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Michigan Biomaterials Initiative:
The role of education, research, and technology

Hosted by
The Michigan Society of American Foresters

October 3 & 4, 2013
Great Wolf Lodge
Registration Code: 1310 FOREST
3575 N. US 131 South - Traverse City, MI 49685

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"Biomaterials" is a term used to describe any organic materials that are extracted from ecosystems, including but not limited to, wood, mushrooms, edible berries, and plant sap in terrestrial ecosystems and algae in aquatic ecosystems. From a life-cycle perspective, the issue is that of how to extract these materials from ecosystems without compromising their integrity; how to process these materials in a myriad of ways to fully utilize the resource; how to market them regionally, nationally, and globally; and how to recycle these "green materials" through the same or other materials, or back through ecosystems.

Participants will: (1) understand why the mostly highly regarded wood science and products academic programs in the country are rebranding themselves; (2) understand how academic institutions in other states are reaching out to others in partnerships as part of this rebranding, and realigning themselves with various industries given the new economic environment; and (3) contribute to the formulation of an educational process and identification of research and technology needs aimed at enhancing the role of biomaterials in the economic and social vitality of the state of Michigan while maintaining the integrity of the ecosystems that provide these materials.

Program Agenda

Day 1: Thursday, October 3
8:00 - 9:00 am Registration and Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15 am Welcome! Bernie Hubbard, Chair, Michigan SAF
9:15 - 10:15 am SAF Chapter Meetings
10:15 - 11:30 am State Society Business Meetings
11:30 - 1:00 pm Program Begins
Lunch - Welcome and Overview of Biomaterials Initiative
1:00 - 3:00 pm Presentations by delegations from the states of Virginia and North Carolina Terry Sharik, Michigan Tech
3:00 - 3:30 pm Break
3:30 - 5:30 pm Presentations by delegations from the states of Maine and Oregon
6:00 - 7:00 pm Social Hour
7:00 - 9:30 pm Banquet
Day 2: Friday, October 4
7:00 - 8:00 am Breakfast
8:00 - 10:00 am Breakout Sessions Terry Sharik, Michigan Tech
10:00 - 10:30 am Break
10:30 - Noon Discussion from Breakout Sessions
Noon - 1:00 pm Lunch
1:00 - 3:00 pm Strategies moving forward
3:00 pm Wrap up and adjourn

Michigan State Society Business and Chapter Meetings

Wednesday, October 2
SAF Executive Team
6:30 pm

Thursday, October 3 SAF Upper Peninsula Chapter meeting:
9:15 am - 10:15 am

SAF Lower Peninsula Chapter meeting:
9:15 am - 10:15 am

State SAF Business Meeting:
10:15 am - 11:30 am

Meeting Accommodations

A block of rooms is reserved at Great Wolf Lodge (3675 US 31, Traverse City) under the name "Society of American Foresters" until September 15, 2013.
$77.00/night for conference (excluding taxes and fees)
$139.22/night through weekend (excluding taxes and fees)

To make reservations, call (231) 941-3600

This meeting is approved for 10.0 CFE hours in Category 1-CF.


Program: Lee Mueller at MuellerL@northwoodsresources.com or (248) 318 1891
Registration: Elaine Cook at cooke@safnet.org or 866 897-8720 ext. 100