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Jan Wiedenbeck

Janice (Jan) K. Wiedenbeck

Project Leader / Research Forest Products Technologist.
301 Hardwood Lane, Suite B
West Virginia
United States

Phone: 304-431-2708
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Current Research

Hardwood quality, markets, and processing research with a current focus on how fire, both wildfire and prescribed fire, affects tree, log, and product quality over time.

Stanis, Shannon; Wiedenbeck, Jan; Saunders, Mike R. 2019. Effect of Prescribed Fire on Timber Volume and Grade in the Hoosier National Forest. Forest Science. 11 p. Brown, John P.; Thomas-Van Gundy, Melissa A.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Wiedenbeck, Janice K. 2018. Silvicultural Prescriptions Influence the Proportion of High-Quality Hardwood Butt Logs Harvested over a Half-Century of Management. Forest Science. 64(2): 203-213. Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Brown, John P.; Schuler, Thomas M.; Thomas-Van Gundy, Melissa. 2017. Tree-quality impacts associated with use of the shelterwood-fire technique in a central Appalachian forest. In: Kabrick, John M.; Dey, Daniel C.; Knapp, Benjamin O.; Larsen, David R.; Shifley, Stephen R.; Stelzer, Henry E., eds. Proceedings of the 20th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2016 March 28-April 1; Columbia, MO. General Technical Report NRS-P-167. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 146-156. Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Schuler, Thomas M. 2014. Effects of prescribed fire on the wood quality and marketability of four hardwood species in the central Appalachian region. In: Groninger, John W.; Holzmueller, Eric J.; Nielsen, Clayton K.; Dey, Daniel C., eds. Proceedings, 19th Central Hardwood Forest Conference; 2014 March 10-12; Carbondale, IL. General Technical Report NRS-P-142. Newtown Square, PA: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Northern Research Station: 202-212. ​Wiedenbeck, Jan; Smith, Kevin T. 2019. Hardwood management, tree wound response, and wood product value. The Forestry Chronicle. 94(3): 292-306.

Research Interests

Silvicultural impacts on hardwood quality

Wood quality impacts related to natural disturbance and management activities

Biomass utilization

Processing optimization

Product recovery

Past Research

Lowell, Eini C; Wilson, Katherine; Wiedenbeck, Jan; Chan, Catherine; Friday, J. B.; Evans, Nicole. 2017. Consumer preference study of characteristics of Hawaiian koa wood bowls. BioProducts Business 2(5): 42-51. Wiedenbeck, Jan; Scholl, Matthew; Blankenhorn, Paul; Ray, Chuck. 2017. Lumber volume and value recovery from small-diameter black cherry, sugar maple, and red oak logs. Bioresources. 12(1): 853-870. Dey, Daniel C.; Dwyer, John; Wiedenbeck, Jan. 2017. Relationship between Tree Value, Diameter, and Age in High-Quality Sugar Maple (Acer saccharum) on the Menominee Reservation, Wisconsin. Journal of Forestry. 115(5): 397-405. Buehlmann, Urs; Wiedenbeck, Janice K.; Kline, D. Earl. 1998. Character-marked furniture: potential for lumber yield increase in rip-first rough mills. Forest Products Journal. 48(4): 43-50.

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.


  • 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

  • Project Leader for NRS-01 and NRS-02, USDA Forest Service, Northern Research Station
    2018 - Current
  • 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, Southeastern Forest Experiment Station, Blacksburg, VA
    1992 - 1994
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech
    1986 - 1992
  • Forester and dry kiln/mill supervisor, Crown Zellerbach, Inc.; Louisiana and Mississippi
    1980 - 1986

Professional Organizations

  • Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST)
  • Society of American Foresters (SAF)
  • Forest Products Society (FPS), Past President (1999 - 2000)

Awards & Recognition

  • Society of Wood Science and Technology Distinguished Service Award, 2020

Featured Publications & Products


Research Highlights


Fire in my hardwood forest... is my investment in my family's future lost

Does the idea "What doesn't kill you makes you stronger" apply when a low- to medium-intensity wildfire or prescribed fire has run through a har ...


Forest Products Industry Competitiveness Strengthened Through Energy Management and Savings

Cutting energy costs in wood products manufacturing is good for the environment and a long-overlooked way for companies to reduce their operatin ...


Forest management demonstration area highlights working forest

New research published in 2017 describes the results of a 60-year forest management demonstration area on the Fernow Experimental Forest and the ...


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 ...


Small-diameter Hardwood Markets, Revisited

Standard operating procedures for merchandizing hardwood roundwood from timber harvests is to ship small-diameter wood to a wood chipping/strand ...


Study Finds Prescribed Fire has Minor Effect on Timber Quality

Prescribed fire can greatly improve regeneration of native tree species in the midwest and northeast, but what are the impacts on residual hardw ...


Last updated on : 03/15/2021