Monthly Archives: April 2015

Nominations open for the 2015 Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award

The Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award recognizes extraordinary efforts by an individual to improve and sustain forests and the people who depend on them.

One of the most prestigious forest accolades, the award was established by the Collaborative Partnership on Forests (CPF) to honour the memory of Kenyan environmentalist Wangari Maathai, a champion of forest issues worldwide and the first African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

Nominations for the Wangari Maathai Forest Champions Award 2015 are open until Friday 29 May 2015. The award ceremony will take place at the XIV World Forestry Congress.

This will be the third time the CPF has presented the award since its launch in 2012. Past winners are Nepali activist Narayan Kaji Shrestha (2012) and Mexican environmental campaigner Martha Isabel ‘Pati’ Ruiz Corzo (2014).

More information and nomination guidelines

LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Honors Mike Barnes


The LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association honored three of its distinguee alumni at its recent annual meeting on April 25 at LSU.  This year’s inductees to the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association Hall of Fame are Drs. H. Michael Barnes, James P. Barnett, and the late Robert Chabreck.


Dr. H. Michael “Mike” Barnes is internationally recognized as a leading expert in the field of wood preservation and durability.  He received a BS in Forestry from LSU in 1965 and a MS in Forest Products Technology from LSU in 1968 under the guidance of the late Dr. Elvin Choong.  He was awarded in PhD in Wood Products Engineering in 1973 from State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry.  He has been on the faculty at Mississippi State University since 1971 and was awarded the title of W. S. Thompson Distinguished Professorship in Wood Science & Technology in 2007.  He has served as President of both of the two largest forest products organizations in North America – Forest Products Society (FPS) and Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) and currently serves as editor of Wood & Fiber Science for SWST.  Mike has been elected as a Fellow in SWST, International Academy of Wood Science, and Institute of Wood Science.  He has received the highest award from the following societies: Distinguished Service Award, Society of Wood Science & Technology, 2010; Gottschalk Award, Forest Products Society, 2002; Award of Merit, American Wood Protection Association, 2004; and Award of Merit, Railway Tie Association, 2006.  Moreover, he received Distinguished Service Award from FPS in 2008; and Alumnus of the Year from the LSU School of Renewable Natural Resources in 2004.  In 2005 he received the Mississippi State University Office of Research’s highest award, the Ralph E. Powe Research Excellence Award.  Mike is well recognized internationally for his research in wood deterioration & preservation.  He has published over 200 articles, given over 330 presentations in 15 countries, and garnered extramural funding over $10 million.  He has also authored three patents.  Mike has a passion for service and for youth and that is evidenced by his many awards in this area including the Boy Scouts of America: Silver Beaver, District Award of Merit, Scoutmaster Award of Merit, Key to the city of Starkville for outstanding service to youth, and Exchange Club Book of Golden Deeds award.

Pictures –

  • jpg — left to right, Dr. Todd Shupe, Executive Secretary of the LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association and Dr. H. Michael Barnes.


Photos provided by LSU LSU Forestry, Wildlife, and Fisheries Alumni Association. 

Development of Bio-Based Spray Foam Insulation from Wood Residues

The LSU Agricultural Center announced today that they have received a $250,000 grant from the USDA Innovative Uses of Wood program.  The grant is entitled “Development of Bio-Based Spray Foam Insulation from Wood Residues” and will be led by Todd Shupe and Niels deHoop from the School of Renewable Natural Resources.  The main goal of the project is to determine the potential of low-value wood fiber as a raw material for the development of a green spray foam insulation.  “Consumers are demanding green products for their houses but insulation is one product that is currently not very green,” said Shupe.  This project will allow the team to determine the potential of small diameter timber and low value fiber as a feedstock for spray foam insulation.  This material currently has little to no value but poses a significant risk for wildfires.    In addition to substantial energy cost savings, wood-based spray-foam has much better biodegradability compared to petroleum-based foam insulation, which will benefit the environment when this material is landfilled.  Current spray foams contain 0-30% biomass, typically an agricultural by-product (i.e., bagasse from sugarcane).   There is an economic and environmental opportunity to increase the percentage of biomass to 50% and reduce the amount of isocyanate in the feedstock to 50%.   The project is being done as a collaborative effort with the spray foam industry.  Shupe said we would like to increase the percentage of biomass in spray foam and we want that biomass to be from forest fuel reduction programs.

Caption for picture enclosed — “Examples of wood-based foam samples that the LSU Agricultural Center team has produced during preliminary research.”  

For more information contact Dr. Todd Shupe at (225)578-6432 or

World Wood Day Events focus on the Odunpazarı District of Eskişehir, Turkey, March 6-31, 2015


howardapril15_1Howard Rosen, Mon-Lin Kuo, Barry Goodell, Chung-Yun Hse, and Kevin Cheung represented SWST at the 3rd World Wood Day (WWD) celebrations in Odunpazarı District of Eskisehir Turkey with the theme Wood and Humanity. (See picture, Kevin Chueng, not shown). Though World Wood Day is celebrated on March 21st each year, the official events began on March 6th with a 2½ -week international, collaborative timber “bridge” project and ended in Istanbul March 31 with a special 4-day program related to wooden architecture and timber construction in the Şişli District of Istanbul.  About 380 people from 93 countries participated in presenting this major event with excellent support from the District of Odunpazarı (which translates to “wood market” in English).


Booths and tents were setup so that the hundreds of people of all ages from the general public and other could view and learn from woodcarvers, wood turners, furniture makers, folk arts workshops. Events also included demonstrations and, performances of various wooden musical instruments. Special children’s events were included over several days.   (Enrique Males from Ecuador, a wooden instrument maker and entertainer is shown at his booth.) A technical symposium with 31 speakers ran over two days under the heading of Wood and Humanity: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Sustainable Development.  The topics focused on raising awareness of current issues and enhancing multidisciplinary discussions for the crucial role of wood in human civilization and the environment.  The day after WWD, many of the attendees traveled to a local community park area to plant black pine tree saplings to emphasize the need for a sustainable source of trees for both beauty and products.



Two unique highlights of the 2015 celebration included  an international, collaborative project with 23 artisans from 17 countries that designed and constructed a timber “bridge” (arch)  and erected it in the town square a few blocks from the venue of the meeting (see accompanying photo of the arch, artisans and Odunpazarı officials).  The second highlight was the integration of performances and demonstrations from 13 musical groups from 15 different countries that combined wooden instruments with song and dance. Many times throughout the celebrations, these musicians shared their talents in creative musical performances including the Opening Ceremony, the Welcome Dinner, and two musical concerts.

More details and pictures from these meetings and tours can be found at the World Wood Day 2015 websites  and


Howard Rosen

WWD Foundation, Chair

IUFRO 5.10.01 Wood Culture Working Party Chair


Changes to Wood and Fiber Science.


Dear Member,

As a member of the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST), I am writing to communicate changes that the Board of Directors is implementing with our journal; Wood and Fiber Science.

First, SWST is currently in a strong position. Our financial investments are sound and growing. Our annual conventions are well received with record attendance and submissions for papers. Our accredited programs have expanded outside the Americas for the first time. And most importantly, our membership has been growing as we saw a 28% increase last year alone. With these successes firmly established, we are now turning our attention to solidify other matters critical to the health of the Society.

Wood and Fiber Science is a critical service that the Society provides to our profession and membership. In addition, the journal contributes significantly to our income, originating in roughly equal parts from institutional subscriptions and page charges. While Wood and Fiber Science clearly publish excellent scientific works, its strength is not realized in current metrics that rank journals such as Impact Factor. While many of our membership are skeptical of such measures, it is clear that academic programs are increasingly using them for hiring, tenure, and promotion of faculty. When compared to peer journals, the impact factor of Wood and Fiber Science lags behind that of Holzforschung, Wood Science and Technology, Bioresources, Journal of Wood Chemistry and Technology, and the IAWA Journal. Most importantly, the younger faculty and graduate students that are the lifeblood of our profession and membership are now choosing to publish their best work in other journals.

In the last year, the Board of Directors have implemented a self-study of the journal and interviewed editors of non-competing peer journals to develop strategies for the future. A number of measures have been approved and are being implemented to turn this tide and improve the overall influence of our journal in the scientific discourse. Our strategy has been to:

  • Decrease page charges for members
  • Decrease our publishing costs by deploying a new web server technology
  • Implement a delayed open access policy to improve distribution of the journal while maintaining subscription fees to institutions
  • Develop a reinvestment strategy to attract topical, high quality papers at no page charges and open access that we will push through our new communication channels

The final change that we have implemented is to adopt a new editorial structure for the journal. This new structure includes:

  • Editor – to oversee the general scientific content of the journal. Mike Barnes has been reappointed to this position through January, 2017.
  • Associate Editor – to assist the Editor, provide redundancy in daily procedures, and lead a special issue annually to attract topical, high quality papers
  • Editorial Board – to provide consistent reviews and either publish or solicit papers annually for the journal


As the leadership of your Society, we would be pleased to hear your feedback and input on these changes. Most importantly, we wish to have your support through publishing as an author in our journal and/or donating your time in some editorial capacity.

We are now accepting nominations to our Associate Editor and Editorial Board positions. Self nominations are welcomed. Nominations are due to Vicki Herian, by May 1, 2015.




Michael Wolcott




Distinguished Educator Award

Each year, SWST will award one deserving individual, a Distinguished Educator Award (in teaching or in extension/outreach). The nominating department head should indicate whether the Educator Award nomination submitted is for teaching or for outreach.

Purpose of the Award: The SWST Distinguished Educator Award encompasses disciplines of teaching as well as outreach and is intended to recognize individual faculty and instructors at a university for sustainable performance of excellence in teaching or to recognize faculty, staff or industry personnel for outstanding extension, engagement and economic development activities in wood or related field.
Teaching Recognition: Above and beyond an individual exemplary class, the distinguished educator award should show a kind of sustainable excellence in teaching that incites intellectual curiosity in students, inspires colleagues, and makes students aware of significant relationships between the academia and the world at large. Part-time instructional appointees, including those who serve the departments at universities full or part-time in other capacities, become eligible for the award after teaching at least 2 course sections.
Extension/Outreach Recognition: The award will recognize a faculty or staff member at a university, or an industry member, who has made significant contributions to extension and outreach education and makes a priority of engagements that links wood and related products to the citizens of the state, nation or globally. The award is intended for individuals who show a sustained distinguished performance and educational contribution to various clienteles (including students, institutions, industry, and others) through various extension activities.

Nature of the Award: Recipients of the Distinguished Educator Award will receive a cash award ($500.00) and a plaque recognizing them from SWST. The recipient will be honored at the annual SWST International Conference. The recipients of the Educator Award may be called upon by SWST to provide a voice in issues related to teaching or extension/outreach in forums or panels at the SWST conference and they will be advocates for excellence in imparting education in wood science and related fields.




International Wood Composites Symposium April 21-22, 2015

This year’s International Wood Composites Symposium offers an industry-driven symposium to address markets, policies, codes, new developments and innovations for the wood composites industry.

  • Hear industry leaders identify key global trends, challenges, and opportunities.
  • Network with people you want to meet in industry and research.
  • Exchange ideas and discuss new developments in processes and products.
  • Attend two days of presentations, a poster session, vendor displays, and a networking reception.

We look forward to welcoming you to Seattle. Our best personal regards.


For more information click here

Passing of William “Bill” Lehmann

William F. Lehmann, age 82.
Born to Martin and Evelyn Lehmann in Bingen, WA October 20, 1932. Married Barbara K. Maresh 1958. He is survived by his wife Judith Hartman-Lehmann, three siblings, Helen Watkins, Norma Kerby, and Michael Lehmann. Three wonderful daughters, Jennifer Schilz, Cynthia LaPrelle (Dec.) and Amy Adkisson. Seven grandchildren: Russell Pihl, Nolan Schilz, Anders Schilz, Luke Schilz , Morgan LaPrelle, Ryan Adkisson, and Cynthia Adkisson. Remarried Judith A. Hartman 1990 and loved and lived happily until his death.

Bill grew up on a farm in White Salmon, WA. He enlisted and served in the U.S. Army 1951-1954. Served in combat in Korea with the 3rd Inf. Div. He worked in many jobs, beginning at age 7: farm worker, truck and heavy equipment operator, logger and forester, welder and machinist.

Graduated BS Washington State University 1958, MS NC State University 1960, PhD. Colorado State University 1970. Bill worked 35 years in the field of adhesive-bonded wood composites. Research at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR; the US Forest Products Lab, Madison, WI; and Weyerhaeuser Co. R&D, Federal Way, WA. He published more than 50 research papers in this field.

Bill enjoyed traveling and camping with his family, and fishing, hunting and hiking, especially his daily walks in the desert with his dogs the last 15 years. Bill and Judy moved to Tucson (SaddleBrooke), AZ in 2000 from the gloomy Seattle-Tacoma area and began a wonderful 15 years of happy retirement activities.

Bill said that his two main regrets were being born too early for the sexual revolution and never winning the Publisher’s Clearinghouse Sweepstakes. Bill will be remembered for his devotion to his family, love for nature and his dogs, dry wit, gun expertise and strong political views.