Monthly Archives: December 2014

Forestry Extension & Research Specialist position here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Dear Colleagues:

It is my great pleasure to announce a new Forestry Extension & Research Specialist position here at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. This full-time (60% extension / 40% applied research) position will be stationed at Dixon Springs Agricultural Center in Pope County, Illinois.

Full Job Description/Announcement:

University of Illinois Job Board:

Position Number: A1400643

PDF Link:

Kindest regards,
Jay C. Hayek, Extension Forestry Specialist
Dept. of Natural Resources & Environmental Sciences University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Office: (217) 244-0534
Fax: (217) 244-3219


1. The Executive Board of SWST has made a decision to extend your 2014 dues for another 6 months!

This means that your 2015 dues are not due until July 1, 2015 and will continue through June 30, 2016. We wanted to incorporate our dues timing to our International Convention because another change we made is to include the cost of your dues in the registration of the Convention. If you attend the Convention in June 2015 the cost of the registration includes your 2015-2016 dues! If not, then your dues will be payable by July 1.

The dues have not changed this year.

Full members: $100
Retired members: $50
Student members: $35
Emerging Country Full Members: $20
Emerging Country Student Members: $10

2. The Registration for the 2015 SWST International Convention is open! You can register at

You can find all the details about the Convention at where you can also reserve your room accommodations.

Those of you who have submitted abstracts for the Convention will be notified by January 1 as to whether you have a poster or oral presentation. Thank you for all your support of the Convention.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of you! Thank you for all you do for your Society!

Victoria L. Herian
Executive Director
Society of Wood Science and Technology
P.O. Box 6155
Monona, WI 53716 USA
PH: 1-608-577-1342

Wisconsin tops the nation in wood furniture manufacturing employment

December 5, 2014
Daily News

MADISON, Wis. – Wisconsin’s high quality hardwoods, beautiful pines and skilled workforce helped the state secure the top ranking nationwide in wood furniture manufacturing employment.
While other states saw wood furniture industry employment decline, Wisconsin manufacturers increased employment slightly, to 4,144 in 2013, up from 4,040 in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics quarterly census of employment and wages.
The employment category covers non-upholstered wood furniture.
“We’re pleased to see Wisconsin forest product businesses succeed in the face of stiff competition from overseas,” said Governor Scott Walker. “Our sustainably managed forests produce quality raw materials even as our state’s educational and vocational training institutions help develop a forest products workforce capable of adding value at all levels of production. These latest figures are further evidence of Wisconsin’s competitive edge in terms of the environment and the economy.”
Paul DeLong, chief state forester with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said the recent numbers are another indication of the many ways in which Wisconsin’s timber industry strengthens communities from the ground up.
“In addition to furniture manufacturing, the larger forest products employment base includes traditional logging, trucking and mill operations as well as forest products research, energy, consulting and tourism industries,” DeLong said.
Overall, Wisconsin’s public and private lands generate forest products valued at nearly $22.9 billion each year and support more than 59,000 jobs based on numbers from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. and additional sources.
All of this is occurring while Wisconsin’s forests continue to add a net 185 million cubic feet of saw timber annually – or enough to frame about 139,000 homes.
“In many ways, our forests are our future supporting jobs, welcoming visitors and contributing to our quality of life now and for future generations,” DeLong said.