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Highlights of the 2018 Kalgoorlie-Boulder Meeting

Group photo of the conference attendees gathered at the Credo Station after having an agreeable lunch provided by the Goldfields
SpecialtyTimber Industry Group

Salmon Gum SlabThis unique site for the IWCS Australasian Conference and Annual General Meeting, Sunday 16th – Saturday 22nd September, 2018, attracted 42 members to the great western woodlands of Western Australia for what turned out to be an exhilarating meeting.

Members arrived by plane, train, four-wheel drive—with many towing a caravan—and Kalgoorlie was an unforgettable experience. Adding to this, no one expected to be entering a multimillion hectare "woodland" in the "dead heart" of the driest continent on this planet. David Munzberg pointed out, Kalgoorlie-Boulder is one of the most remote cities in the world (in the Goldfields region is south eastern WA). This meeting was possibly the most remote IWCS meeting held in the world—WOW. Also, most of us left home in a near record-breaking drought—and the two superlatives just never appear together—desert and woodland. Surprise number one. But here we were—so let's get on with the story.

  • NEW -->Index of Shrubwoods. Index of articles in the WoW of Shrubwood series. - 05-11-2018

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  • Feb 2018 Membership Directory is now available in the Members section of the website. 05/05/2018

  • Jan/Feb 2019 WoW

    January/February 2019 WoW
    journal is now available in the Members section of the website. 11/24/2018




  • Now available, Southern African Wood (ISBN 781920217587, Briza Publications, Pretoria, RSA), authored by former IWCS members Stephanie Dyer (#9380), Danielle James and Barry James (#9381). It is a fully illustrated guide to the properties and uses of wood from 140 Southern African tree species. A handful of leather-bound collectors editions remain for $140.00 US dollars plus shipping and handling, and the standard hard cover books are $46.60 US dollars plus shipping and handling. These are discounted 20% for IWCS members. Non-members will be charged $168.50 + S&H for the collectors edition and $57.57 + S&H for the standard. Each copy will be signed by the authors. All copies will be shipped from Pennsylvania, USA. Reserve your copy today by contacting our Northeast Regional Trustee, Mark R. Peet. E-mail: . Updated 05-25-2018

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  • IWCS Wood Specimen Kit order form with instructions for selecting and ordering wood specimens from IWCS. Gary is a professional Urban Forester/Sawyer and takes great pride in preparing high quality wood specimens, all properly seasoned, clean, well milled, free from dirt and defects and accurately identified and labeled. As of 08/06/2018



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  • Guide to Wood Microtomy
    Guide to Wood Microtomy by Ernie Ives -- in the Members Only section under "Wood Identification Content" 121 pages -- Posted 12-07-2016



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  • Michael Blankenship Wood Turning Demonstration Michael Blankenship was an invited lecturer/demonstrator for the annual IWCS meeting in St. Charles, Illinois, USA. 01/12/2019


  • Thousands of Southerners Planted Trees for Retirement. It didn't work. Too much pine and not enough saw mills spell years of depressed prices for plantations. 10/11/2018


  • Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing Suffering From Nature Deficit Disorder? Try Forest Bathing. 06/28/2018


  • Africa''s biggest trees dying off Why Are Some of Africa's Biggest Baobab Trees Dying Off? 06/28/2018


  • Emerald Ash Borer ProjectAn extinction-level event is slowly unfolding in New Jersey, one that will profoundly change the state's landscape, do upwards of $2.7 billion in damage and potentially dampen property values in towns across the state. 09/15/2017

  • World of WoodMembership in IWCS gives you numerous benefits including - World of Wood, a 32 page bimonthly magazine; and Annual Directory of members, and access to wood information and members in some 30 countries on six continents. View a sample issue of the May/June 2018 WOW

  • IWCS Student Membership Application now includes the "student friendly" rate of $15 USD per year.

  • IWCS Wood Data Sheets. Listings of all ever published.

  •  Charles David Ray, Ph.D.Penn State Wood Pro News by Charles David Ray, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Ecosystem Science and Management Forrest News from Wood Pro Resources. Updated 04/06/2017

  • Wood blog Forest wood, timber, lumber, biomass, energy wood, pulp wood, wood furniture, wood buildings, and anything else woody you can think of. Because, well, wood is good. And you'll agree if you visit Go Wood every so often. So, read... enjoy... comment... share... and Go Wood! Updated 10/18/2018

  • Searchable index of articles published in the last nine years. As of 03/06/2011

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