Last month, NAWLA held its Spring Wood Basics course at Virginia Tech where more than 30 attendees learned the ins and outs of the forest products industry. Below, Mandy Wong, a member of NAWLA's operations staff, recaps her experience attending Wood Basics for the first time.
"People say the best way to learn is by doing. Well, while I did not participate in the lumber making process myself, I did learn the basics of wood by spending four days at this year's Spring Wood Basics learning about the lumber making process. As a NAWLA Headquarters team member, it was a great opportunity for me to become more informed on the science and logistics of this industry. It was also amazing to witness so many driven individuals ask our instructors and speakers industry questions that never would have crossed my mind, as well as forming friendships with each other throughout the course. From learning about the ecosystems where trees are cultivated while in a forestland, to understanding the roles of different machines used to create the final products on sawmill tours, I feel like I have got the basics of wood down pat. So if you ever need me when I am out of the office now, you can find me practicing grading lumber at my local home improvement store."
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If you missed the spring course, don't worry, there's still time to register for the fall course at Oregon State University, September 10-14. Click here to learn more.