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Conference, Short Course to Precede Richmond Expo 2006
Small Wood Focus: Two educational opportunities related to the use of small trees in the forest products industry will be held in Richmond, Va. in May immediately preceding the Richmond Expo trade show.

By Staff
Date Posted: 4/1/2006

Two educational opportunities related to the use of small trees in the forest products industry will be held in the days immediately preceding the East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition, also known as the Richmond Expo. All three events will take place in Richmond, Va.

A three-day conference on woody biomass and utilization of small diameter trees, dubbed SmallWood 2006, will be held May 16-18, with the third day devoted to plant tours.

In addition, Virginia Tech will conduct a one-day short course May 18 on manufacturing and marketing products from lower quality and small diameter trees.

The Richmond Expo, or the East Coast Sawmill and Logging Equipment Exposition, will be held May 19-20. It will be the leading trade show of the pallet industry in the U.S. in 2006, and the biennial show also features suppliers exhibiting logging, sawmill and related equipment.

SmallWood will feature an international slate of speakers, including researchers, material and equipment suppliers, manufacturers and end-users. Topics will include community partnerships, forest health restoration, supply and availability, harvesting systems, processing and manufacturing, markets for products, energy from woody biomass, and workforce training.

SmallWood 2006 is for harvesting contractors, forest products businesses, forest managers, and others. Four optional tours will be offered on May 18 to various forest products businesses in Virginia.

SmallWood 2006 is being sponsored jointly by about 20 organizations and government agencies, including the U.S. Forest Service and the Forest Products Society.

The short course will be offered by the Virginia Tech division of continuing education. The course title is, ‘Challenges and Opportunities in Manufacturing and Marketing of Products from Lower Quality and Smaller Diameter Forest Resources.’

The short course morning session will be devoted to processing methods and characteristics of small diameter and lower quality raw material, and the afternoon session will focus on marketing. The sessions will be taught by Dr. Robert Smith and Dr. Brian Bond of the Virginia Tech faculty.

For more information about the SmallWood 2006 conference or to register, call (608) 231-1361, or visit the Web site at www.forestprod.org/confsmallwood06.html.

For more information on the short course, call (504) 231-7107 or e-mail ariegel@vt.edu.

For more information about the Richmond Expo, call the Virginia Forest Products Assn. at (804) 737-5625 or visit the Web site at www.exporichmond.com.

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