Global Forest Resources and Market Developments

Thursday, March 31, 2011
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
107 Richardson Hall, College of Forestry, Oregon State University, Corvallis, OR

 Dr. Ed Pepke is a Forest Products Marketing Specialist for the United Nation's Economic Commission for Europe and Food and Agriculture Organization.  Stationed in Geneva Switzerland, he has worked in the Timber Section of the UN secretariat since 1991.  He is responsible for the UNECE/FAO Forest Products Marketing Programme.  His current work involves analyzing forest products markets for logs, lumber/sawnwood, panel products, pulp and paper and certified forest products in the UNECE's region of North America, Europe, and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

He writes publications on the forest products markets, organizes seminars on special topics and conducts the annual market discussions at the UNECE Timber Committee meeting (with its representatives from the 56 UNECE member countries).  He is or was the secretariat for the Timber Committee's and the FAO European Forestry Commission's teams of specialists on: 1. Forest Products Marketing; 2. Forest Communicators Network; 3. Certification of Forest Products; 4. New Products, Recycling, Markets and Application of Technology; 5. Wood and Energy; 6. Forest Roads; and 7. Recycling, Energy and Market Interactions. 

Prior to working for the United Nations, Ed was a marketing specialist for 15 years with the United States Forest Service.  His duties involved marketing and industrial development assistance in 20 states and private industry.  The marketing work was in solid wood products, furniture, energy wood and improved wood utilization.  He was the Northeastern Area's Timber Bridge Coordinator.  He also provided technical assistance on marketing and processing to the primary and secondary wood products industry.  Part of his duties involved transferring technology developed by research to potential users.  For his research and technology transfer work in ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture and cabinets, before leaving he received the Forest Service's "Chief's Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer" and the "Federal Laboratory Consortium Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer." 

His initial work with the Forest Service surrounded the development and implementation of the Rough-mill Improvement Program called "RIP" for short.  RIP was a broad assistance program designed to transfer a wide range of technology to lumber processors.  A computer program which provided information on correct grade choice for hardwood lumber users enabled companies to substantially improve their processing efficiency. 

Ed Pepke’s undergraduate studies at Michigan State University were in forestland management, i.e. forestry.  His masters’ degree is in forest products technology.  He completed his doctoral degree in 1980 in forest products marketing and production management. 

Ed has worked in both primary and secondary wood processing companies throughout the eastern United States.  He currently lives with his wife in France (next to Geneva).