NAWLA Wood Basics Course

Fall Wood Basics - Oregon State University

NAWLA’s Board of Directors, in collaboration with its partners at Oregon State University, has decided to cancel its Fall Wood Basics Course, scheduled for September 14-18, 2020, in Corvallis, Oregon, in light of to the worsening public health situation in that area related to COVID-19.

All registrants will receive a full refund of their course fees, and NAWLA will cancel hotel room reservations on behalf of all registered participants.

While NAWLA remains committed to preparing new lumber industry professionals for a successful career, the health and safety of our members remains our top priority. NAWLA will reschedule the Wood Basics Course in 2021 at a time when it is better able to ensure the well-being of its attendees.

Please watch for additional updates on future in-person event dates, as well as virtual offerings that are available to help address your professional development needs in the meantime.

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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