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Title: Proceedings: linking healthy forests and communities through Alaska value-added forest products.

Author: Laufenberg, Theodore L.; Brady, Bridget K. eds.;

Date: 2000

Source: Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-500. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 341 p

Publication Series: General Technical Report (GTR)

Description: The Alaska forest products industry is experiencing significant changes in its structure due to economic, ecological, and social pressures. Papers presented at this workshop brought together technical specialists and exhibitors from forest products industry, associations, universities, and private, state, and federal land management agencies. Topics included: policy and management shifts necessary to link healthy forests, communities, and industries; silvicultural concerns for future forest potential; enhancing value in lumber, engineered timber products, processing of finished wood products, and special (craft and nontimber) forest products; and assessment of Alaska forest products industry’s competitive position within state, national, and in Pacific Rim markets.

As the first technology transfer event of the Wood Utilization Research and Development Center, the Alaska Value-Added Forest Products Workshop set the stage for developing a strong research and development program for the new center. The center’s mission includes working with community partners to identify and evaluate the opportunities for small businesses and examining how small businesses benefit the local economy. The Alaska Wood Utilization Research and Development Center opened in Sitka in January 1999. Congress directed its creation to identify and evaluate "value-added" activities that may provide a durable mix of employment, profits, and forest products industry in Alaska. The Center is a part of the USDA Forest Service Pacific Northwest Research Station.

Keywords: forest products, Alaska, wood, timber, logs, economics, forest management, silviculture, land use, engineered products, lumber, special forest products, nontimber forest products, markets, international, secondary processing, value added, forest health, Sitka spruce, yellow-cedar, western redcedar, hemlock, white spruce, red alder, small business, community development, research needs, industry capacity

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Laufenberg, Theodore L.; Brady, Bridget K., eds. 2000. Proceedings: linking healthy forests and communities through Alaska value-added forest products. Gen. Tech. Rep. PNW-GTR-500. Portland, OR: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Pacific Northwest Research Station. 341 p

 


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