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US Forest Products Laboratory

US Forest Products Laboratory
1 Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53705
Thomas Urbanik
Fax: +1.608-231-9262
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Who Are We?

Established in 1910 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture Forest Service, the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison Wisconsin, serves the public as the nation's leading wood research institute. FPL is recognized both nationally and internationally as an unbiased technical authority on wood science and use. Our research is concentrated in one location to promote an interdisciplinary approach to problem solving. FPL cooperates with many universities, industries, and federal and state agencies.

What Do We Do?

Today, more than 250 scientists and support staff conduct research on expanded and diverse aspects of wood use. Research concentrates on pulp and paper products, housing and structural uses of wood, wood preservation, wood and fungi identification, and finishing and restoration of wood products. In addition to traditional lines of research, FPL is responding to environmental pressures on the forest resource by using cutting-edge techniques to study recycling, develop environmentally friendly technology, and understand ecosystem-based forest management.

How Have We Helped?

Throughout its history, FPL's focus on conservation of wood fiber has affected almost every sector of the wood products industry while benefiting society and the environment as well. Early research on preservatives extended the life of railroad ties, reducing demand by 75 percent. FPL research increased average lumber yield per log from 25 percent to 60 percent. Today, work on new recycling technology, is creating a new fiber resource, reducing pressure on our precious forests.

Who Benefits?

The Forest Products Laboratory dedicates itself to solving societal problems related to the forest and its products by using the best scientific resources available. FPL is the public side of the public-private partnership needed to create technology for the long-term sustainability of our forests. According to a recent study, tax dollar investments in forest products research generated as much as a 300 percent return to society.

Why Care About Wood?

The forest plays a vital role in our society. It supplies many values, including the raw materials for paper products, construction materials, and beneficial chemicals. We depend upon forests for a healthy environment and a healthy economy.
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