Improving the
Efficiency, Stability, and Success
of the Wood Supply System

What is the Wood Supply Research Institute?

The Wood Supply Research Institute:

  • identifies and documents the structure and performance of the current wood supply system and identifies opportunities for improvement;
  • investigates ways to operate more efficiently and cost-effectively;
  • communicates research findings directly to WSRI members;
  • publishes key findings to benefit the entire forest products industry.

Founded in 1999, the Wood Supply Research Institute brings together all parts of the wood supply chain to address wood supply issues through research, since credible research is needed to identify the primary factors that could improve the efficiency, stability, and business successes of the total wood supply system.

How is WSRI governed?

WSRI is governed by a board of individuals representing loggers, wood consumers, wood dealers, institutional land managers, and associate members. WSRI’s current chairman is Brad Fuller of Huber Engineered Woods, LLC., and Steve Carruth serves as executive director. A 10 member executive committee reviews WSRI business needs and guides decisions.

A Technical Team comprised of representatives from WSRI membership segments surveys the membership and identifies issues and opportunities for research projects. The board then sends requests for proposals to qualified entities, and chooses one to undertake each project. Upon project completion, WSRI’s membership shares the detailed results, and publishes the general findings through a variety of venues, to benefit the entire industry.

The Forest Resources Association provides administrative support to WSRI. FRA Appalachian/Southwide Region Manager Rick Meyer is the FRA staff liaison

For information about WSRI’s membership and dues structure, please click here.

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