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    As worldwide demand for timber and bio-fiber resources grows, sustainable resource management and industrial utilization must collaborate to develop a shared vision for both long-term sustainable management of forest and bio-resources and sustainable economic development. Engineered wood- and bio-composites offer a tool that can both achieve resource sustainability and meet user needs in our ever-more affluent societies and for our growing populations [1]. Biocomposite technology provides a tool for resource managers because it can add value to low- or no-value fiber resources and thereby promote demand for diverse bio-fiber feed-stocks including small-diameter timber, fast plantation-grown timber, removals of exotic-invasive species, removals of hazardous forest-fuels, and agricultural residues. At the same time, engineered wood composite serve as a tool for economic development of rural communities and provide for value-added commodity and non-traditional products. Wood composite technologies promote value-added uses for under-valued or waste materials.

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    Winandy, Jerrold E. 2005. Advancing sustainable forestry by using engineered wood or bio-composites. IAWPS 2005 : International Symposium on Wood Science and Technology : Pacifico Yokohama, Japan : November 27-30, 2005: pages 104-105.


    Engineered wood, biocomposites, sustainable forestry

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