Monthly Archives: June 2013

PhD studentship available Edinburgh Napier University

Edinburgh Napier University’s Forest Product Research Institute have a funded PhD studentship available looking at measuring and modelling timber properties of possible future production species in Great Britain. This is a three year position, based in the Edinburgh area, backed by the national forest service. It would be well suited to someone who would like to pursue a career in either forest or wood science.

This PhD is fully funded for European Union students, but applicants from outside the EU are welcomed if they can cover the additional fees.

Please contact for more information and see the vacancy on the University website:

Richard Vlosky elected President of WoodEMA

Richard Vlosky, Director and Crosby Land and Resources Endowed Professor of Forest Sector Business Development, Louisiana Forest Products Development Center, LSU AgCenter, was elected President of WoodEMA, the Association of Wood Processing and Furniture Manufacturing based at the University of Croatia in Zagreb.

The 2013 Annual SWST Meeting is History

This year we again cosponsored our Annual Meeting with Forest Products Society (FPS) as we have since 1958 when the organization began. We have done this every year until 2008 when we changed our meeting format to begin even-numbered years in an international venue and held it in Concepcion, Chile with the Universidad del Bio-Bio. Meetings in 2009, 2011, and 2013 were held with FPS. Our 2010 meeting was in Geneva, Switzerland at the United Nations with UNECE Timber Committee, and our 2012 was in Beijing, China with International Centre for Bamboo and Rattan. Continue reading

Proposed Formaldehyde Rules Up for Public Comment By Karen Koenig

WASHINGTON – Proposed formaldehyde rules by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency have been published in the Federal Register, paving the way for comments by the woodworking industry and other interested parties.

Formal comments to the EPA’s proposed emissions standards rule and third-party framework rule can be submitted to the EPA through Aug. 9, the end of the 60-day period. Products covered under the rules include those made with particleboard, MDF and hardwood plywood.

The EPA announced the proposed formaldehyde rules on May 29.

Identical to emission standards currently in place in California, the Formaldehyde Standards for Composite Wood Products Act, also known as Title VI of the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), applies to products sold, supplied, manufactured and imported in the United States. The proposal limits formaldehyde emissions from composite panels and finished goods and establishes provisions for laminated products, testing requirements, labeling, chain-of-custody documentation, record keeping and inventory sell-through provisions.

A separate listing in the Federal Register sets the framework for third-party certification of composite wood products covered in the formaldehyde standard.

About the Author: Karen M. Koenig has more than 25 years of experience in the woodworking industry, including visits to wood products manufacturing facilities throughout North America, Europe and Asia. As Editor-in-Chief of Wood & Wood Products, Karen’s primary responsibilities include spearheading the writing, editing and coordinating of the editorial content of the publication, along with the Red Book resource guide and the Red Book online source and supply directory ( She is also a frequent contributor to other Woodworking Network online and print media. She can be reached at .

Doctoral or Masters Student Recruitment-Louisiana State University

Doctoral or Masters Student Recruitment
School of Renewable Natural Resources
Forest Products Marketing & Business Development
Louisiana State University

For FALL 2013, The Louisiana Forest Products Development Center at Louisiana State University is soliciting graduate research applications for either a M.S. ($18,000/year for 2 years) or Ph.D.
($20,000/year for 4 years) degree candidate. Eligibility will be based on the evaluation of the grade point averages, performance on the Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and written), TOEFL (English proficiency exam), letters of reference, and other tangible evidence of eligibility.

The minimum qualifications for MS eligibility are an earned cumulative GPA of at least 3.00 with a 3.25 for the last 60‐64 hours of work towards their undergraduate degree based on 4.00.
For the Ph.D. program, the minimum requirements include a cumulative GPA of 3.4 during the pursuit of their MS. Scores on the GRE should be at least 1000 (V + Q) a writing score of 4 or greater. Performance on the GRE will be evaluated in combination with GPA, letters of reference, and other evidence of the applicant’s potential success in pursuing a graduate degree.

The Graduate School pays tuition. The recipient has a 20 hr/wk work commitment and is covered by workman’s compensation insurance. We can evaluate candidates contingent on acceptance by the
Graduate School. Applications are done on‐line. Information can be found at: the Louisiana State University Graduate School Home Page.

The Forest Products and Business Development Program offers a multi‐disciplinary approach that provides students an opportunity to develop practical skills and academic depth in a variety of areas of specialization such as promotion & branding, eBusiness, certification, wood‐based biofuelsbioprocessing, and forest‐based economic development/policy. The research area will depend on the
interests of the successful candidate. In addition to the on‐line application process, please email me a letter of intent and interest, unofficial transcripts, resume, GRE scores (when you have them) and TOEFL score (if applicable) to
Other contact information:

Dr. Richard Vlosky, Director, Louisiana Forest Products
Development Center: Phone: (225) 578‐4527; Fax (225) 578‐4251, Address: Room 227, School of
Renewable Natural Resources, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.

Economist Position GreenWood Resources, Inc

Overall Responsibilities
The primary responsibility of this position is to conduct applied economics research on a range of topics related to plantation investments in developed and emerging market countries to support GreenWood Resources’ investment marketing and management activities.

Essential Responsibilities
• Provide regular forest products market analysis based on independent and third-party research for a range of products including traditional wood products and biomass
• Construct and maintain a database on product prices, consumption, production and trade in all regions of interest to GWR
• Conduct independent economics research, analysis and modeling on topics related to GWR’s investment strategies, including land and product markets, portfolio design, silvicultural activities, etc.
• Work with graduate students and university faculty members on projects of interest to GWR, including grant-funded projects; coordinate intern program
• Participate in professional activities that support GWR’s mission
• Present to investors and at professional conferences
• Prepare GWR research publications including occasional notes and prospective quarterly newsletter
• Write occasional papers for peer-reviewed journals when circumstances warrant

• Works independently with minimal supervision but can work collaboratively with other forestry investment professionals including biometricians, quantitative silviculturalists and portfolio managers
• Utilizes resourceful thinking, responsible decision making and problem solving skills
• Performs multiple tasks in an environment of changing priorities
• Capable of dealing with economic issues arising outside the US and other development economies, including some international travel.

• PhD or equivalent education in economics, resource economics, forest economics or finance.
• At least five years of experience in forest or agricultural economics
• Excellent quantitative analytical skills, particularly micro-economic analysis, econometrics and finance
• Proven ability to apply analytical skills to forestry and financial economics.
• Excellent oral and written communication skills
• Strong presentations skills

This position description is not intended to be and should not be construed as an all-inclusive list of responsibilities, skills or working conditions associated with this position. While this description is intended to accurately reflect the position’s activities and requirements, GreenWood Resources, Inc. reserves the right to modify, add or remove duties as necessary.

Company Description
(GWR,, founded in 1998, is a global timberland investment management company specializing in the acquisition, development and management of high-yield, short-rotation, sustainable tree farms. GWR creates unique value for investors through the integrated deployment of improved plant material and intensive silvicultural management strategies. With more than 80 professionals with offices and field locations in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, GWR currently manages approximately $850 million of assets or commitments. GWR is a leader in the research and development of hybrid poplar both for traditional forest products and for biofuel feedstocks. The Company is committed to certifying its tree farms under the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standard. GWR is an indirect, majority-owned subsidiary of TIAA-CREF, a Fortune 500 company providing pensions and other financial services to university professors, medical professionals, performing artists and others in the non-profit sector.

To Apply
Please send your resume and cover letter to Mimi Henninger, Director of Human Resources and Administration, at

For questions about the position, please contact Clark Binkley, Chief Investment Officer at, or +1 971 533 7024.