USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory

The USDA Forest Service, Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) in Madison, Wisconsin, works with APA and numerous partners in academia, government, and industry on a variety of product and building system research programs.

FPL's mission is to identify and conduct innovative wood and fiber utilization research that contributes to conservation and productivity of the forest resource, thereby sustaining forests, the economy, and quality of life. To support its mission, FPL opened its new 90,000-square-foot Centennial Research Facility in June 2010. The dynamic multiple-use laboratory allows scientists to perform full-scale testing of wood-framed buildings, formulate new environmentally friendly wood preservatives, develop advanced composite products in a manufacturing-friendly space, and test the durability of wood products with a one-of-a-kind weathering chamber. Learn more about FPL's Research in Progress.

FPL headquartersContact FPL

USDA Forest Service
Forest Products Laboratory
One Gifford Pinchot Drive
Madison, WI 53726
Phone (608) 231-9200

Fast Facts about the FPL

  • Located in Madison, Wisconsin, since 1910
  • Nation's only federally funded wood utilization research laboratory
  • Currently employs 60 research scientists
  • Primarily or partly responsible for many of today's wood-based technologies, including wood preservatives, glulam beams, and OSB
  • Research Partnerships located in virtually every state in the nation