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Janice (Jan) K. Wiedenbeck

Team Leader / Research Forest Products Technologist.
301 Hardwood Lane, Suite B
Princeton
West Virginia
United States
24740

Phone: 304-431-2708
Fax: 304-431-2772
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Current Research

Hardwood quality, markets, and processing research with a current focus on hardwood supply chain value optimization, energy efficiency in production operations, non-destructive evaluation of hardwood trees, and identification/development of new market opportunities for regional hardwood manufacturers.

Research Interests

Hardwood quality

Wood quality impacts related to natural disturbance and management activities

Biomass utilization

Processing optimization

Product recovery

International forest products manufacturing practices

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.

Education

  • 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

  • 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, Southern Research Station, Blacksburg, VA
    1992 - 1994
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia Tech
    1986 - 1992
  • Forester and rough mill supervisor, Crown Zellerbach, Inc.; Louisiana and Mississippi
    1980 - 1986

Professional Organizations

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

Featured Publications & Products

Publications

Research Highlights

HighlightTitleYear


NRS-2014-039
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 ...

2014


NRS-2015-160
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 ...

2015


NRS-2017-53
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 ...

2017


NRS-2013-046
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 ...

2013


NRS-2016-101
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 ...

2016


Last updated on : 12/18/2018