Join Dovetail Partners at an Innovations in Wood Design Seminar on April 21st


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental think tank, on April 21st at a seminar titled, 'Innovations in Wood Design: Trends for a Sustainable Future'. The seminar is hosted by WoodWorks, an initiative of the Wood Products Council. The event is geared towards architects, engineers, developers, code officials and anyone with an interest in design possibilities for wood in the built environment. Eligible American Institute of Architects (AIA) attendees will qualify for continuing education credits while engineers and non-member architects will qualify for a certificate of completion.


Dovetail's Executive Director, Kathryn Fernholz, and Dovetail's Program Director for Responsible Materials, Dr. Jim Bowyer, will be joining Archie Landreman, North Central Regional Director of WoodWorks, as event speakers. Ms. Fernholz will be presenting on 'Forest and Forest Products' and Dr. Bowyer will be presenting on 'Environmental Impacts of Structural Systems: What Life Cycle Assessment Reveals'.


The seminar will review innovative wood products and examine how the use of wood as a structural material in buildings positively impacts their carbon footprint. Attendees will learn about North American forests, effects of harvesting practices over the past 100 years and how responsible forest management can lead to positive environmental impacts. Sustainability of building and material design and selection will be reviewed using life cycle assessment (LCA). The use of wood framing in school construction will be highlighted to demonstrate its cost effectiveness in real-world projects. Cross laminated timber (CLT) framing systems and details incorporating its use will also be reviewed, along with historical context, project examples and benefits of use.


Kathryn Fernholz is a forester by training and has worked on development and forest management issues in a wide range of roles. With a consulting firm, her work included natural resource inventories, comprehensive planning, environmental impact assessments and the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS). While working for the Community Forestry Resource Center, she developed and managed a group certification project for family forests and worked to increase local capacity to provide forest management and marketing services that are compatible with certification standards. She is also an experienced Forest Management Certification Lead Auditor. Kathryn has a BS in Forest Resources from the University of Minnesota, College of Natural Resources.


In addition to his role at Dovetail, Bowyer is professor emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and President of Bowyer and Associates, Inc. a consulting firm focused on helping organizations improve environmental performance. Dr. Bowyer earned a BS degree in forest management from Oklahoma State University (1964), a MS in forest products from Michigan State University (1966), and a PhD in wood science in technology from the University of Minnesota (1973). He has also published widely on the topics of wood and fiber science, bioenergy, life cycle assessment, green building standards, global raw material trends, and environmental policy and is a frequent speaker nationally and internationally on these topics.


The 'Innovations in Wood Design: Trends for a Sustainable Future' seminar will take place in Saint Paul, MN at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center on Thursday April 21st from 8:00am-2:00pm CST. For additional information and registration, visit:


This program is supported by the Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team established through a grant awarded by the Wood Education and Resource Center, Northeastern Area State and Private Forestry, Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.


About WoodWorks

WoodWorks is an initiative of the Wood Products Council, a cooperative venture of major North American wood associations, as well as research organizations, government agencies and other funding partners. WoodWorks was established to provide free technical support as well as education and resources related to the design of non-residential and multi-family wood buildings. WoodWorks seek to make it easier to design, engineer and construct wood buildings at less cost.


About the Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team

The Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team was established in 2015 through a grant from the USDA Forest Service. The team will strive to expand wood products markets and strengthen the forest industry in Minnesota while working to reduce hazardous fuels in the Superior and Chippewa National Forests and other state, county, and private forestlands. Led by the University of Minnesota Duluth's Natural Resources Research Institute and University of Minnesota Extension, the team represents Minnesota state agencies, universities, National Forests, State and other public and private landowners, economic development organizations, and private industry. This Team will focus on developing strategies and implementing on-the-ground actions that will enhance the forest industry and reduce fire risk in Minnesota in a sustainable manner. For additional information on MN SWIT, please contact Dovetail Partners at 612-333-0430.