The Alaska Wood Utilization Research and Development Center (AWURDC) was established in 1999 to “unify and enhance opportunities for economic assistance to workers, families, businesses, and communities affected by the changing timber industry in Southeast Alaska" (former Department of Agriculture Secretary, Dan Glickman). AWURDC provides research, tools, and new ideas for improving economic growth in southeast Alaska communities.
Research highlights include exploring feasibility of using wood for power generation, optimizing kiln-drying methods, and work to create a durable wood products industry in Alaska. Wood products research ranges from consumer preferences for consumer goods to supply chain dynamics and wood energy markets.
The Center is co-located with Tongass National Forest Supervisor’s Office in Sitka, Alaska.
Scientists at the lab include research foresters and economists. Other temporary staff, such as Student Conservation Association interns, occasionally increase staffing levels.
Team members at the AWURDC sit on Robert Deal’s Ecosystem Services team. A joint AWURDC/Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials project examines the economic and life-cycle aspects of renewable and non-renewable energy products. The Center frequently teams with Tongass National Forest.
The AWURDC has generated research addressing:
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