This month, I’d like to provide a summary of the Wood Supply Research Institute’s actions in 2012 and their significance and impact on WSRI’s Mission to conduct meaningful research supporting wood supply chain improvements.
And here it is—2013!
WSRI’s Annual Meeting is set for April 17 at the Hyatt Regency Riverfront in Jacksonville, Florida, the day before FRA’s Annual Meeting begins at the same location. Registration materials and meeting details should be available by the time you read these words.
Executive Director, WSRI
“Top Five Factors For Success” - WSRI projects at times provide the opportunity to amplify certain aspects of the primary project, and Don Taylor’s recently completed Supplier-Consumer Relations project provided just such an opportunity.
After 14 years—and 20 completed research projects— WSRI has matured into a 501(c)3 organization. That status change brings us many advantages in asset management and fundraising, but it has also increased our overhead costs. We now carry General Liability and Directors and Officers Insurance, and a forthcoming full audit is also part of the cost of “growing up.” The Executive Director is now an employee of WSRI, rather than a consultant, which also adds costs, in the form of employment taxes.
This spring, the WSRI Board took further steps to increase non-members’ awareness of the 18 current WSRI Projects that are accessible to all, and to publicize these Projects’ findings.
By poplar request, and with WSRI Board approval, WSRI and the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) have agreed to co-sponsor a new research project through Auburn University by Dr. Tom Gallagher and Dr. Mathew Smidt on “Factors Affecting Fuel Consumption and Harvesting Cost.” As fuel costs rise, this Project’s data will grow dramatically in value.