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Resource Center Update  

September 2016
WERC Map Viewer Now Available 

To quickly and easily learn about Wood Innovations grants throughout the country, the Forest Service developed a map feature. The feature allows you to easily identify projects funded in a state or region and then obtain basic details of the funded projects. These details include contract information, brief project overview, funding amounts, and results ---  if the project is completed. To try the map viewer, go to the WERC home page and scroll down towards the bottom of the page.

Screen shot of a map of the Northeastern United States.

Twenty-Two Statewide Wood Energy Teams Established Throughout the Nation
Wood energy efforts continue to expand throughout the country with the cooperative work of 22 statewide wood energy teams. Teams are partnerships among government agencies, industry, nonprofits, and communities working together to promote, educate, and encourage the use of wood for energy purposes in an economical and sustainable manner.  Learn more about the teams and view a map of state teams.
Urban Wood User's Resource Guide, First Edition
The Full Circle Urban Forest Network has recently completed the first addition of this resource guide. View the guide at this link. For additional information, contact Rich Christianson, Communications Director of the Illinois Wood Utilization Team at 773-822-6750.

National Bioenergy Day
October 19th

October 19, 2016, will be the fourth annual National Bioenergy Day. Led by the Biomass Power Association in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service, National Bioenergy Day facilitates interaction between bioenergy projects and their local communities, raising awareness of the economic and environmental benefits of bioenergy with a focus on creating local jobs and supporting a highly skilled workforce.

On this day, organizations all over the country --- businesses, non-profits, universities, and state and local governments ---  will showcase the many ways they benefit from bioenergy. Learn more about National Bioenergy Day and see current updates.

Two Wood Energy Webinars Available for Viewing

The Southeast Michigan RC&D Council, Wood Education and Resource Center, and Wilson Engineering Services held two wood energy-focused webinars as part of a cooperative project with the Southeast Michigan RC&D Council.

The first webinar series ( Cord Wood Boilers: Success Stories in Commercial Applications) was held June 1, 2016. This virtual workshop highlighted four successful wood energy conversion projects: Fort Faith Bible Camp, YMCA Storer Camp, Michigan Technological University's Ford Forestry Center, and Harvard Forest. Each presentation provides an overview of the facility; images of the installation; a description of the costs and savings associated with the project; and details about owner feedback, lessons learned, and operating issues. View the full webinar recording.

The second event in our two-part webinar series ( Is Woody Biomass Energy Right for You? Using Feasibility Studies and Life Cycle Analyses to Explore Options) was held July 27, 2016. This virtual workshop highlighted three wood energy feasibility studies at the Georgia State Prison Complex, Holderness School, and Menominee Tribal Enterprises. The event featured indepth presentations on the use of life-cycle cost analyses in the wood energy evaluations at all three sites. View the full webinar recording.

Workshops and Webcasts
Urban Wood Utilization Webcast
October 11, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern
This webcast will focus on state and regional updates on urban wood utilization. Use this link to attend. For the telephone conference portion, dial 888-844-9904 and use access code 7578516#.

The Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry: Wood Industry Week @ WERC
November 2 & 3, 2016
Wood Education and Resource Center
Princeton, WV
Conference themes include:
  • The Future of our Raw Material
  • Technologies of the Future
  • Markets ---  Now and in the Future.
For more information, contact Urs Buehlmann at
540-231-9759 or visit the Future of the Hardwood Lumber Industry web page.
Archived Workshops and Webcasts
Archive - Firewood Workshop
April 21, 2016
Western Maryland Research & Education Center
Keedysville, MD

This 1-day workshop was an educational and networking event to provide the firewood processing industry with the latest knowledge about processing, kiln drying, and marketing of firewood. For more information about workshop results, contact  Harry Watt  (North Carolina State University's Wood Products Extension) at 704-880-5034 or  Jonathan Kays  (University of Maryland Extension Program) at 301-432-2767. View the presentations.

Archive - Urban Wood Utilization Webcast
April 12, 2016
Presentation topics included updates on the Tree Care Industry Association's draft urban forest products standard; overview of mechanical harvesting of urban trees in Kenosha County, WI; updates from Michigan, Illinois, and Wisconsin; and an overview of Michigan State University's Sustainable Wood Recovery Initiative.  View the webcast .

Other Items of Interest 

Update on the Housing Market 
From Urs Buehlmann, Virginia Tech, Department of Sustainable Biomaterials. View all housing reports
USDA Announces Inclusion of Wood Products and Other Materials in BioPreferred Program
The U.S. Department of Agriculture has issued a final rule eliminating the restrictions on including mature market wood products and other materials in the BioPreferred program. Read the full article.
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.
Wood Education and Resource Center Staff
Lew McCreery, Acting Director, (304) 285-1538,
Ed Cesa, Deputy Director, (304) 285-1530,