Monticello AR- The Think Wood Mobile Tour is stopping at University of Arkansas at Monticello Monday, November 25. The stop coincides with the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources Open House. The exhibit, reception, and open house will be held from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the Chamberlain Forest Resources Complex on the UAM campus. Displays on forestry projects and activities will be available, as well as tours of teaching and research laboratories. The UAM College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources offers the only accredited forestry degree in the state. The Think Wood Mobile Exhibit is a museum-quality display that showcases the environmental and economic benefits of different softwood lumber and engineered wood products and their many uses in both residential and commercial construction. The traveling exhibit features a variety of interactive elements, props, and models telling the wood story from the forest to the market.
The exhibit is presented in partnership by the Softwood Lumber Board (SLB), U.S. Forest Service, the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, the APA – Engineered Wood Association, and endorsed by the National Building Museum. Wood products, including mass timber, have seen strong growth in the last decade as they meet demands for sustainable and affordable living and working spaces. Wood is the only major building material that is renewable. When wood is used in construction, it continues to store carbon for the life of the structure, minimizing a building’s carbon footprint. “The Think Wood Mobile Tour provides a window into the possibilities of wood for developers, architects, engineers and other stakeholders across the country,” said Ryan Flom, Chief Marketing Officer at SLB. “Where most see just a tree, we see the future of the built environment.”
“Our Open House and the Think Wood exhibit provide an excellent opportunity to learn about changing technologies in forestry” said Dr. Philip Tappe, Dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources. “Well managed, healthy forests provide a host of environmental and social benefits while simultaneously providing jobs and contributing significantly to the economy of Arkansas. Our college and faculty are committed to teaching those concepts and practices,” said Tappe. The Think Wood mobile exhibit debuted at the National Building Museum in late October. U.S. Representative from the Arkansas 4th District Bruce Westerman delivered the keynote address for the unveiling. Other nationwide stops for the Think Wood mobile unit include, The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitats in Chicago. A remodeling show and Expo in Louisville and the Residential Construction Show in Portland Oregon to be held in December.
About the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources
The mission of the University of Arkansas at Monticello College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources is to nurture the intellectual and personal development of students, enlarge the body of knowledge in forestry, agriculture, and natural resource management, disseminate new ideas and technology, and promote the use of creative, science-based solutions that enhance the quality of life of people and communities.
The University of Arkansas at Monticello offers all its programs to all eligible persons without regard to race, color, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital or veteran status, genetic information, or any other legally protected status, and is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
Lon Tegels, Communication Director
College of Forestry, Agriculture & Natural Resources