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Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live Webinar Series … Forest to Cities

March 17, 2021 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live Webinar Series

Massachusetts Woodlands Institute*, Northern Woodlands, and New England Forestry Foundation present the Local Wood: Grow, Build, Live webinar series. Join us as we explore examples of how to grow, build, and live with beautiful and sustainable local wood products at different scales—from furniture to homes to institutional buildings.

  • March 17th, 2pm-3:30:  Forests to Cities

*The Massachusetts Woodlands Institute is a subsidiary of Franklin Land Trust

Forest to Cities:

Join us on March 17th from 2pm-3:30pm to learn how engineered wood products, also known as mass timber, allow us to build bigger with wood, as an alternative to carbon-intensive concrete and steel construction. We will highlight a flagship mass timber building in Massachusetts—the John W. Olver Design Building at UMass Amherst. With Dr. Peggi Clouston (Professor of Wood Mechanics and Timber Engineering in the Building and Construction Technology program) as our featured speaker, we will hear about the innovative design and construction of the building, how it functions as a space of education and inspiration for the next generation of builders, and new research on the types of local tree species that can be used for mass timber. Together with New England Forestry Foundation COO Frank Lowenstein, we will then turn to where the raw material for mass timber is typically sourced and the potential for big climate change mitigation benefits when it is generated from Exemplary Forestry practices that are designed to store more carbon in the woods, while continuing to produce renewable wood products.

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March 17, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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