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Wood Education and Resource Center

WERC Partner Project Web Sites

Many of our partners working on grants and agreements have developed products and information that are available on-line. This information has been developed for employers and employees of wood products manufacturing businesses and service providers.

Appalachian Hardwood Products Export Trade Website
West Virginia University Division of Forestry
Web-based hardwood products trade training resource kit. The website is dedicated to improving knowledge of the Chinese market for U.S. central Appalachian hardwoods producers, and developing better links between the U.S. producers and Chinese customers.

Ash Utilization Options in Southeast Michigan
Southeast Michigan Resource, Conservation and Development Council
Information on utilization options for ash tree removals caused by infestations from the emerald ash borer.

Biomass Thermal Energy Council Webinar Series
Biomass Thermal Energy Council
As part of its educational outreach, BTEC conducts a series of webinars, expert interview and fact sheets on key issues in biomass thermal.

Catskills WoodNet
New York City Watershed Agricultural Council
Catskill WoodNet is a regional network of businesses that harvest and manufacture wood products from New York's Catskill Mountain Region. Through improved land stewardship in the New York City Watershed, our goal is to encourage a working landscape that connects people with local forest resources.

Carbon Storage Factors for Urban Hardwood Forest Products
Dovetail Partners
Study provides insight regarding the amount of carbon stored in urban wood products.

Decision Making Tools (Software) for the Sawmill Industry
Software programs available through the US Forest Service, Northern Research Station
Cost of Sawing Timber (COST): 
Sawmill Analysis Software (SOLVE):

Developing a New Delivery Method for NHLA Lumber Inspector Training
National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA)
The purpose of the project was to investigate an alternative delivery model for lumber grader/inspector training. On-line training prototype is available for access and viewing here, using "Guest" as the Username and "Guest" as the password.
USDA Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center: Final Report 2010

Development of an Expert System to Assess the Opportunities to Use Wood Residue as a Commercial and Industrial Fuel Source in the Appalachian Region
West Virginia University, Appalachian Hardwood Center
The goal of this project was to develop a fully integrated life cycle study for the development of a biomass based energy system for a manufacturing firm in West Virginia.  Components of the life cycle study were integrated into an expert system that is available to other businesses and institutions considering the use of biomass for energy.  The Wood Energy Expert System is available on-line here.

Development of Saw Engineering and Trouble Shooting (SETS) Software
Mississippi State University, Wood Products Extension
This project resulted in the software titled Saw Engineering and Trouble Shooting (SETS), which allows users to purchase, optimize, or trouble shoot their circular or band saws. The users' manual describes basic sawmill mechanics, provides a tutorial, and prompts for information that sawmill staff will be able to input.

DRYFEAS - Lumber Kiln Drying Operation Financial Feasibility User's Manual
University of Wisconsin-Madison, Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology
The Lumber Kiln Drying Operation Financial Feasibility ("DRYFEAS") personal computer spreadsheet program provides preliminary financial feasibility analysis in the developmental planning of new dry kiln operations and for preliminary financial analyses related to the operation or acquisition of existing sawmill operations.

Forest Enterprise Resource Project
Northeast Forests, LLC
Several publications were developed on tree and biomass volumes, hardwood and roundwood scaling and valuation, and forest products. Two software programs were created for forest products and measurements conversion and biomass estimation.

A Marketing Guide for Small and Medium Sized Primary Forest Products Processors
VA Tech, Department of Wood Science and Forest Products
Written with the primary forest products processor in mind, this guide is intended to help further both small ideas and expansive visions. It explains marketing and its concepts, strategies and marketing methods used by small companies, market research methods, ways to locate customers, exporting and international markets, and the Internet and its role. Appendices will guide you towards further assistance. Throughout these pages you will find case studies and examples of companies putting marketing strategies into practice. In addition, at the end of each chapter are questions intended to guide your thoughts and ideas. Each question, once considered and answered, will eventually facilitate your process of forming a marketing plan.

Hardwood Leaders Forum
Hardwood Publishing Company, Inc.
The Hardwood Leaders Forum consisted of two forums held in Charlotte, NC, each with its own goals and objectives for strengthening the U.S. hardwood industry. On August 10-11, 2010, 77 hardwood industry leaders met to identify the most pressing barriers and challenges to achieving that vision. On December 7, 2010, 98 industry leaders, academicians, State and Federal agency representatives, researchers, and trade association executives met to review existing programs that address the industry’s highest-priority challenges, and to begin to look for opportunities to better address these challenges through strengthened and/or new programs.

Hardwood Lumber Edging, Trimming, and Grading Toolkit
West Virginia University Division of Forestry
Web-based resource kit including training resources, lumber edging, trimming and visualization software, assessment reports and related resources was developed for the hardwood lumber producing industry.

Hardwood Value Improvement Project
North Carolina Association of Professional Loggers, Inc.
The Hardwood Value Improvement Project (HVIP) is a training program that integrates field, classroom and computer simulation techniques to teach better bucking decision making. The goal of HVIP is to increase the value and quality of hardwood logs in the eastern hardwood region by improving the log bucking skills of loggers and yard workers.

Hispanic Worker Integration Site
Indiana Hardwood Lumber Association
Website provides technical information for employers and Hispanic workers. While focusing on integrating Hispanics into the wood products industry, the products included on this website can help improve communications and information exchange for all workers. Most were developed for use by managers and supervisors in the wood product industry.

Illinois Emerald Ash Borer Wood Utilization Team: Turning Urban and Community Trees into Products
Illinois Conservation Foundation
Team’s effort is to encourage the harvesting and use of wood from urban and community trees felled in Illinois.

Improving the Websites of Small Wood Products Businesses
National Network of Forest Practitioners
Web assistance team was developed to provide assistance and guidance to small wood product manufacturers that focus on optimizing websites from a customer perspective.

Incentivizing Bio-energy While Protecting Established Biomass-based Industries
Dovetail Partners
This project cataloged the incentives that could impact the domestic wood products industry (both positively and negatively) and strove to identify win-win scenarios for bio-energy investments and the strengthening of complementary bio-based industries.

Indiana Forest Products Community
Purdue University, Department of Forestry and Natural Resources
The mission of Indiana Forest Products Community is to bring the entire forest products industry in Indiana into an electronic community, which will assist businesses to be more efficient.

Integrating the Least-Cost-Grade-Mix Solver into ROMI Software
VA Tech, Department of Wood Science and Forest Products & Northern Research Station
The VA Tech Department of Wood Science and Forest Products, U.S. Forest Service Northern Research Station, and the WERC developed a partnership to upgrade and improve the ROMI software program. This rough mill simulator is a powerful tool to simulate rough mill operations. Using ROMI 3.1 allows businesses to test various scenarios to improve rough mill performance, reduce costs, and find the lowest cost lumber grade-mix purchases. Copies of ROMI 3.1 can be obtained by contacting Ed Thomas at 304-431-2324.

Lean Manufacturing Assistance for the Wood Products Industry
University of Minnesota-Duluth, Natural Resources Research Institute
Lean manufacturing information available to the forest products industry.

Lean Manufacturing for Small & Medium Sized Wood Products Companies
Sustainable Forest Futures
This workshop – geared to small- and medium-sized wood products companies in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, and northern New York – was held in multiple sites throughout the four state region in October and November 2010, and  featured national experts on Lean Manufacturing for the wood products industry.

Managing Your Woodlot
West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center
Most forest landowners do not recognize the value of their woodlot simply because they lack the knowledge of how to measure and evaluate their timber resource. This website introduces you to basic forestry concepts and provides linkages to other forestry information sites such as tree species identification and sources of forest management assistance. A recently created worksheet called the “Stumpage/Log Value” calculator (an Excel spreadsheet) is meant to assist you in calculating the volume and value of your woodlot based on a simple tree inventory. This calculator will also provide POSSIBLE rates of return as your forest ages.

Michigan Wood Energy:  A Smart Fuel Choice
Southeast Michigan Resource, Conservation and Development Council
According to a report from Michigan Technological University, forestry residues and urban wood waste in Michigan have the potential to supply nearly 6 million dry tons per year of fuel for the state. This represents a huge opportunity for communities to address the state’s growing energy needs while also creating a thriving renewable fuels industry. Website includes a wood energy calculator, a tool for generating site-specific initial feasibility assessments.

National Standards of Tool Skills and Evaluations including Credentialing Process
Woodwork Career Alliance
Woodwork Career Alliance brings development and publication of industry-approved Standards of Tool Skills and Evaluations, aimed at meeting the needs of wood manufacturing employers and employees.

Promoting the Use of Nondestructive Testing Technologies for Increased Productivity and Public Safety Regarding Urban Tree Removal Decisions
Allison Tree Care, Inc.
This project developed a DVD that captures advance nondestructive testing technologies of detecting internal decay and defects in standing hardwood trees for use by the forest industry and urban community with the goal of helping industry to increase efficiency, productivity, profitability and safety.

Planning and Analysis for Timber Harvesters (PATH)
Northeast Forests, LLC
A software utility was developed for use by timber harvesters for planning potential  business modifications and/or expansions. Topics include expansion, contraction, and family succession. Training materials and instructions accompany the software.

Reinventing Hardwood Markets: A Local Wood Products Market Development Project
North Carolina State University, Cooperative Extension
This market development project supports efforts in three US cities for growing the sales of manufacturers of value-added wood products. These products include furniture, cabinets and millwork that are typically used in US homes and buildings in the categories of institutions (schools and libraries), commercial buildings, medical offices and adult living facilities.

Remaining Competitive in the Wood Components Industry
VA Tech, Department of Wood Science and Forest Products
Workshops at the WERC for hardwood component mill owners, managers, and employees that will assist them in making decisions to improve their competitiveness through the adoption of better production methods, appropriate technologies, and financial analysis tools.

Residential Wood Heat Information
Alliance for Green Heat
Website includes information about wood heat opportunities and incentives at the state level including policy suggestions.

Simple Sawmill Trainer
University of Missouri-Columbia, College of Engineering  (Award number 2007-DG-225)
This is a Nondestructive Sawing Trainer for primary hardwood processing that will enable a sawyer to examine different log orientations and sawing patterns on the same log or on different logs in a nondestructive way, with immediate feedback on lumber value recovery (grade of each lumber piece, price, and volume in board feet of each lumber grade). The lumber grading is based on the National Hardwood Lumber Association (NHLA) grading rules.

Under Utilized Eastern Hardwood Species Market Development Project
North Carolina State University, Cooperative Extension
This market development project strives to create end users who will purchase lumber from these minor eastern US hardwoods. All 35 states east of the Great Plains have minor species where upper grade lumber is currently being used for lower grade uses. This loss in value negatively affects landowners making it more difficult to apply proper forest management practices. Loggers and lumber processors also are negatively affected by receiving low product prices for upper grade minor species lumber. Finally, the whole economy is negatively affected when forest products resources are downgraded into lower value materials.

Using Industrial Clusters to Build an Urban Wood Utilization Program: A Twin Cities Case Study
Dovetail Partners
This project examined and described how the model of industrial clustering is being applied to urban wood utilization. Minneapolis-St. Paul was used as a case study.

Value-Added Wood Products Marketing Guide for Manufacturers and Entrepreneurs
Adirondack North Country Association
This project produced a valued-added wood products marketing guide. It is a source of marketing methods and strategies for manufacturers and entrepreneurs. The 100-page publication is divided into two main parts. The first part covers general marketing concepts and promotional techniques, as well as the more specialized topics of online marketing and sales, regional branding of wood products, forest product certification, and exporting.  The second part is comprised of seven appendices that list information and resources of interest to wood products companies. Contact information is included for federal and state agencies, wood products trade associations, wood products manufacturing directories, and for numerous not-for-profit organizations that can provide support to wood products companies. The appendices also include a list of marketing and regional branding websites that represent best practices in terms of using the Internet to promote wood products.

Wood Packaging Material Sanitation Information Website
West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center
The purpose of this website is to provide a comprehensive source of information on ISPM 15, Guidelines for Regulating Wood Packaging Material (WPM) in International Trade, which was adopted by the International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) in 2002. The IPPC currently has more than 200 member countries. An important purpose of the IPPC is to foster international cooperation in controlling pests of plants and plant products and in preventing their spread internationally.

 
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