed other renewable energy options and hopes a wood energy system could replace an aging coal-fired boiler system.
Woody Biomass Utilization Grants were awarded to two WERC wood-energy project cooperators. Menominee Tribal Enterprises in Neopit, WI, was awarded a $250,000 grant to develop a final design for efficiency improvements to an existing wood-fired boiler plant and to add electricity generation capacity. Grand Marais, MN, was also awarded a $250,000 grant to complete the design of a wood-fired district energy system that would serve many of the community's largest energy users. For additional information , contact Lew McCreery
at 304-285-1538.


Quarterly Urban Wood Utilization Webcast
Tuesday, October 13, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Eastern
Connect using the telephone information below:
Toll-free: (888) 844-9904
Participant code: 7578516
Other Items of Interest 

Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions in the Federal Government and Across the Supply Chain

From Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. View all housing reports

Update on Wood Markets July 27, 2015
From Don Deckard , Minnesota DNR Division of Forestry
Wind Wood Utilization
Wind Wood Utilization is the hub for information specifically related to the preparation for, response to, and recovery from major wind events and the utilization of downed and damaged timber and woody debris that can be generated.

The use of trade, firm, or corporation names in this Update is for the information and convenience of the reader. Such use does not constitute official endorsement or approval by the U.S. Department of Agriculture of any product or service to the exclusion of others that may be suitable.
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Wood Education and Resource Center Staff

Steve Milauskas, Director, (304) 487-1510,

Ed Cesa, Deputy Director, (304) 285-1530,

Lew McCreery, Biomass Coordinator, (304) 285-1538,