Special Issue "Improving the Service Life of Wood: Durability and Preservation"

A special issue of Forests (ISSN 1999-4907). This special issue belongs to the section "Wood Science and Forest Products".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 25 February 2024 | Viewed by 73

Special Issue Editor

USDA-FS Forest Products Laboratory, Madison, WI 53726, USA
Interests: biodeterioration; wood durability; wood protection; treated wood disposal
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Sustainability and carbon sequestration are at the forefront of scientific discussion due to increasing concerns over climate change. Wood utilization is key to ensuring a sustainable future as wood is renewable, abundant, and carbon neutral. In fact, wood sequesters carbon in trees and in manufactured materials, which extends the carbon benefit past the rotation age of the tree. Construction materials represent an important carbon sink, and the goal in the field of wood protection is to prolong the useful service life of these forest products through the use of chemical protectants, durability by design, wood modification or the use of the heartwood of naturally durable species. In North America, building codes typically require chemically treated wood when used in ground contact, when critical to the structure or when difficult to replace, which often results in disposal issues with treated wood waste. Strategies that can remediate treated building materials are still needed to ensure that chemically treated wood has a circular life trajectory. The goal of this Special Issue is to collate current research relating to wood protection strategies, end of life disposal, life cycle assessments and how these aspects contribute to the larger goals of sustainability and carbon sequestration.  

Dr. Grant Kirker
Guest Editor

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All submissions that pass pre-check are peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Forests is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 2600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • wood protection
  • wood durability
  • carbon sequestration
  • life cycle assessment
  • end-of-life disposal
  • sustainable forest management

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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