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NC Wood-website for Supporting and Promotion of North Carolina’s Wood Products Industry

The mission of Wood Products Extension within the Department of Forest Biomaterials is to increase the competitiveness and profitability of North Carolina’s wood products industry, improve markets, and increase consumer understanding of wood products and their proper use.

Current grant projects:

Seven WERC Workshops Grant-this grand will be hosting three National Firewood workshop that have included one in NH and one online that highlighted TN.  The last National Firewood Workshop will take place in WI in 2022.  Workshops completed to date include the National Upholstery Frame Workshop 2019 at Conover, NC, the National Firewood Workshop 2019 in Epsom, NH, the Live Edge Slab Workshop in Statesville, NC in 2020, and the online National Firewood Workshop 2020 with Tennessee DoF.  Others are scheduled as noted below.

This grant involves NCSU Wood Products Extension with the help of industry partners to develop a system of production for creating CLT panels that are typically 4-1/8″ thick x 48″ wide x 96″ long that are assembled on site for residential housing.  Take this link for additional information.

The US Forest Service has awarded NCSU Wood Products Extension a grant to work with the NC primary and secondary in North Carolina from now into 2022. Working with NCSU WPE is the NCFS and West65thInc on this project that has its goal to grow sales, profitability and employment.  Regional meetings in each of the NCFS 13 districts will take place in 2020 and 2021 to gather professionals in the industry to discuss marketing problems and the seeking of solutions.  Note schedule of regional meetings in 2022 below.

A series of six workshops in Region 9 of the US Forest Service System focused on supporting small sawmill and dry kiln businesses.  Two workshops will focus on operating a profitable small sawmill business, two on operating a small dry kiln lumber business and two will focus on operating a profitable live edge slab business. Two workshops will take place in the western zone of Region 9 in 2021include one in IA for small sawmill businesses and one in MI for dry kiln businesses.  In 2022 we plan to host a total of four small sawmill and dry kiln workshops in WI, WV, NY and NH.

This grant hosts a regional firewood business workshop on November 4, 2021 for North Carolina and one in Virginia in 2022.  The 2021 workshop will take place at the Jordan Lake Forest Educational Center near Chapel Hill, NC.  Here is the registration link.

Upcoming Events-2021 to 2022

1-Statewide Forest and Wood Products Regional NC Meetings-August to November-dates yet to be scheduled-stay tuned!  Note below the NC Forest Service District # and the counties in each district.  Everyone is welcome to attend any of the marketing meetings:

October 7th-Region NCFS District 10-Davidson, Randolph, Surry, Davie, Rockingham, Yadkin, Forsyth, Rowan, Guilford, Stokes-location is the Forsyth Co CES Office, 1450 Fairchild Rd., Winston-Salem
October 12th-Region NCFS District 7-Bertie, Gates, Perquimans, Camden, Hertford, Chowan, Martin, Currituck, Pasquotank-location is the Chowan CES Office, 730 N. Granville St., Suite A, Edenton
November 9th-Region NCFS District 8-Bladen, New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Columbus, Duplin-location is the Jones Lake State Park, 417 NC 242 N., Elizabethtown
November 16th-Region NCFS District 12-Cabarrus, Iredell, Union, Catawba, Lincoln, Cleveland, Mecklenburg, Gaston, Rutherford-location is the Lincoln Co CES Office, 115 W. Main St., Lincolnton
November 19th-Region NCFS District 1-Buncombe, Mitchell, Henderson, Polk, Madison, Transylvania, McDowell, Yancey-location is the NCSU Mountain Horticultural Center, 455 Research Dr., Mills River

2-Seven USFS Workshops-We have completed the 2018 Upholstery Furniture Frame Workshop in Conover, NC, the 2019 National Firewood Workshop in Epsom, NH, the Live Edgs Slab Workshop in Statesville, NC in 2020 and the 2021 National Firewood Workshop Online Zoom format, with cooperation from the state of Tennessee.  In Fall 2021 we have two workshops in this series:

A-National Upholstery Furniture Frame Workshop-Thursday, November 11, 2021, Conover Station Building, Conover, NC, 9 am to 4 pm, no fee to attend, Handout Nat Uphol Frame Workshop 2021. Registration link is Here.

B-Southeast USA Hardwood Lumber Export Conference, Wednesday, October 20, 2021, Iredell County Ag Center, Statesville, NC, 9 am to 4 pm, $35 registration fee.  Registration link.

Coming workshops in this grant with some dates to schedule:
1-Southeast US Hardwood Lumber Export Conference, Statesville, NC, October 20th, 2021, Iredell County Ag Center
2-National Firewood Workshop 2022 in Wisconsin, location near Madison
3-Small Firewood and Sawmill Business Workshop 2022, at the Wood Education and Resource Center, Princeton, WV

3-Northern USFS Region 9 Six Small Sawmill Workshops-2021 to 2022

These workshop are spread out across the northern US from Iowa to New England.  There are three focused themes in these workshops-Small Sawmill Businesses, Small Dry Kiln Businesses and Live Edge Slab Businesses.

The current schedule for these workshops include:

1-Small Sawmill Business Workshop Iowa, Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021, Solon, IA (near Cedar Rapids), $45 per attendee, a one day workshop on the business of operating a profitable small sawmill business.  Co-sponsored by the Iowa DNR.  Brochure WERC Small Sawmill Workshop Iowa Sept 2021 Registration link.

2-Small Dry Kiln Business Workshop Michigan, Tuesday, October 26, 2021, East Lansing, MI at Michigan State Univ.  $45 per attendee, a one day workshop on the business of operating a profitable small dry kiln operation.  Co-sponsored by MI DNR and MSU.  Registration on Eventbrite coming soon.

3-Small Sawmill Business Workshop New Hampshire, April 1, 2022, Durham, NH at the Univ. of NH, Co-sponsored by NH DNR.  Registration on Eventbrite coming in January 2022.

4-Small Live Edge Slab Business Workshop-date yet to schedule, location in Upstate New York in 2022.

5-Small Dry Kiln Business Workshop-WVU location, yet to schedule in 2022.

6-Small Live Edge Slab Business Workshop-date yet to schedule, location near Milwaukee, WI in 2022.

Resources-a list of pdf informational downloads

1-The Importance of a Small Sawmill to Its Community-link

2-Small Sawmill Business Management-link