We assist wood products manufacturers and consumers in gaining the greatest benefit from responsible use of wood by developing new knowledge to reduce raw material costs, improve processing technologies and encourage innovation in product development, thus integrating industrial competitiveness with natural resource conservation through science and engineering.
The wood products extension group is associated with the Wood Research Laboratory at Purdue FNR. The Wood Research Laboratory addresses timely research and technology transfer topics in the areas of product and process engineering of wood based products/sustainable biomaterials; their use, reuse and care.To learn more view https://www.purdue.edu/woodresearch/.
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The Wood Research Lab assists wood products manufacturers and consumers in gaining the greatest benefit from responsible use of wood by developing new knowledge to reduce raw material costs, improve processing technologies, and encourage innovation in product development, thus integrating industrial competitiveness with natural resource conservation through science and engineering. View current list of Wood Products Extension Programs.
The Wood Research Lab web site has interesting Indiana Wood Industry Facts including how many firms and average annual wage.
The Indiana Forest Products Community is a collaborative effort between key institutions in industry, associations, IN government, and academia serving as web portal with comprehensive information about the forest products industry in Indiana. It facilitates communication between member companies and associations and contains knowledgebase of various aspects of wood and wood products (e.g. types of trees, types of wood products, manufacturing techniques, etc.) It also facilitates buying and selling of wood products between the members.
The Indiana Forest Products Price Report and Trend Analysis (pdf, 629 KB) is provided by the Indiana Department of Natural Resources (IDNR), Division of Forestry. This report lists prices paid for delivered logs, not trees. The forest products price report will give you an idea of the wide variation in prices by species and log quality. For timber marketing experts a list of Professional Foresters is available here, or you can contact your IDNR District Forester.
The central Midwest is one of the most productive biological regions in the world. It’s a place where the eastern forest intermixes with the western prairies. The terrain is gentle, the soils are rich and highly productive, and moisture is normally abundant. This combination of factors makes the region noteworthy for its agricultural productivity. The same combination of factors also produces timberlands with the finest and highest quality temperate hardwoods in the world.
These timberlands are often smaller parcels associated with streams or other irregular terrain that host a beautiful matrix of agriculture cropland and woodlands. Most of the woodlands are privately owned and managed for the production of hardwood sawlogs and veneer logs. The pulp and paper industry that tends to harvest younger trees is not an important factor in the region, or when present, often compliments the lumber mills by utilizing chips produced from residues.