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International Academy of Wood Science 2018 Annual Meeting

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Wood Culture: Responsible Wood Usage for a Sustainable Future

Wood culture can be defined as the human use of and activities with wood, as well as attitudes toward wood, wood products and wood-related environments. “The value and the way we use wood in our society” The International Wood Culture Society was established in June of 2007 to raise public awareness of wood as an eco-friendly biomaterial and encourage academic research and responsible wood usage for a sustainable wood future. The Society established World Wood Day on March 21st each year to celebrate the human use of and activities with wood, as well as attitudes toward wood, wood products and wood-related environments. To manage these celebrations, the World Wood Day Foundation was established in June of 2013. The Foundation also manages funds and grants for World Wood Day (WWD) and the global research, education and promotion of wood culture.

The first World Wood Day (WWD) was held in Dar Es Salam, Tanzania in 2013; followed by Fujian, China in 2014; Eskisehir, Turkey in 2015; Katmandu, Nepal in 2016; Long Beach, California, USA in 2017; and Siem Reap, Cambodia in 2018, and Graz, Austria for 2019. Activities at each celebration include wood carving, wood turning, a technical symposium, tree planting, wooden instrument musical festival, furniture making, wooden folk art, a children’s program, and a collaborative project. These programs continue our wood heritage and traditions with creative new ideas for our daily develop a greater appreciation for the interplay between wood, nature, and the people who work with and use wood. This talk will give examples of how these goals are accomplished.

Howard Rosen
US Forest Service
United States

 


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