Crossties

SEP-OCT 2018

Crossties is published for users and producers of treated wood crossties.

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RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US RTA EVENT CALENDAR CONTACT US ADVERTISE Stella-Jones Corp. Railway Tie Association Wheeler Lumber Nisus Corporation MiTek Industries CROSSTIES • SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2018 25 Savolia Spottswood Majoring in wood science and technology at West Virginia University in Morgantown, Savolia Spottswood has assisted her professors for projects on several occasions: a teacher's assistant for dendrology course, where she was responsible for 18 students during pre-walks in the field and for preparing samples for lab the next day; a field research assistant responsible for recording the diameter at breast height of trees; and a research assistant responsible for testing and research sample presentation as well as maintaining lab space organization and cleanliness. As a senior wood science and technology major with an emphasis on wood processing and a minor in sustainable design, Spottswood said her educational focus is in pursuit of a bio-economy and its full implementation in the United States. "When I first came to West Virginia University, I enrolled as a forest resource management undergraduate student, not sure what I was going to do with it but intrigued by the forest. By the end of my first year…I realized the application of wood products sparked my interest more than the study of forest management, and since then I've been a wood science student." Post-graduation, Spottswood said she plans to be involved in the development of sustainable treated wood products for outdoor application. She met Tony Chambers, a member of the Railway Tie Association at the West Virginia University Forestry and Natural Resources Alumni Banquet. Chambers shared information on dual treatment of wood using borate and creosote. "He said the treatment is more environmentally friendly yet just as effective as a creosote-only treatment." Spottswood did her own follow-up research on the subject of dual treatment and sparked an interest in finding long-term solutions for wood products treatment. "This is exactly the kind of thing I want to involve myself in. Not only is it related to my field of study, but it also incorporates a bio-based treatment that can be really beneficial for the environment and the economy. Using sustainable practices is exactly where my passion is, and I aspire to see the wood preservative industry more widely adopt a bio-friendly approach."

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