The West Virginia University Appalachian Hardwood Center (AHC) hosted a webinar on the Status of Domestic Wood Packaging Material (dWPM) on January 24th, 2014. The following video is the archive copy of this webinar.
The possibility of a requirement for all wood packaging material (WPM) to be "phytosanitized" arose in 2009 when the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) posted an Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) to that effect. This webinar on dWPM will cover the evolution of this specific issue as well as others in the time period from 2009 to the present.
- Jeff Slahor—AHC and Host, Introduction and a brief summary of events as well as a brief description of the Wood Education & Resource Center (WERC) funded project making this informational webinar possible.
- Paul Chaloux — APHIS, The evolution of APHIS's approach to dWPM as a vector in spreading invasive species such as the emerald ash borer as well as other issues related to dWPM.
- Brent McClendon — National Wood and Pallet Container Association (NWPCA), will cover the history of managing the issue of invasive insects and their threat to US forests and forests worldwide.
Additional information about the NWPCA and USDA APHIS MOU (memorandum of understanding) to enforce the methyl bromide treatment program and background on work with the World Pallet Congress and their dealings at the international level with the International Plant Protection Convention will be shared.
- John Swenby — 9BLOC™ Pallet Logistics & Unit Load Solutions, on how his organization offers the traditional "whitewood" pallet manufacturer a way to be more competitive and cost efficient in the ever tightening WPM market place.
- Larry Osborn — WVU AHC, the history, research, and rationale behind dry pallets versus green pallets.
The webinar sponsors included the West Virginia University – Appalachian Hardwood Center and the U.S. Forest Service, Wood Education and Resource Center.