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Jan Wiedenbeck

Ecological and Economic Sustainability of the Appalachian Forest in an Era of Globalization
E-mail: Contact Jan Wiedenbeck
Team Leader / Research Forest Products Technologist.
241 Mercer Springs Road
Princeton, WV 24740
Phone: 304-431-2708
Fax: 304-431-2772


Current Research

Hardwood quality, markets, and processing research with a current focus on hardwood supply chain value optimization, energy efficiency in production operations, non-destructive evaluation of hardwood trees, and identification/development of new market opportunities for regional hardwood manufacturers.

Research Interests

Hardwood quality

Wood quality impacts related to natural disturbance and management activities

Biomass utilization

Processing optimization

Product recovery

International forest products manufacturing practices

Why This Research is Important

Hardwood quality affects hardwood utilization potential which frequently dictates what forest landowners can and will do with their forest resources. Improvements in processing hardwood products can lead to conversion efficiencies which allow U.S. manufacturers to operate more profitably and results in a larger portion of our nation's demand for forest products being fulfilled by domestic sources.  Specific and real outcomes of this line of research include improved transportation and energy efficiencies, positive jobs impacts, the economic stability of rural communities, and reduced pressures on international forest resources that may be more vulnerable than our own.

Education

  • Virginia Tech, Ph.D. Forestry and Wood Science, 1992
  • Virginia Tech, M.S. Forestry and Wood Science, 1988
  • University of Michigan, B.S. Forestry, 1980

Professional Experience

  • Research Forest Products Technologist, NRS-01, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Princeton, WV
    2012 - Current
  • Project Leader, NRS-01, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Princeton, WV
    2010 - 2012
  • Research Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station, Princeton, WV
    2007 - 2010
  • Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Princeton, WV
    2003 - 2007
  • Research Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Princeton, WV
    1999 - 2003
  • Associate Professor, University of Kentucky, Department of Forestry
    1997 - 1999
  • Project Leader, USDA Forest Service, Northeastern Research Station, Princeton, WV
    1994 - 1996
  • Research Forest Products Technologist, USDA Forest Service, Southern Research Station, Blacksburg, VA
    1992 - 1994
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech
    1986 - 1992
  • Forester and rough mill supervisor, Crown Zellerbach, Inc.; Louisiana and Mississippi
    1980 - 1986

Professional Organizations

  • Forest Products Society
  • Society of American Foresters
  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST)

Featured Publications & Products

Publications & Products

National Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2013-046
Scientists Investigate the Influence of Markets and Forest Management on Small-diameter Hardwood

Despite the potential silvicultural advantages of removing some small-diameter trees during timber harvests, activities such as diameter-limit c ...

2013


Last updated on : 10/17/2014