Our research provides training for graduate students and furnishes useful, up-to-date information to forest products companies. The Center conducts two types of research projects: periodic tracking studies and one-time studies that address specific problems or information needs. Tracking studies examine trends that affect forest products firms. For example, tracking studies have examined trends in the recovery/recycling of wood and the changing market share of wood in the shipping, furniture, and cabinetry industries. Other studies have provided information concerning markets for wood residues, new markets for wood products in transportation systems, buyer perceptions of lumber quality, the impact of wood substitutes, and factors influencing success in foreign markets for wood products.  Research is published in peer review journals such as the Forest Products Journal or through research reports and research updates provided exclusively to Center members.  The following are examples of recent research:

Research update

Research report