MN State Wood Innovation Team Encourages Local Firms to Attend the Upcoming Mass Timber Conference

(Minneapolis, MN) -  The Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team, a collaborative effort to support new forest sector opportunities, encourages local firms and companies to attend the upcoming Mass Timber Conference taking place in Portland, Oregon on March 23-24th, 2016.


"The development of Mass Timber technologies offers important opportunities for companies that serve the building sector," says Brian Brashaw, Program Manager of the USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Marketing Unit, and team member of the Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team.


The Mass Timber Conference will focus on cross-laminated timber (CLT), glulam, nail laminated timber, and other mass timber wood products and their applications. The newly-redesigned Portland Marriott Downtown Waterfront in Portland will serve as home for the conference where the participants will address the obstacles and opportunities for:

  • the entire supply chain in creating a CLT industry in North America
  • midrise and tall wood buildings
  • incorporating more mass timber products in hybrid commercial structures
  • other topics.


Expected attendees include: architects, engineers, city planners, sawmills, mass timber manufacturers, loggers, mass timber equipment manufacturers and suppliers, economic developers, environmental NGO's, and land managers.


"We are seeing the next generation of forest sector opportunities emerge - from renewable energy applications to recycling breakthroughs and incredible new building designs - it is an exciting time to work in the woods," says Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners and member of the Minnesota State Wood Innovation Team.


More information about the Mass Timber Conference, including registration details, are available at:



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.