About Smallwood 2012

SmallWood 2012: Forest Restoration for a New Economy

The conference will be held at the Little America Hotel in Flagstaff, Arizona, USA on May 1-3, 2012 will give you the skills and information you need to adapt to changes and be successful in our current dynamic economy and industry. By focusing on our forest resources as well as the forest products industry, we will begin to understand key interactions and how to build a true forest restoration for a new economy. Download flyer

By attending SmallWood 2012 you will engage with an international slate of speakers, including researchers, material and equipment suppliers, manufacturers, and end-users providers.

Registration will be available in early February.

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The time is now! Enormous quantities of woody biomass are being generated from hazardous fuel reduction activities and salvage operations following wildfires and treatment of bug-killed forests. These issues drive the need to create solutions for using low-value and waste wood.

You cannot afford to miss SmallWood 2012. The conference includes two full days (May 1-2) of sessions and one day (May 3) of field trip options. Engaging and interactive technical and poster presentations, discussions, and tabletop exhibits include topics such as:

  • Policies and incentives for forest restoration
  • Pretreatment of woody biomass to reduce hauling costs
  • Pyrolysis technologies
  • Harvesting systems
  • Processing and manufacturing
  • New technologies and opportunities
  • Collaborative approaches to sustainable supply
  • Business practices for this new economy
  • Biomass energy
  • Marketing
  • Environmental and safety regulations

The SmallWood 2012 Conference is held in conjunction with SAF Southwestern Section Spring Meeting Meeting on Wednesday May 2

The SWSAF Spring 2012 Meeting will be held at the Flagstaff Little America Hotel in the Aspen Room on Wednesday May 2 from 6-9 PM. Registration for the Spring Meeting is $30.00, which includes social and networking time, Section business meeting, SAF awards ceremony, student chapter presentations, key note speaker and cookout-style banquet. Register


Tour 1: Utilization of Fire Killed Timber
Half day tour

This half day tour will focus on how fire killed timber can be incorporated in homebuilding and the niche markets that exist for fire killed and beetle killed timber. The tour will begin with a visit to small bandmill operation that specializes in serving local markets by processing fire and beetle killed timber. A brief tour of a Flagstaff home that has incorporated fire killed material into the house's décor is also scheduled. The tour will conclude with a visit to a forested area that has recently been affected by fire. The tour will leave Little America at 8 AM and return around noon. A box lunch will be provided.

Tour 2: Biomass to Energy
Full day tour

The Biomass to Energy tour is centered about the Snowflake (AZ) biomass plant. Snowflake Power operates a 24-megawatt biomass power plant located near Snowflake, Arizona - two hours east of Flagstaff. The plant began commercial operations in June 2008 following a 22-month construction period. The plant sells 100% of its electricity and Renewable Energy Certificates ("REC"s) under two separate power purchase agreements. The plant generates enough electricity to power approximately 18,000 – 20,000 homes. The boiler burns a mix of paper sludge and woody biomass. Supplementing a tour of the power plant will be static displays by area forestry firms, including equipment demonstrations, processing activities and other information pertinent to value-added biomass quality. This tour will leave the Little America Hotel at 7 AM and return by 6 PM. A box lunch will be provided. .

Tour 3: Forest Restoration Activities – Past and Present
Half day tour

This half day tour will visit forested stands of ponderosa pine that are part of ongoing projects implemented by the Ecological Restoration Institute at Northern Arizona University. The Ecological Restoration Institute (ERI) is nationally known for their work with the restoration of ponderosa pine forests in the southwest. The scientists and researchers at ERI use prescribed burning in conjunction with site specific thinning treatments to restore forests, as closely as possible, to pre-European settlement conditions. Along this tour there will be opportunities to see large diameter ponderosa pines and numerous example of how southwest forests have changed due to fire suppression and forest fragmentation. This tour will leave Little America at 8 AM and return around noon. A box lunch will be provided.

Forest Products Society

SmallWood 2012 is organized by the Forest Products Society (FPS). Supporting information exchange on the use of wood and wood-fiber resources, the Forest Products Society provides its members and others in the forest industry a variety of conference opportunities and publications for furthering member research and goals. Through its sections, chapters and technical interest groups, FPS links an international network of scholars and industry professionals. The close connection with research enables the industry to gain the competitive advantage essential in this current intensively globalized economy. For 63 years, FPS has served the industry and its members' needs and will continue to offer leading-edge information on forest products research for the 21st century.

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