The Think Wood Mobile Tour will stop at University of Arkansas at Monticello on 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. until 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.”
Dr. Philip Tappe, Dean of the College of Forestry, Agriculture and Natural Resources, said the open house and Think Wood exhibit provide an excellent opportunity to learn about changing technologies in forestry.
“Well managed, healthy forests provide a host of environmental and social benefits while simultaneously providing jobs and contributing significantly to the economy of Arkansas,” Tappe said. “Our college and faculty are committed to teaching those concepts and practices.”
The Think Wood mobile exhibit debuted at the National Building Museum in late October when U.S. Rep. 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 will be held in December.