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Highlights of the February 18 – 22, 2019 Southeast Regional Winter Woodfest
John and Gary Size up the Camphor Log
Gary, the IWCS president cuts in to the crotch. Proceeds from the wood sales go directly into the IWCS operational budget.
"Thank you to all of the donors who supported the IWCS South East regional meeting at Lake Yale, Florida. Your donations help support IWCS's mission of advancing information on wood. Click here to view corporate donors."
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
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
Guide to Wood Microtomy by Ernie Ives -- in the Members Only section under "Wood Identification Content" 121 pages -- Posted 12-07-2016
Mar-Apr 2019 President's Message
CALL FOR OFFICERS
This call or request is rather unprecedented as most of the following positions are nominated and elected within their respective regions.
Several current officers have held their offices for a number of years and are acting as interim officers until a replacement can be found. A couple have stated that they will soon retire from their positions, replacement or not.
Ordinarily, a trustee, for instance, whose term was about to expire would either chose to re-nominate him/herself for another term or seek someone else who would run, then a regional election would be held. The issue has become that there are now fewer regional meetings and not as much personal interaction within the regions. The Canadian region is vast with members few and very far between.
I know there are interested members out there as I was approached by one at the Florida, USA meet in February. If you have interest you can nominate or re-nominate yourself, contact your Trustee or contact me. Of course, you can nominate an interested party from your region. Here are the vacancies, current and upcoming:
Trustee, Australasia, beginning October 2019. Trustee, Canada, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, UK, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, US Northwest, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, US Southwest, vacant and currently covered by interim. Trustee, US Southeast, beginning October 2019.
In addition, Greg Reed, Endowment Fund Chair, would like to pass this position on to someone else. Geographic location makes no difference and Greg states this position requires little time.
I'm often asked, "what is a trustee supposed to do?" The short answer I provide is, "make sure everyone in your region is happy." For more information turn to page 46 of the 2018 Membership Directory. 05-18-2019
Articles of Interest on the Web
Just a Piece of Wood - Innovative and interesting pieces of wood art. Thirty Three Wood Art Sculptures from everywhere found in an email. 02/16/2019
Cryptococcosis is a lung disease caused by the inhalation of fungal spores of two species of Cryptococcus: Cryptococcus neoformans and Cryptococcus gattii. Cryptococcosis effects humans and animals (e.g., Australian koalas). 01/30/2019
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
Membership 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
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