The Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them. One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) to honour the memory of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Nominations for the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015 are open until Friday 29 May 2015. The award ceremony will take place at the XIV World Forestry Congress. This will be the third ...

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The LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association honored three of its distinguee alumni at its recent annual meeting on April 25 at LSU.  This year’s inductees to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Hall of Fame are Drs. H. Michael Barnes, James P. Barnett, and the late Robert Chabreck. Dr. H. Michael “Mike” Barnes is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of wood preservation and durability.  He received a BS in Forestry from LSU in 1965 and a MS in Forest Products Technology from LSU in 1968 under the guidance of the late Dr. ...

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Howard Rosen, Mon-Lin Kuo, Barry Goodell, Chung-Yun Hse, and Kevin Cheung represented SWST at the 3rd World Wood Day (WWD) celebrations in Odunpazarı District of Eskisehir Turkey with the theme Wood and Humanity. (See picture, Kevin Chueng, not shown). Though World Wood Day is celebrated on March 21st each year, the official events began on March 6th with a 2½ -week international, collaborative timber “bridge” project and ended in Istanbul March 31 with a special 4-day program related to wooden architecture and timber construction in the Şişli District of Istanbul.  About 380 people from 93 countries participated in presenting this major event ...

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The LSU Agricultural Center announced today that they have received a $250,000 grant from the USDA Innovative Uses of Wood program.  The grant is entitled “Development of Bio-Based Spray Foam Insulation from Wood Residues” and will be led by Todd Shupe and Niels deHoop from the School of Renewable Natural Resources.  The main goal of the project is to determine the potential of low-value wood fiber as a raw material for the development of a green spray foam insulation.  “Consumers are demanding green products for their houses but insulation is one product that is currently not very green,” said Shupe.  ...

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Dear Member, As a member of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), I am writing to communicate changes that the Board of Directors is implementing with our journal; Wood and Fiber Science. First, SWST is currently in a strong position. Our financial investments are sound and growing. Our annual conventions are well received with record attendance and submissions for papers. Our accredited programs have expanded outside the Americas for the first time. And most importantly, our membership has been growing as we saw a 28% increase last year alone. With these successes firmly established, we are now turning ...

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William F. Lehmann, age 82. Born to Martin and Evelyn Lehmann in Bingen, WA October 20, 1932. Married Barbara K. Maresh 1958. He is survived by his wife Judith Hartman-Lehmann, three siblings, Helen Watkins, Norma Kerby, and Michael Lehmann. Three wonderful daughters, Jennifer Schilz, Cynthia LaPrelle (Dec.) and Amy Adkisson. Seven grandchildren: Russell Pihl, Nolan Schilz, Anders Schilz, Luke Schilz , Morgan LaPrelle, Ryan Adkisson, and Cynthia Adkisson. Remarried Judith A. Hartman 1990 and loved and lived happily until his death. Bill grew up on a farm in White Salmon, WA. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army 1951-1954. ...

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This year’s International Wood Composites Symposium offers an industry-driven symposium to address markets, policies, codes, new developments and innovations for the wood composites industry. Hear industry leaders identify key global trends, challenges, and opportunities. Network with people you want to meet in industry and research. Exchange ideas and discuss new developments in processes and products. Attend two days of presentations, a poster session, vendor displays, and a networking reception. We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle. Our best personal regards. For more information click here

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Each year, SWST will award one deserving individual, a Distinguished Educator Award (in teaching or in extension/outreach). The nominating department head should indicate whether the Educator Award nomination submitted is for teaching or for outreach. Purpose of the Award: The SWST Distinguished Educator Award encompasses disciplines of teaching as well as outreach and is intended to recognize individual faculty and instructors at a university for sustainable performance of excellence in teaching or to recognize faculty, staff or industry personnel for outstanding extension, engagement and economic development activities in wood or related field. Teaching Recognition: Above and beyond an individual exemplary class, the ...

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