Wood Utilization Research

 

Wood Utilization Research Program Comes to a Close after 28 Years

With the publication of the final report below, Oregon State University's Wood Utilization Research (WUR) Program has come to an end after 28 successful years of achievement.

Authorized and funded by Congress in PL89-106 in 1985, the program began with only three Centers for Wood Utilization Research and subsequently grew into a consortium of 13 partner universities devoted to maintaining a globally competitive U.S. forest products industry.  A key strength was the flexibility for individual centers to address regional issues within the context of a national strategic plan.

Annual reports like the ones shown below have documented WUR contributions to new science, technology, management approaches, and business practices. In addition to enhancing the competitiveness of the U.S. forest products industry, WUR research and technology transfer activities have maintained or expanded sustainable and environmentally acceptable forest operations and product manufacturing, and led to more efficient uses of renewable, wood-based materials for the benefit of Americans. Through its support for students, this program has made a major contribution to educating the next generation of renewable materials scientists and practitioners.  In addition, WUR centers have consistently leveraged the special grant funding an average of 2.5x through additional state and private funds, providing an outstanding return on investment for taxpayers.

The potential payoff from new investments in renewable wood research in the future is enormous, including new building materials to support sustainably designed buildings, renewable bioenergy, high-value specialty chemicals, and nanocomposites, to list just a few examples. In Oregon, the global competitiveness of our domestic industry remains critical to providing jobs, especially in rural areas; reducing dependence on nonrenewable materials; and sustaining incentives for landowners to maintain private and public forests.

 FINAL REPORT  (PDF)

 

 PROGRESS REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2011 (PDF)

 

PROGRESS REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2010 (PDF)

 PROGRESS REPORT FOR FISCAL YEAR 2009 (PDF)