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.
New Bulletin details utility pole performance in wildfires
The North American Wood Pole Council 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 200 degrees C (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.
Wood Pole Structure Design Seminar
FREE Design SEMINAR ~
A big thank you to all those who attended our Wood Pole Structure Design Seminar in Denver, Colorado 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, the two-day course covers the national standards that govern the manufacture and use of treated-wood utility poles and crossarms. The instructor is Martin Rollins, President of H.M. Rollins Company, Inc. Students completing the course will earn 14 Professional Development Hours. Stay tuned for the dates and location of our 2014 Course!
One of the necessary requirements for a quick storm response is having the poles and cross arms available when restoration crews are ready for them. Click on the link to read how the wood pole and cross arm manufacturers responded to Hurricane Sandy’s destruction: Wood Pole Industry Response to Hurricane Sandy.
"Protecting Wood Utility Poles From Wildfire": Vice President -Products, Osmose Utilities Services Inc. - Utility Products Magazine, March 2013.
Conclusions and Summary Report on an Environmental Life Cycle Assessment of Utility Poles -
Prepared by: AquAeTer, Inc. (3/12/12)
HOUSEHOLD ELECTRICY BILLS SKYROCKET - USA Today (December 2011)
End-of-Life Management of Preserved Wood-The Case For Reuse For Energy: AquAeter - Chris Bolin and
Stephen Smith, November 2010
The intent of this website is to provide the interested party with a window of access to a wide array of pertinent information from a variety of sources. While the council seeks to
provide the most current and accurate information in posting materials or providing links, no warranty as to the accuracy of the information is intended or implied. The user is urged
to review the Disclaimer and is cautioned to make his or her own independent evaluation of the information. If inaccuracies are noted, users are urged to
contact the Council as well as the source of the specific documents with their views.