Hello LSLA Members,

We hope this email finds you all well. Below is an announcement for an upcoming webinar series on manufacturing hardwood lumber. These webinars will be going through a series of publications that the LSLA Education board helped to put together and review for our industry. The webinars and this publication series are great resources for training new employees and teaching a lot of foundational knowledge to get started in this industry.

Thank you for your continued support and donations to help bring educational opportunities to our industry. The LSLA Education board greatly looks forward to any feedback you have on this as well as future educational needs.

Best wishes,

Tim Kassis
LSLA Education Chair

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Forest Products Services Team will be hosting a series of free webinars on hardwood lumber manufacturing. This series is for new people interested in learning more about the hardwood lumber industry.

An overview of recently published Forest Products Technical Guides will be the focus and other background information on each topic. Attached is the reference guide we will be going over in the first webinar on Jan. 28th. Presentations will be 30 minutes, followed by 15 minutes for questions and discussion. Click the links below to register for the Zoom webinars. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email and details on downloading Zoom for your computer or mobile device. If you have any questions, contact Logan Wells at logan.wells@wisconsin.gov or 715-490-3587.

Hardwood Grade Sawing: Thursday, Jan. 28, 2021 at 7 p.m. CT

The first webinar topic will cover the basics of grade sawing logs. We will discuss specific techniques for positioning a log, when to turn the log to another face and different sawing patterns.

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Edging & Trimming Lumber: Tuesday, Feb.16, 2021 @ 7 p.m. CT

You can lose significant lumber value and volume with improper edging and trimming. This presentation will dive into generally accepted best practices on how much wane to leave on your lumber. We will also highlight lumber measurement and industry terms and how they relate to manufacturing.

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Air Drying Lumber:  Thursday, Mar. 11, 2021 @ 7 p.m. CT

There are many benefits to drying lumber. This webinar is loaded with practical tips on how to set up an air-drying yard best. Reducing the moisture content through low-cost air drying is a great way to reduce kiln time and add value to your lumber.

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