New on eXtension — Efficient and Effective Use of Wood Products

Wood Products

The Wood Products community of practice provides research-based information on the design, production, management, marketing and environmental impact of wood products. It’s at http://www.extension.org/wood_products.

“Our goal is to educate practitioners and communities by disseminating key knowledge in the effective and efficient use of forest products,” said Henry Quesada, assistant professor at Virginia Tech. Through frequently asked questions and the Ask an Expert feature, the new web site connects wood products academicians with farmers, wood enthusiasts and small businesses that are interested in the use of wood as a truly sustainable material.”

Featured articles include:
• Basics of Cross Laminated Timber (CLT)
• Marketing for Wood Products Companies
• Carbon Impacts of Wood Products
• Integrating Lean Manufacturing Techniques and Energy Saving Practices Boost Productivity and Cuts Costs
• Design and Operation of a Solar-Heated Dry Kiln

The new content compliments other resources on eXtension including forest farming; climate, forest and woodlands; farm energy and wood energy. Efficient use of wood products has a positive impact in the management of the forest and woodlands. Many farmers own forests that can generate new value-added products as well as wood products residues or byproducts that can be used to generate clean and sustainable energy.

Experts from across the country contribute to the site and respond to current and future issues on the use of wood. The leaders and contributors for the wood products content include Adam Taylor from the University of Tennessee, Omar Espinoza from the University of Minnesota, Phillip Mitchell from North Carolina State University, and Brian Bond, Henry Quesada, Earl Kline, and Robert Smith from Virginia Tech.