The US’ Forest Products Laboratory celebrates 110 years of scientific research

4 June 2020 marked the 110th year since the doors opened at the Forest Products Laboratory (FPL). 

Since then, many advances have occurred in the world of wood. The FPL’s first mission to find preservatives for railroad ties, but their researchers have invented, developed and tested ways to use wood that improves lives, maintains the health of United States (US) forests, and supports forest-based economies. To date, FPL has produced more than 20,000 publications over the years for fellow researchers, industry partners or homeowners.

Some of FPL’s earliest research areas are still part of their mission today. As technology advances and resources change, FPL scientists have been able to continuously improve upon past work, and so it holds true that one of the world’s oldest building materials is also the wonder material of the future.