Join Dovetail at Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference

Event to connect industry, manufacturing, building, health and wellness 


(Minneapolis, MN) - Join Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based environmental  think-tank, at the Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference to be held in Grand Rapids, MI on February 1 -2, 2017.

The theme of the Michigan Forest Bioeconomy Conference is Familiar Stakeholders - New Connections, which illustrates an important objective of the meeting: to begin connecting traditional forest product industries with a wide variety of Michigan manufacturing sectors, particularly buildings, furnishings, transportation, health and wellness, and chemical products.  The conference is designed to inform communities and businesses about the forest bioeconomy, and for the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute to receive input from sponsors and attendees to guide future actions and activities.

On Wednesday, February 1st, Dr. Jim Bowyer, Director of Responsible Materials for Dovetail Partners, will be a keynote speaker.  Dr. Bowyer is Professor Emeritus, University of Minnesota Department of Bioproducts and Biosystems Engineering, and an Elected Fellow of the International Academy of Wood Science.   Dr. Bowyer will also speak in the afternoon on the topic of wood reuse and recycling.

In addition to a general session on the forest bioeconomy, the conference will have 3 concurrent sessions to address the key areas of: Mass Timber Buildings, Wood Innovation, and Wood Recycling - areas that are exciting and emerging areas of growth potential for Michigan.  The aim is to promote an economy on a circular path of sustainable use, typified with a wood resource from Michigan forests, farms and cities.

The conference is hosted by the Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute.  More information and registration is available online at:




About The Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute
The Michigan Forest Biomaterials Institute (MiFBI) works to promote economic development concerning the growth, utilization and recycling of forest biomaterials. We aim to identify resources and incentives needed to develop a high, sustainable quality of life in Michigan through the optimal use of natural resources.