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Publication year: 2010

November 10, 2010

'Green' Home Design Challenge Announced

MADISON, Wis.- Who can design a home with the lowest carbon footprint? That's the challenge being presented in the Florida Carbon Challenge, a design competition to take place throughout Florida in November and December, 2010. The competition is being presented by APA in cooperation with the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Southern Forest Products Association... view»

August 10, 2010

USDA Forest Service Remaining Fee Waiver Dates

WASHINGTON, August 10, 2010 - Continuing to get folks to visit the great outdoors, Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell is offering his agency's second fee waiver weekend... view»

May 14, 2010

US Forest Products Industry Emissions Detailed in Report

MADISON, Wis.- The first comprehensive evaluation of greenhouse gas impacts from the United States forest products industry has been released in an Environmental Science and Technology article titled "Greenhouse Gas and Carbon Profile of the U.S. Forest Products Industry Value Chain"... view»

Publication year: 2009

May 11, 2009

FPL Researcher Elected President of American Wood Protection Association

MADISON, Wis.- Bessie Woodward, a microbiologist at the Forest Products Laboratory in Madison, Wisconsin, has been elected President of the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA). Woodward is the first female President in the history of the century-old organization... view»

March 20, 2009

Biofuel Production from Woody Biomass Improved with New Pretreatment Process

MADISON, Wis.- A major barrier to the commercial development of biobased fuels and products from woody biomass has been addressed thanks to a joint research effort between the U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the University of Wisconsin-Madison (UW)... view»

March 12th, 2009

Workshop held to prevent spread of Emerald Ash Borer
MADISON, Wis.- Several state firewood producers and agencies met last week at Madison's Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) to learn more about what insects currently fall under state and Federal quarantine regulations, how to become a certified producer, treatment techniques, including heat treatment (HT) of firewood to eliminate pests, and the latest research... view»

February 5th, 2009


MADISON, Wis. - An international team led by scientists from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Joint Genome Institute (JGI) have translated the genetic code that explains... view»

Publication year: 2008

December 12, 2008

Wisconsin Research Lab Presents Recommendations to Major League Baseball

If you followed baseball last Summer, you know that almost all of the major television sports outlets peppered their nightly baseball coverage with images of broken bats flying towards fans, pitchers or ducking infielders. Broken bats have always been a part of the game, but over the past few years the frequency and intensity of the breaks seemed to be on the rise... view»

September 9, 2008

Released by Major League Baseball DISCLAIMER»
Major League Baseball Teams Up with FPL to Address Issues Associated with Broken Bats

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today the following update from the Safety and Health Advisory Committee. The Committee is charged with considering issues of player and fan safety, including those associated with broken bats...  full article »

July 8, 2008

Researchers Urge Use of Forest and Agriculture Materials to Create Sustainable, Environmentally Friendly Global Economy

Four research scientists from the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) have proposed an approach to meeting global energy needs and creating a sustainable, bio-based economy that would reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, reduce dependence on oil and other fossil fuels, and enhance the health of the world's forests...  full article »

March 25, 2008

Chemist Receives Fulbright Senior Research Award: Hammel to conduct research related to carbon cycling in Germany
Dr. Kenneth E. Hammel, research chemist at the US Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), has been named recipient of a Fulbright Senior Research Award by the German-American Fulbright Program...  full article »

Publication year: 2007

Nov. 19 , 2007

North American Softwood Sawmills in Decline: Report details current state and future outlook of softwood sawmill industry

The number of larger, permanent softwood lumber mills in the United States and Canada has shrunk from 1,311 in 1995 to 990 as of June 2007, according to economists at the US Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). In a report issued this week...  full article »

Aug. 13 , 2007

Forest Service Announces $1.2 Million in Forest Restoration Partnership Grants

The US Forest Service has awarded $1.2 million as a one-time grant opportunity for forest restoration working partnerships involving the use of woody biomass.  full article »

Aug. 7 , 2007

$36 Million Research Facility Coming to Forest Products Laboratory: Groundbreaking ceremony kicks off construction project

The U.S. Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) will soon begin construction on a new 90,000 square foot Multi-Use Laboratory (MUL).  full article »

Aug. 6 , 2007

Forest Service Announces Grants for Wood-to-Energy Jump Start Program

$800,000 for a one-time grant program has been awarded to State Foresters to support the development of projects that will help jump start statewide programs that implement wood-to-energy-technology.  full article »

July 26 , 2007

Local Biofuels Research Funded by DOE Grants: Projects focus on alternative fuels production

Scientists at the USDA Forest Products Laboratory received $738,000 in grants from the U.S. Department of Energy in support of biofuels production research. Two separate grants were awarded and each project will be funded over a period of three years.  full article »

May 10, 2007

Building Materials Go from Trash to Treasure

The steel and concrete skeletons of new buildings all around Madison might lead you to believe that construction is the talk of the town. But it's just the opposite "deconstruction" that will have the attention of an international audience next week at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  full article »

Mar. 13, 2007

FPL Researcher Honored by International Association

Theodore H. Wegner, Assistant Director for Wood, Fiber, and Composites Research at the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL), has been named Fellow by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI).  full article »

Mar. 6, 2007

Progress Made in Biomass-to-Biofuels Conversion Process: Genetic sequencing of yeast a step toward economical production of biofuels

A collaborative research project between the U.S. Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) and the Department of Energy Joint Genome Institute has advanced the quest for efficient conversion of plant biomass to fuels and chemicals.  full article »

Feb. 15, 2007

Proper deck installation a must for safety

Ah, the backyard deck. Home of neighborhood barbecues, family gatherings and relaxing afternoons with a good book. As spring approaches, many people dream of adding an outdoor living space to their homes.  full article »

Feb. 15, 2007

Springtime means deck maintenance for many homeowners

Although there is still snow on the ground in some places, it's not too early to start think about refinishing your deck.more »  full article »

Feb. 15, 2007

Not just your average lumber: Considering alternative materials for deck construction

For decades, deciding what material to build a deck out of was a fairly simple process, as choices were mainly limited to pressure treated lumber or naturally decay-resistant species such as cedar or redwood.  full article »

Jan. 18, 2007

Wisconsin's Flying Trees" takes off from Forest Products Laboratory
Exhibit's nationwide tour opens with reception

The nationwide tour of a traveling exhibit, "Wisconsin's Flying Trees: Wisconsin Plywood Industry's Contribution to WWII," will kick off with a reception at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) on Wednesday, January 31 from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m.  full article »

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