Inland Northwest Forest Products Research Consortium
Dramatic shifts have occurred in the type of raw material available to the forest industry with the region, the shift has been most dramatic. Not only has there been a decline in harvest levels over the last decade, but there has also been a shift to ecosystem management and restoration treatments. As a result, management prescriptions often call for the removal of a timber resource that is substantially different from the timber resource just a decade ago. For example, an attempt is being made to restore ecosystems once dominated by early seral species such as ponderosa pine. This has lead to increased emphasis on the removal of late-successional species such as Douglas fir and Grand fir and to reducing stocking levels often through removal of smaller-diameter trees. To address these issues, this proposal includes research to: 1) help make
regional sawmills more efficient, 2) evaluate 'green' labeled wood products markets, 3) evaluate harvesting methods for small-diameter trees, 4) reduce fire hazards in forest stands, 5) analyze the region's wood products industry, 6) screen trees for wood quality, 7) develop new adhesives for wood based composites, and 8) develop composite wood products for furniture.