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The North American Wood Pole Council is an independent council representing the producers and suppliers of wood poles and crossarms in North America. A primary focus of the council is to support and sustain the use of the products and to provide information to the designers, specifiers and users of the products.


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New Bulletin details utility pole performance in wildfires

Tech Bulletin WUI

NAWPC has published a new Technical Bulletin reviewing research on the performance of wood and steel utiity poles in wildland fire hazard areas.

The 12-page report details the temperatures and stresses utility poles can face during wildfires. Citing recent reseach, the report offers data on how wood poles and steel poles are affected by such conditions, noting while wood chars and provides some insulation against the effects of fire, steel begins to lose strength at 392 degrees F.

Click here to review the new Technical Bulletin. Find more technical information on wood poles in the Engineering and Design Information section.


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Top 10 reasons why wood poles are the best choice

The many benefits of treated wood poles are highlighted in an updated paper, Ten Features Often Overlooked About the Extraordinary Wood Pole.

Compiled into two easy-to-read pages, the paper details why wood poles continue to be the choice for utilities throughout the country. Readers will learn about the proven performance of wood poles and crossarms, the outstanding physical properties and the treated wood industry's ability to provide thousands of replacement poles after natural disasters such as storms and hurricanes.

Click here to download the Ten Features paper.

Ten Features



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Wood Pole Structure Design Seminar


A big thank you to all those who attended our Wood Pole Structure Design Seminar in Denver, Colo., on September 24-26, 2013.

Stay tuned for the dates and location of our 2014 Seminar!


Wood Pole Standards Course

Focusing on the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) 05 standards for wood poles and crossarms and the American Wood Protection Association (AWPA) standards for preservative treatment of wood products, this two-day course covers the national standards that govern the manufacture and use of treated-wood utility poles and crossarms. Instructor is Martin Rollins, president of H.M. Rollins Company, Inc. Students completing the course will earn 14 Professional Development hours

Watch here for the dates and location of our 2014 Course!


News Items

A critical element to quick response to natural disasters is having the poles and crossarms available when restoration crews are ready for them. Read how wood pole and crossarm manufacturers responded during a major disaster in Wood Pole Industry Response to Hurricane Sandy.

Discover the best ways for Protecting Wood Utility Poles From Wildfire in an article from Utility Products magazine by Randy Marquart, vice president - products at Osmose Utilities Services, Inc.

The many environmental advantages of using wood poles vs. alternative materials is detailed in Conclusions and Summary Report on an Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Utility Poles. The peer-reviewed report was prepared by AquAeTer, Inc.

Once wood poles near the end of their service life, they can still be useful as a potential source of energy. See how in the report End-of-Life Management of Preserved Wood - The Case For Reuse For Energy published by Chris Bolin and Stephen Smith of AquAeTer, Inc.


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