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Hardwood Tree Log and Lumber Quality Workshop

May 21 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


This workshop is aimed at private forest landowners, consulting, and district foresters. It is important to recognize the quality when managing forests. While the pricing premium related to higher grade logs and lumber can be realized for some species, others don’t provide such opportunities. The objective of the workshop is to discuss hardwood quality in a systematic way, including tree grading, log grading and lumber grading.

Coffee breaks, snacks and lunch is included. Attendees will receive: 1) a Biltmore Tree scaling stick, 2) a board sampler of Indiana major tree species.

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9:00 –   9:15              Registration and program introduction

9:15 – 10:30              Introduction to lumber quality and National Hardwood Lumber Association grading rules overview. Practice sample board grading. (Rado Gazo)

10:30 – 10:45              Coffee break

10:45 – 12:00              Log measurement and quality. Overview of USDA Forest Service log grading rules. Practice sample log grading. (Rado Gazo and Don Carlson)

12:00 – 12:30              Lunch (provided)

12:30 –    1:15             Discuss hardwood tree and bark features/defects. (Charlie Warner)

1:15 –    2:00               Woodmizer sawmill demonstration of “grade sawing” hardwood logs. (Damon McGuckin)

2:00 –    2:45              Standing tree measurement and scaling. Tools for measurement. (Lenny Farlee)

2:45 –    3:00              Coffee break

3:00 –    4:00              Standing tree grading. Observe tree features and quality, practice sample tree grading. (Phil Jones)

4:00                             Conclusion

Indiana Society of American Foresters qualifies for 6 Category 1 SAF CFFs

Indiana Association of Consulting Foresters qualifies for 6 Category 1 CFE Credits


May 21
9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Morgan-Monroe State Forest
6220 Forest Rd
Martinsville, IN United States
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Purdue University Dept of Forestry & Natural Resources
Indiana Division of Forestry
Indiana Hardwood Lumbermens Association