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Madison, Wisconsin: Forest Products Lab

  • July 15, 2016
  • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
  • USDA Forest Service Forest Products Laboratory

Tour of Forest Products Lab

Established in 1910 by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service, the FPL was chartered to serve as a wood research laboratory. The tour will include a brief orientation session and a walk through the Laboratory to view research projects being conducted in-house. Also on site, a two story, 2,200 sq. ft. house designed to show proper installation of energy conservation features such as a tankless hot water heater and energy efficient appliances, moisture control techniques such as drainage and vapor barriers, and new wood products and applications such as a wood foundation and recycled wood/waste composite roofing.

Directions: Approach Madison from the southwest on Rtes 18/151.  Where Rte 18 merges with Rte 14, go straight ahead and under the Rte 14 overpass.  Drive on Midvale Avenue approximately two miles to University Avenue.  Turn right onto University Avenue and drive until you reach Campus Drive (a little less than one mile). Stay in the right hand lane for Old University Avenue. Go to the second stoplight on Old University Avenue and turn left onto Walnut Street (a gas station is at this corner). Go under the bridge and take the second turn to the left at the sign for Forest Products Laboratory. This is Gifford Pinchot Drive. FPL is straight ahead. Go to the end of the drive and around the circle to the front of the building where there is visitor parking.

Gather in the main lobby which is just inside the main entrance for the building.  We will have a short film that explains the workings of the Lab, then a tour of the facilities.

Address: Forest Products Laboratory

One Gifford Pinchot Drive, Madison, WI 53726

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