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March 14, 2013


A delegation of wood-product buyers from China and Korea will visit Montana March 15-18. This reverse trade mission, hosted and coordinated by the Montana World Trade Center at The University of Montana, will introduce the delegates to Montana wood products and the timber industry.

The Korean and Chinese buyers are from separate, large companies actively seeking new wood species and wood products but are currently not buying from Montana. They represent more than $300 million in annual lumber imports from markets across the globe.

The delegates will meet one-on-one with Montana wood-product manufacturers, tour local mills and attend the Small Log Conference in Idaho. Other networking events will allow the delegates to build relationships with Montana’s wood-product producers.

UM’s College of Forestry and Conservation and the Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation will host the delegates at Lubrecht Experimental Forest. Forestry Dean Jim Burchfield and State Forester Bob Harrington will give a tour and an overview of Montana’s forests and sustainable management practices.

The trade mission is sponsored in partnership with the Montana Wood Products Association, Montana DNRC, Missoula Economic Partnership, BitterRoot Economic Development District and Forest Business Network.

UM’s Montana World Trade Center helps Montana businesses understand and compete in international trade. For more information visit




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Contact: Anthony Rodriguez, Montana World Trade Center, 406-243-6982,