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Forestry Career Guide

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Outside training available for traders

(This list is supplemental to article appearing in Random Lengths, Friday, April 7, 2000)

The following associations offer training programs for wood products traders:

3601 Algonquin Road, Suite 400
Rolling Meadows, Ill. 60008
Phone: (847) 870-7470
Fax: (847) 870-0201
Web site:

Northeastern Retail Lumber Association
585 North Greenbush Road
Rensselaer, NY, 12144
Phone: (518) 286-1010
Fax: 518-286-1755
Web site:

Virginia Tech Center For Forest Products Marketing and Management
1650 Ramble Road, mail code 0503
Blacksburg, Va. 24061
Phone: (540) 231-9759
Fax: (540) 231-8868
Web site:

Western Red Cedar Lumber Association
555 Burrard St., Suite 1200
Vancouver, B.C., V7X1S7
Phone: (604) 684-0266
Fax: (604) 687-4930

The Society of Wood Science and Technology
Web site:

Universities that offer degrees specifically in wood products marketing:

Virginia Tech (address above)

Pennsylvania State University
213 Furguson Building
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: (814) 865-4237
Fax: (814) 865-3725

Oregon State University
119 Richardson Hall; College of Forestry
Corvallis, Ore., 97331-5751
Phone: (541) 737-4257
Fax: (541) 737-3385

West Virginia University
P.O. Box 6125
Morgantown, WV 26506-6125
Phone: (304) 293-2941
Fax: (304) 293-2441
E-mail: jarmstro@wvu.ed

Wednesday, August 17, 2022