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History of the Forest Products Laboratory

Interview #979: Lunstrum, Stanford J. (June, 2009)

View all of Second Interview Session (August 19, 2008)

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00:27:50 - 00:29:40 Projects

projects, satisfaction, challenges, lumber specifications, industry, sawmills

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Segment number eight.

Sometimes we would try to show what we accomplished or hoped to accomplish in terms of what people could understand. For example, if all sawmills in this country could reduce their saw kerf by one-thirty-second of an inch, and that doesn't sound like much, but we could save enough wood to build the whole city of Madison (Wisconsin) and that's just one year of savings and that's a lot of homes. We felt that we had a great impact on the sawmilling industry and as a result of our work with the sawmillers, they, of course, made more money but in turn they paid more taxes so the tax dollars then that they would generate because of our assistance would more than pay for the cost of our programs. This was very fulfilling in that sense and we felt that the work that we did had a large impact on our nation's economy as well as conserving or extending our resources.

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