NAWLA Wood Basics Course

Fall Wood Basics - Oregon State University

In light of the challenges created by the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, NAWLA's Board of Directors and partners at Oregon State University are planning to to host one in-person Wood Basics Course in 2021.

Assuming public health conditions and local regulations permit, the Fall Wood Basics Course will be held September 13-16, 2021, in Corvallis, Oregon.

Please watch for additional details about next fall's program. Thank you for your continued support of NAWLA education.

About Wood Basics


The NAWLA Wood Basics Course was started in 1981 to educate and develop a skilled workforce for the forest products industry. More than 1,500 professionals have graduated from the course since its inception, representing a broad cross section of the industry. Since that time, the curriculum has evolved with the industry, in areas such as technology and global trade. Today, the Wood Basics Course provides companies the best value and option to ensure its employees have the tools and knowledge to help them succeed.


The Wood Basics Course is a four-day immersion class that includes both classroom training and field operations. The curriculum encompasses the entire spectrum of the forest products industry: from seed to tree, from production to sales. Classes are taught by industry experts and cover all the topics relevant to success, such as:

  • Sales Training
  • Product Segmentation
  • Price & Cost Trends
  • Logistics & Transportation
  • Forest Management & Operations


The instructors are recognized experts in their respective fields, including corporate executives and industry consultants. The Department of Wood Science & Engineering, College of Forestry at Oregon State University and the Department of Sustainable Biomaterials, College of Natural Resources and Environment at Virginia Tech. University provide many of the facilities, while their professors also act as instructors.

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