Plan to join the Wisconsin Society of American Foresters for their state meeting on October 2 and 3 in Stevens Point at the Holiday Inn and Convention Center. “Boards, Cords and Beyond: Managing Your Woods for Maximum Value” is the title and will feature quality speakers covering a variety of topics providing up-to-date information on markets affecting timber products and alternative forest-based products. The second day involves a field tour to two local forest industries; Marth Wood Shavings in Marathon and the WE Energies biomass plant in Rothschild. Check this link for the tentative agenda: Draft Agenda 2019, pdf.
We are excited to have two keynote speakers for the day. Dan Meyer, from Hardwood Review will give a hardwood market review in the morning to set the tone. Hardwood Review is a subscription based publication that provides pricing and market information on North American hardwood lumber imports and exports. More information can be found at the website www.hardwoodreview.com
Pete Coutu, from Forest 2 Market will lead a market discussion in the afternoon. Forest 2 Market is a global provider of timber pricing, cost benchmarks and in-depth analytics for the raw wood markets. The organization’s website is www.forest2market.com
Marth Wood Shavings specializes in alternate wood products such as fuel pellets, shavings for animal bedding, and wood flour that is used as the base ingredient for composite materials for uses such as animal feed fillers, plastic fillers decking, automotive components and others. More information about the company is found at www.marthwood.com
The WE Energies Biomass plant uses wood residues from saw, lumber and paper mills, forest residue, and right-of-way clearings to provide electricity for the area and steam for the Domtar Rothschild paper mill. More information about the plant is found at https://www.we-energies.com/home/rothschild_biomass_cogenerationplant.pdf
Registration will open by early July in EventBrite. The EventBrite link and more information will be added as it becomes available.
For any questions feel to contact the meeting chairperson, Nick Holmes at holmes516 @ gmail.com