ALDER GENETIC IMPROVEMENT FOR THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST FOREST PRODUCTS INDUSTRY.

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Agriculture
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$460,000.00
Award Year:
2011
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
2011-02364
Award Id:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2011-02364
Solicitation Year:
2011
Solicitation Topic Code:
8.1
Solicitation Number:
USDA-NIFA-SBIR-00339
Small Business Information
1500 SW FIRST AVE STE 940, Portland, OR, 97201-5823
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
601055739
Principal Investigator:
Brian Stanton
Managing Director, Tree Improvement Grou
(971) 533-7052
brian.stanton@gwrglobal.com
Business Contact:
Kerri Ladish
Corporate Office Manager
(971) 533-7055
kerri.ladish@gwrglobal.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Red alder is the predominant commercial hardwood species of the Pacific Northwest. It is an early successional species that rapidly regenerates following fire or clearcutting and normally precedes the establishment of the historically preferred Douglas-fir. As such, past conifer forestry management practices were designed to speed the transition to Douglas-fir through alder eradication efforts. Consequently, today there is a critical shortage of quality alder logs at the same time the species has become highly prized in domestic and international hardwood furniture, cabinetry, and specialty product markets. Accordingly, red alder plantations are now the leading strategy to forestall the supply shortage of quality saw logs because of favorable rates of financial return in addition to their unique contribution to overall ecosystem function. The success of an alder plantation industry is contingent upon elite, well-adapted planting stock, capable of improved yields and wood quality. GreenWood Resources proposes an alder genetic improvement program that replicates its highly successful and integrated hybrid poplar genetic improvement and plantation management programs. Phase II results will lead to improved alder varieties capable of high yields, reduced risk of spring frost injury, increased site adaptability and improved wood quality. Our work will lead directly to development of GreenWood Resources' red alder nursery business. This is a necessary and important prelude to GreenWood's development of a short-rotation, high-yield alder tree farm investment fund. This fund will secure the Pacific Northwest's red alder sawmilling, lumber, furniture, door, cabinetry, and specialty products industries.

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