International Convention

Forest Products Society

Links and Resources

Educational and Research Organizations

  • American Institute of Sustainable Science & Technology Inc. advocates sustainable science and technology as a science and engineering framework for all research, innovation, and related technologies and applications satisfying a simple requisite: environmental sustainability and conservation of natural resources. In practice, this amounts to using conservation as a tool of economic and social development through science.
  • Ask a Forester is a free service provided by the Global Association of Online Foresters (GAOF). The aim of the GAOF is to help you to make friends with other people interested in forestry from all corners of the world and to promote all aspects of forestry.
  • The BioComposites Centre specializes in industrial contract research on the processing of wood and plant materials.
  • CSIRO Forestry and Forest Products is the largest single organization in Australia conducting research into forestry, wood, and paper science. Their mission is to increase economic and environmental benefit to Australia by improving the management and productivity of the nation's forests, and the quality and value of forest products.
  • Built in 1985, ENSTIB, University of Nancy is the only wood science, wood technology, and wood engineering university in France.
  • The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) is the largest autonomous agency within the United Nations system. FAO is active in land and water development, plant and animal production, forestry, fisheries, economic and social policy, investment, nutrition, food standards and commodities, and trade.
  • The Forest History Society is a non-profit educational institution established in 1946 to promote the study of human interaction with the natural environment from a historical perspective.
  • International Association of Wood Anatomists (IAWA) objectives include creating awareness of the place of wood anatomy in science, technology, and conservation of natural resources, and encouraging and assisting the study and teaching of wood anatomy and related fields.
  • International Wood Collectors Society (IWCS) - IWCS is a non-profit Society devoted to distributing information on collecting wood, correctly identifying and naming wood specimens, and using wood in creative crafts. The IWCS publishes the monthly journal World of Wood.
  • IUFRO (International Union of Forestry Research Organizations) is a non-profit, non-governmental international network of forest scientists. Its objectives are to promote international cooperation in forestry and forest products research.
  • The Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST) is a nonprofit educational society whose primary purpose is to foster educational programs in wood science and technology, assure high standards for professional performance of wood scientists and technologists, and promote the wise use of wood-based products. The SWST directory of educational institutions offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs in the field of forest products at .
  • Founded in 1950, the Southeastern Southeastern Dry Kiln Club promotes professionalism and knowledge of dry kiln operators and lumberyard managers in the wood industry. The Club accomplishes its mission by hosting two meetings annually, kiln operator short courses, and other related courses.
  • The Temperate Forest Foundation creates a variety of educational products on natural resource issues and options.
  • Universidad Austral de Chile - Founded in 1954, the Universidad Austral de Chile is one of the oldest traditional universities in Chile. The Faculty of Forest Sciences develops important research in forest dynamics, forest managment and economics, and in the wood science and technology field.
  • USDA Forest Products Laboratory - The Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) serves the public as the nation’s leading wood research institute. FPL dedicates itself to solving societal problems related to the forest and its products by using the best scientific resources available.
  • Wood Machinery Importers Association (WMIA) provides the North American woodworking industry with technology, services, and information resources related to imported woodworking machinery and technologies.
  • WoodWeb provides an information resources for the woodworking industry including an industry index, machinery exchange, sawing and drying forum, industry forum, lumber buying guide, woodworkers directory, and business forum.

Not-For-Profit Technical or Trade Associations

  • The Adhesive & Sealant Council, Inc. (ASC) is a North American trade association dedicated to representing the adhesive and sealant industry. Incorporated in 1958, ASC is bound by the collective efforts of its members, and strives to improve the industry operating environment and strengthen its member companies. ASC members represent more than 75% of the U.S. industry. The Council is comprised of 120 adhesive and sealant manufacturers, raw material and equipment suppliers, distributors and industry consultants.
  • The American Fiberboard Association (AFA) is the national trade organization of manufacturers of cellulosic fiberboard products used for residential and commercial construction, commercial products, and packaging.
  • The American Institute of Timber Construction (AITC) is the national technical trade association of the structural glued laminated (glulam) timber industry. AITC represents a majority of the glued laminated timber manufacturers in the U.S. in addition to a number of installers, suppliers, sales representatives, engineers, architects, designers, and researchers.
  • The wood products group of AF&PA, the American Wood Council (AWC) (AWC) publishes numerous technical publications and software related to wood construction.
  • The American Wood-Preservers’ Association (AWPA) is an international, nonprofit society that acts as the principal standard writing body for the wood preserving industry of the United States.
  • TheAppalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Association, Inc. (AHMI) promotes the use of hardwoods produced in the Appalachian region of the United States and develops programs to assure an adequate supply of this resource.
  • The Canadian Wood Council (CWC) is a national federation representing the solid wood products industry in Canada. CWC is a non-profit trade association responsible for the production and distribution of technical information regarding the use of wood products in construction.
  • The CUREe-Caltech Woodframe Project is aimed at developing reliable and economical ways of improving woodframe building performance in earthquakes. The project is managed by the California Universities for Research in Earthquake Engineering (CUREe) and is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services.
  • Formerly the Canadian Pulp and Paper Association, the Forest Products Association of Canada represents pulp and paper companies across Canada.
  • The Hardwood Council is a coalition of 12 hardwood lumber and product trade associations.
  • The Hardwood Information Center, sponsored by the Hardwood Manufacturers Association, gives tips for decorating and designing with, and selecting and caring for, solid U.S. hardwood projects.
  • The The Institute of Wood Science, based at Hughenden Valley near High Wycombe in Bukinghamshire, UK, is the professional body for the timber and allied industries and aims to promote and encourage a better understanding of timber, wood-based materials, and associated timber processes.
  • The Interior Lumber Manufacturers’ Association was established in 1941 and currently represents 35 forest companies in the Southern Interior of British Columbia, Canada.
  • The The International Wood Products Association is the only timber association in the United States committed to the promotion and enhancement of trade in the imported wood products industry.
  • The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association (KCMA) is a national trade association that represents the interests of kitchen cabinet manufacturers and suppliers to the kitchen cabinet industry.
  • Lake States Lumber Association provides representation to a broad cross-section of individuals and business organizations involved in the timber industry. The Association’s primary objective is to assure members and industry of a sustainable forest resource.
  • The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is a federation of more than 800 state and local builders associations throughout the United States whose mission is to enhance the climate for housing and the building industry and to promote policies that will keep housing a national priority.
  • The National Council of Forestry Association Executives promotes and cultivates best association management practices among chief executive officers of forest- and natural resource-related non-profits, both industrial and public-interest, and enables information-sharing about issues of common concern.
  • The mission of the Southern Forest Products Association is to develop, maintain, and expand the demand for southern pine lumber products and to engage in such activities and programs that the members deem useful to advance and protect their interests.
  • The Southern Pine Council is a joint promotional body coordinated and supported by the exporting members of the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) and the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association (SLMA).
  • The Structural Board Association (SBA) was formed to represent various OSB mills in the United States, Canada, and offshore. SBA efforts are targeted at gaining building code acceptance, developing product standards, and coordinating the promotional and technical activities of those mills.
  • With over 32,000 members worldwide, TAPPI (Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry) is the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to the paper and pulp industries.
  • The Western Red Cedar Lumber Association is a trade association that represents producers of western red cedar lumber in British Columbia, Canada, and the U.S. Pacific Northwest states.
  • Formerly the National Wood Window & Door Association, the Window & Door Manufacturers Association is a trade association representing approximately 130 U.S. and Canadian manufacturers and suppliers of windows and doors for the domestic and export markets.
  • The Wood Moulding & Millwork Producers Association is an international trade association for manufacturers of hardwood and softwood moulding, interior and exterior door frames and jambs, plank paneling, fingerjoints, MDF, and related millwork products.

Technical Journals and Other Publications

  • Spanish Journal of Rural Development (SJRD) is a newly established magazine, published by the Galician Association of Researchers for Rural Development (AGAIDERU), which is intended as a discussion forum to contribute to the improvement of knowledge of rural, centered sustainable development. It is a multidisciplinary journal which has room for work focused on forestry issues, agronomic, environmental, rural planning, international cooperation, socioeconomic,., But always focused on its implementation to achieve sustainable rural development of local populations.