National Firewood Workshop to be held online June 9/10 - 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EST.

An upcoming National Firewood Workshop webinar, hosted through a partnership of North Carolina State University (NCSU) and the USDA Forest Service, will provide information on the latest in firewood processing technology.

This two-day online event will be held via Zoom on June 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. EDT. There are no restrictions on attendance, and it’s free to register and attend. Register online at the National Firewood Workshop registration page.

The National Firewood Workshop is hosted annually by NCSU and provides the latest technology for firewood manufacturers. The workshop’s focus is to help businesses be more profitable and efficient in firewood processing. The target audience includes firewood manufacturers and entrepreneurs who might be interested in starting a firewood business.

“It’s important training for not just within the Eastern Region, but for all Forest Service regions that need markets for low-grade and small-diameter timber to support forest restoration efforts,” said Patrick Rappold, a Forest Service wood utilization specialist. “They will talk about the latest tools and equipment to process and manufacture high volumes of firewood for retail and wholesale markets.”

This year’s workshop will also touch upon business management strategies, best practices to prevent the spread of invasive insects and diseases when distributing firewood to customers, and how to find sources of firewood, including urban logs.

NCSU hosts the workshop with support from the Forest Service Eastern Region’s Wood Education and Resource Center (WERC) Forest Markets Program. WERC promotes the development and expansion of markets for forest products by providing technical and financial assistance to support the expansion of forest products industries and the use of wood energy. The objective of WERC is to contribute to a more competitive, productive and profitable forest products industry in the United States.

Development for the workshop is funded in part through a Forest Service State and Private Forestry domestic grant. Other sponsoring organizations include the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Division of Forestry and Sawmill & Woodlot magazine.

Attendees should be sure to download the free app ahead of the webinar. For more information, contact Harry Watt, a wood products specialist at NCSU, at (704) 880-3067.

While this year’s workshop is being held online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is normally held in-person at different locations from year to year. For 2022, current plans are to host the workshop in-person in Wisconsin.

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