Portable Sawmill Operations and Lumber Drying

June 28-29, 2017
Northeast Community College – Agricultural Complex
Norfolk, Nebraska

There is a growing interest  in the use of portable sawmills in Nebraska. Businesses, private individuals and arborists are becoming increasingly involved in the utilization of Nebraska’s wood resources. As a result, the Nebraska Forest Service is hosting a sawmill and lumber drying workshop on June 28-29.

This two-day event covers a number of topics and offers new information for both beginner sawmill operators and long-time lumber producers. The workshop is split into two, one-day sessions. Each day consists of both indoor and outdoor learning opportunities.

Attendees can register for either individual workshop days ($30 per day) or both days ($50). If you attend the workshop for both days, you will also receive a paperback copy of “Manufacturing and Marketing of Eastern Hardwood Lumber Produced by Thin Kerf Band Mills,” by Daniel L. Cassens in addition to the standard workshop materials.

  • Breaks and lunches are included with registration fees.
  • Due to the size of the event space, and to allow for more hands-on learning, the number of attendees will be limited to 25 people each day.
  • CEUs will be made available from ISA, NAA, and SAF


Day 1: Sawmilling 

  • Review of Nebraska lumber markets
  • Wood science and characteristics
  • Identifying defects in logs
  • Sawmill setup, maintenance and operations
  • Sawing technique
  • Sawing demonstrations

Day 2: Lumber drying 

  • Wood and water relationships
  • Air drying
  • Kiln drying
  • Lumber stacking
  • Reducing defects in lumber
  • Lumber grading basics

For questions and information, please contact Adam Smith at 402-472-1276 or

Tree Risk and Defects Workshops

July 24-27th
Four locations:
Omaha, Grand Island, Gothenburg, Alliance
(Specific dates & addresses located below)

surveyors look at trees at another workshop

Join Mark Duntemann and the Nebraska Forest Service for a day of lecture and outdoor discussion on reading the landscape and the body language of trees. Developed specifically for public works employees, landscape managers, tree board volunteers, code enforcement officials, and arborists. This workshop will assist those who manage trees in their communities to better understand potential risk, how to address it, and to proactively manage community forest.

  • $50 per workshop
  • Workshops will run from 9 AM  to 3:30 PM
  • ISA/NAA education credits are available
  • Lunch is provided
  • Class size is limited to 30 participants

About Mark: Mark is the owner of Natural-Path Urban Forestry Consultants.  He has traveled internationally speaking on tree risk and urban forestry policy development and has served as an expert witness on tree litigation cases. He uses these experiences to provide perspective on tree risk management in his workshops.

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