WVFA Board Members Receive Outstanding Technical Writing Award

Pictured from left to right: Jeff Jenkins FRA, Curt Hassler, WVU AHC, and Joe McNeel, WVU AHC. Not pictured: Jordan Thompson, WVU AHC.

Curt Hassler, Joseph McNeel, and Jordan Thompson, with WVU AHC, Morgantown, WV were recently named the second-place winners in the Forest Resources Association’s Appalachian Region Technical Writing Award competition for 2021. This annual award recognizes the best Technical Releases published and posted on FRA’s website.

Curt, Joseph, and Jordan wrote Technical Release 20-R-29, An Assessment of the Current Log Grading, Scaling, and Procurement Practices in the Appalachian Hardwood Industry. Their Technical Release describes the research conducted with over 60 sawmills in six states. The Technical Release documents how the hardwood industry, in the absence of a standardized industry-wide log

grading system, conducts grading and scaling operations for hardwood logs in the Appalachian region. The research will help identify common grading and scaling measurement protocols that could be used in the development of a regional hardwood log grading and scaling system.

Curt Hassler WVU AHC, Joe McNeel WVU AHC, and Jordan Thompson, WVU AHC (not pictured) are winners of FRA’s Appalachian Region 2nd Place Technical Writing Award for 2021.

The Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) was established by legislation in West Virginia to provide the hardwood industry a world class research and development facility.

Want to Read the Assessment? FRA members can find it in the members-only login area of www.forestresources.org.