All posts by Portia Brown

Timber Crime Forensics Lab

Oregon State University’s College of Forestry is the new home of a forensics lab that fights timber crime, a $1 billion annual problem for the United States’ forest products industry.

Scientists at the center use a specialized type of mass spectrometry for wood species identification to determine if a truckload of logs, a guitar, a dining room table, or other wood products are what they are purported to be.

“The illegal timber trade is a direct attack on sustainable livelihoods and ecosystems in Oregon and other parts of the country, and also abroad,” said Anthony S. Davis, interim dean of the College of Forestry. “Advancing the capacity for science-based approaches to curtailing such behavior aligns directly with OSU and our college’s mission to promote economic and social progress in an ecologically sound manner, and provides an opportunity for us to partner with interested countries in using novel wood identification technologies.”

Get the full story here

Annual Meeting Registration Updates

See the Annual Meeting Updates tab here for the latest news. For the registration form or click here. Space is limited so register soon! Annual Meeting, ANNUAL MEETING UPDATES, Events, News

2020 KWOA annual meeting RESCHEDULED to September 22-23

In response to the COVID-19 virus, the annual meeting has been rescheduled to September 22-23, 2020.

Lake Cumberland State Resort Park will re-open under limited circumstances on July 1. COVID-19 guidelines require the park to limit registered guests to fifty. If you have not registered for the KWOA/F Annual Meeting that was rescheduled for September 22-23, you are encouraged to do so as soon as possible. Link here.

Make your lodging reservation directly with the park by calling 270-343-3111. The room rate is $72.95 plus tax. Be sure you tell them you are with KWOA to get the conference room rate. The park is waiving the resort fee that is normally applied to lodging.

The meeting is on-track and the guests and speakers have agreed to participate in the September event.

Register for the annual meeting via hard copy PDF or Online at our website at

Meeting updates will be posted to the website ( Please also see updates provided in your Mail Chimp Wood Post.

Your understanding is appreciated as the association processes the many changes incurred by the meeting postponement. Your health and safety are our primary concerns. Updates regarding the fall meeting date will be posted as they become available. We hope you will adjust your plans accordingly and look forward to seeing you in September.