Scientists & Staff
- Research Forester, USDA Forest Service 2000 - Current
- Student Trainee Forestry, USDA Forest Service 1994 - 2000
- Forest Products Society (2009 - Current)
Featured Publications & Products
- Montague, Iris B. 2011. Understanding chain-of-custody certification in the Appalachian hardwood region: Primary manufacturers' practices and perceptions. In: Fei, Songlin; Lhotka, John M.; Stringer, Jeffrey W.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Miller, Gary W., eds. Proceedings, 17th central hardwood forest conference; 2010 April 5-7; Lexington, KY; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-78. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 607-616.
- Montague, Iris; Andersch, Adrienn; Wiedenbeck, Jan; Buehlmann, Urs. 2013. Hardwood supply chain and the role of log brokers in 2012. Forest Products Journal. 63(5-6): 182-189.
- Montague, Iris B. 2013. The influence of trade associations and group certification programs on the hardwood certification movement. In: Miller, Gary W.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Gottschalk, Kurt W.; Brooks, John R.; Grushecky, Shawn T.; Spong, Ben D.; Rentch, James S., eds. Proceedings, 18th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2012 March 26-28; Morgantown, WV; Gen. Tech. Rep. NRS-P-117. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 113-128.
- Montague, Iris B.; Wiedenbeck, Jan. 2012. Cultivating connections in 2012 -- web strategies used by forest products businesses in the southern U.S.. In: Aronow, Mary Ellen, ed. Proceedings of the 2012 Southern Forest Economics Workers (SOFEW) annual meeting; 2012 March 19-21; Charlotte, NC. Southern Forest Economics Workers: 112-124.
- Montague, Iris B. 2011. Social network media in the forest products industry: A look at a new way of marketing. In: Proceedings of the 3rd international scientific conference on hardwood processing; 2011 Oct. 16-18; Blackburg, VA. Blacksburg, VA: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University: 235-241.
- Bumgardner, Matt; Montague, Iris; Wiedenbeck, Jan. 2017. Survey response rates in the forest products literature from 2000 to 2015. Wood and Fiber Science. 49(1): 84-92.
- Gazal, Kathryn; Montague, Iris; Poudel, Rajendra; Wiedenbeck, Jan. 2016. Forest products industry in a digital age: Factors affecting social media adoption. Forest Products Journal
- Montague, Iris; Gazal, Kathryn Arano; Wiedenbeck, Jan; Shepherd, Jean-Gabriel. 2016. Forest Products Industry in a Digital Age: A Look at E-Commerce and Social Media. Forest Products Journal. 66(1-2): 49-57.
- Andersch, Adrienn; Montague, Iris; Buehlmann, Urs; Wiedenbeck, Janice K. 2015. U.S. Hardwood sawmill log procurement practices. BioResources. (10)1: 1224-1244.
- Montague, Iris; Andersch, Adri; Wiedenbeck, Jan; Buehlmann, Urs. 2015. Hardwood log supply: a broader perspective. The Northern Logger & Timber Processor. April: 18-21.
National Research Highlights
Forest Service researchers analyzed timber salvaging data collected in the Gulf State region after major hurricanes. Post-hurricane analysis leads to a better understanding of storm salvaging operations and increased salvaging efficiency.
Forest Service researchers analyzed hardwood log procurement practices and the effects of log brokers on the hardwood distribution system. They found that economic conditions have affected log procurement practices but not the role of log brokers. They also noted that sawmills had a limited demand for log broker services, with log delivery and the procurement of specialty logs being the most highly demanded broker services.
Forest Service researchers analyzed the Internet and social media usage of forest products producers in major forest-products producing states to determine which web strategies were most used and what factors determined internet and/or social media use. They found that more and more companies were incorporating web-sites and social media use into marketing strategies to help remain competitive and that Facebook was most heavily used. While it seems that smaller wood product firms would benefit greatly from using the internet and social media in marketing strategies, it appears that larger, consumer-product-oriented firms are more likely to embrace these marketing concepts.