116th Annual Meeting

April 26-28, 2020 at the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe in Incline Village, Nevada USA


Join us in stunning Incline Village, Nevada, for what promises to be excellent technical and social programs! Come early to catch the last few days of resort skiing or do some fishing for Mackinaw trout at Carnelian Bay. Or stay after the meeting and ride the North Lake Tahoe Ale Trail. With dozens of trails, the outdoorsman won’t be disappointed, but no matter what your interests are opportunities abound to find adventure in beautiful Incline Village.


AWPA Meeting Registration

Register to attend the meeting by March 20 for early registration discounts, or pre-register before April 10. On-site registration will be available, but at higher rates and only if space is available.

Early Registration: Until March 20, 2020 (Members $595, Non-members $795)

Pre-Registration: March 20-April 10, 2020 (Members $675, Non-members $875)

On-site registration: April 25-28, 2020 (Members $750, Non-members $950)

Click here to register online

Click here to download a printable registration form


Getting to Incline Village

Reno-Tahoe International Airport is the closest commercial airport (just a 45 minute drive) to North Lake Tahoe offering 23 non-stop flights serviced by 9 airlines, with convenient connections from virtually any city in the US and abroad.  Sacramento International Airport is a short 2 hour drive, while San Francisco Airport is only 3.5 hours away. Rental cars are available at all area airports, and self-parking is complimentary for all AWPA meeting attendees.

Landing at the Reno-Tahoe International Airport? To make your way to the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, a paid shuttle service is available.  Catch a ride on the North Lake Tahoe Express Shuttle to and from the Hotel.  Book your reservations now:  https://www.northlaketahoeexpress.com


Hotel Reservations

The meeting will take place at the scenic Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe, located at 111 Country Club Drive in Incline Village, Nevada.  The deadline for hotel reservations at the group rate is April 2, 2020 at 11:59 PM Pacific time. For reservations by phone, please call 775-832-1234 or 877-803-7534. 

Click here to make your hotel reservations online


Spouse/Guest Registration

Each person accompanying a registered attendee (a spouse or any guests) must be registered to attend the receptions. A badge is required for entry to all AWPA events. Plans are underway for an exciting spouse/guest tour.  Details will be provided as soon as they're available!  A come-and-go Breakfast will be available in the hotel on Tuesday for registered spouses and guests. As always, we look forward to seeing you at the Awards Reception on Tuesday night.  Click here to register for the spouse/guest program online.


The 2020 Hacker's Classic Moves to Nevada

We are very pleased to announce that the famed Toiyabe (toy-ah-bee) Golf Club in Washoe Valley, Nevada, has been selected to host the AWPA 2020 Hacker's Classic Golf Tournament. Set near Washoe Lake at the base of the majestic Sierra Nevada Mountains, Toiyabe Golf Club features some of the most stunning views the Reno-Tahoe area has to offer. This 18-hole, Robert Muir Graves design features a links-style front nine with a more traditional alpine-style back nine, both with lush undulating fairways and greens that roll true. Add in the soaring pines, stimulating elevated tees and water hazards on 14 holes.  The Tournament will be held the morning of Sunday, April 26, 2020 just before the start of the AWPA Annual Meeting in Lake Tahoe, Nevada.  The Hacker's Classic will feature a scramble format, shot-gun start, and various prize events on select holes.  A BBQ lunch and decaled golf shirt is included with your registration fee. Don’t forget to sign-up for the Hacker's Classic when you register for the AWPA Annual Meeting.  Be sure to register early to ensure availability.


Pickler's Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk

The 2020 Pickler’s Prance 5K Fun Run/Walk will give participants a scenic view of North Lake Tahoe, and will take place the morning of Sunday, April 26th.  Register now if you plan to participate!


Suppliers Showcase

The Suppliers Showcase is a great way to make potential customers aware of your products and services at a very reasonable price. The Suppliers Showcase is normally held in conjunction with coffee breaks for a more comfortable, inviting interaction with potential sales contacts. We intentionally limit the number of spaces to maximize your opportunities to meet the people who need your products and/or services. So if you are interested, please be sure to inquire soon. Please note that registration includes full meeting registration for one person, member or non-member.  Click here to register online.

Current Suppliers include:


Student Travel Fellowship Fund Contributions and Silent Auction

There are two ways to support our Student Travel Fellowship Fund: Financial contributions and a donation to our Annual Meeting Silent Auction. Click here to make a financial contribution online. To donate an item for the Silent Auction, please give us a call at +1-205-733-4077 or send us a message so that we can determine the best way to ship the item or present the donation at the Annual Meeting. 


Things to See and Do on Lake Tahoe

The official North Lake Tahoe website is a wealth of information on all things North Lake Tahoe... visit their site now to begin planning your trip:  https://www.gotahoenorth.com/


116th Annual Meeting Schedule of Events

(TENTATIVE:  Subject to change)

Meeting General Chair: Jeff Morrell

General Vice Chair: (TBA)

Program Chair: Jim Healey


Saturday, April 25, 2020

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Executive Committee Meeting


Sunday, April 26, 2020

8:00 am - Pickler's Prance 5k Fun Run/Walk

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Registration Desk Open

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Suppliers' Showcase Setup

1:00 pm to 5:00 pm - Task Group Meetings (added as requests are received)

  • 1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - (open)
  • 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm - T-1 Education Task Group
  • 3:00 pm to 3:30 pm - T-7 Standard M23 Task Group
  • 3:30 pm to 4:00 pm - (open)
  • 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm - (open)

3:00 pm to 5:30 pm - Treated Wood Council Government Affairs Meeting (TWC members only)

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - President's Reception


Monday, April 27, 2020

8:00 am to 10:00 am - Opening Session

  • Welcome, invocation, and recognition of sponsors and guests
  • Award of Merit Presentation to Dr. John N.R. Ruddick
  • General Committee Reports
  • First Vice President's Address
  • President's Address

10:00 am to 10:15 am - Business Session

  • Call to Order
  • Antitrust Reminder
  • Treasurer's Report
  • Membership Report
  • Resolutions
  • General Election Results

10:30 am to 12:00 pm - Technical Session 1:  Mike Freeman Memorial Symposium

Session Coordinator: Craig McIntyre, McIntyre Associates

  • On the Shoulders of Giants - Mike Barnes, Mississippi State University
  • Better Call Saul Mike - Copper Naphthenate and Mike Freeman - Jim Brient, Sierra Vista Consulting
  • FTIR Analysis of Creo/Petroleum Solutions - Stacey McKinney, Koppers
  • Antisapstain Review - Jeff Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast
  • Micronized Copper Azole (MCA) Preservative: Treatability and Performance - Jun Zhang, Koppers

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm to 5:30 pm - Technical Session 2: Colley/Hartford Memorial Lecture and Research Symposium

Session Coordinator: Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University

  • Investigating 4,5-dichoro-2-N-octyl-4-isothiazolin-3-one (DCOI) as an effective oil-borne preservative for utility poles alongside well-established oil-borne treatments. Gerald Presley, Oregon State University
  • Performance Characteristics of a Dazomet-Based Solid Fumigant Stick - Doug Herdman, Randy Marquardt, Tom Pope, Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.
  • Long-term Performance of Window Treatments - Andy Zahora, Viance
  • XRF Analysis of DCOI - Andy Zahora, Viance
  • An Updated Decay Hazard Map for the U.S. - Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Nano Coatings and Water Repellency with Mass Timber- Forrest Schultz, University of Wisconsin Stout
  • Portable X-Ray Evaluation of Treatment Variation in a CCA Treated Slash Pine/Caribbean Pine Hybrid - Jeff Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast. J. Norton


Tuesday, April 28, 2020

8:30 am to 10:00 am - Technical Session 3: Student Research

  • Ongoing Evaluation of Decay Effect on Tension Perpendicular to Grain Properties of Wood - Brianna Duquette, Mississippi State University
  • Prototype Development for the Study of Wood Hygroscopy Through Image Analysis and Recognition - David Milsted, Mississippi State University
  • Modification of Wood by Liquid-Precursor Thermal Spray Coating - Ganesh Sedhain, Mississippi State University
  • Fire-Protection Using Polyelectrolyte Complexes - Marie Soula, Universite Laval

10:30 am to 12:00 pm - Technical Session 4a:  Environmental Performance of Treated Wood

  • Copper Levels in Simulated Rainfall from MCA-Treated Lumber - Matt Konkler, Jed Cappellazzi, Gerald Presley, Oregon State University. Jeff Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast.
  • Best Management Practices: The Long Journey to Acceptance and Future Prospects - Dallin Brooks, Western Wood Preservers Institute
  • Use of the Brooks Model to Predict Impacts of Damage to Polyurea Coatings on Potential for Exceeding Minimum Effects Levels - Matt Konkler, Oregon State University. Jeff Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast

10:30 am to 12:00 pm - Technical Session 4b: Cross Laminated Timber 

  • Durability of Micronized Copper Azole Type-C (MCA-C) Treated Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) Against Termites and Decay Fungi in Laboratory Tests - Mustafa N. Kaya and Hyungsuk Lim, Mississippi State University. Juliet Tang, USDA Forest Service. 
  • Performance of Termiticide Treatment on Mass Timber Panels - Mark Mankowski, USDA Forest Products Laboratory
  • Mass Timber Panels: A Guide to Accelerated Testing on a Big Scale - Matt Konkler and Jed Cappellazzi, Oregon State University. Grant Kirker, USDA Forest Products Laboratory. Ari Sinha. Beth Stokes, Mississippi State University.

12:00 pm to 1:30 pm - Lunch (on your own)

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Technical Session 5a:  Railroad Issues

  • Creosote Plant Worker Exposure - N. Skoulis
  • Understanding Creosote - S. Smith and N. Skoulis
  • RTA Supported Research: The Long View Equal Value - Jim Gauntt, Railway Tie Association
  • The Effects of Height on Decay and Fungal Colonization in Air-Seasoning Hardwood - Rogers. Jed Cappellazzi and Gerald Presley, Oregon State University
  • Eight Year in Track Report on Performance of ACZA Treated Ties - Tim Carey, Lonza. Michael Sanders, Mississippi State Forest Products Laboratory

1:30 pm to 3:00 pm - Technical Session 5b: Novel and Innovative Research

  • Improved Impregnation of Impregnable Pine and Refractory Spruce Wood Species by Bio-Based Emulsion Gel Industrial Formulations - D. Messaoudi. K. Ruel, J.P Joseleau
  • Effect of Quaternary Ammonium Compounds and Polymeric Betaine on Wheel Bearings of Treatment Cylinder Trams - Min Chen, Geoff Webb, J. Butler, Troy Corporation
  • Design and Implementation of an Accelerated Field Simulator Based on AWPA E14: Decay Progression and DNA Sequencing in the Presence of Aggressive Basidiomycetes - James Hurley, Ed Nichenko, K. Washington, A. Adekunke, J. Folsom, B. Urtz, Lonza Wood Protection
  • Does Long Term Glyphosate Use Alter Fungal Decay Capabilities? Lessons from a Stake Test - Jed Cappellazzi, Matt Konkler, Gerald Presley, Oregon State University
  • Effect of Incising on Flexural Properties: A Revisit of Model Predictions for 3 and 4 by Douglas-fir and Western Hemlock - Jerry Winandy, Winandy & Associates. Ari Sinha. Matt Konkler, Hunter Anderson, Oregon State University. Jeff Morrell, University of the Sunshine Coast

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm - Technical Session 6:  Utility Company Research

  • Seeking the Holy Grail: Combining Prior Inspection Data with Climate, Soil and Other Factors to Maximize Pole Inspection and Maintenance - Tom Pope, Osmose
  • Pole Removal in Sensitive Environments: An Update on Removal of Pentachlorophenol in Treated Poles in Alaska - J. Sampson, Integral Consulting
  • Excel Inspection Program - Goodson et al. 
  • Line and Pole Management Strategies: Wildfire Prevention & Protection - Andy Kudick, Intec Services, Inc. R. Nelson
  • Fire Resistance and Gaff Penetration into DCOI Treated Wood - Andy Zahora, Viance

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm - Awards Reception


Wednesday, April 29, 2020

9:00 am to 12:00 noon - ANSI Accredited Standards Committee O5 (ASC O5)

9:00 am to 12:00 noon - Railway Tie Association R&D Committee Meeting