*  Purdue Wood Research Laboratory
*  Indiana Hardwood Lumberman's Association
*  Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry

February 19, 2007

Workshop to offer tips on making money from lumber

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Of Indiana's 4.4 million acres of forestland, 87 percent is privately owned by people who may very well have money growing on their trees.

"Some of these trees may be of the highest quality timber and be globally competitive," said Dan Cassens, Purdue University forestry and natural resources specialist. "Landowners aware of current and potential timber values - who manage their timber stands - optimize growth for preferred species and increase potential income."

Cassens is coordinating the Hardwood Log, Lumber and Tree Grading Workshop, which is designed for landowners, portable mill operators, foresters, timber sales consultants, log and timber buyers, mill personnel, and loggers. The workshop will be March 22 and 23 at the Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center in Bedford.

"This workshop is unique because it provides an opportunity for registrants to see the value of lumber that can be generated from different quality levels of timber," Cassens said. "We will discuss the various types and qualities of trees and then cut and saw them up into boards and assign them a value based on current lumber market values."

The cost of the workshop is $125, which includes lunch, breaks and materials. Participants should bring their own calculator, lumber grading rule and log scale stick. A tape measure may be used as a substitute. Participants are required to bring a hard hat, earplugs, safety glasses, steel-toe shoes and rain gear in case of inclement weather.

The two-day workshop will be taught by Cassens; Jeff Settle, a utilization specialist with the Indiana Department of Natural Resources Division of Forestry; Don Carlson, a Purdue forester; and Ron Rathfon, a Purdue Extension regional forester in southern Indiana.

Registration begins at 8 a.m. March 22. Sessions will include fundamentals and terminology of hardwood lumber grading with practice grading; hardwood log grades and tree grades, what constitutes a defect and the relationship to lumber grades; and using published lumber yield data to predict log and tree value. Participants also will practice felling and bucking - cutting trees down and into log lengths - with trees at the Purdue-Feldun Center.

March 23 sessions will include sawing graded logs and accumulation of lumber at the center by individual log and tree grade, grading lumber by log, and a discussion of lumber yield data with comparison to published tables and value calculations.

To obtain a registration brochure, call Cassens at (765) 494-3644 or download a brochure online from . The Feldun-Purdue Agricultural Center is located at 923 State Road 458 in Bedford.

The workshop is sponsored by Purdue's Wood Research Laboratory, Indiana Hardwood Lumberman's Association and the Indiana DNR Division of Forestry.

For those who will not be able to attend the workshop but wish to learn more about hardwoods and lumber grades, a CD called "Hardwood Lumber of the Central Midwest" is available at The CD is $25 and includes information about decay resistance, mechanical properties, the production process, purchasing and selling hardwood lumber, shrinkage of lumber, steam bending, understanding lumber, and wood machining properties.

Writer: Julie Douglas, (765) 496-1050,

Source: Daniel Cassens, (765) 494-3644,

Ag Communications: (765) 494-2722;
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