[PCA] ARTICLE: Forest Products Laboratory (FPL) Sends Historic Legacy Mahogany to Help Restore U.S. Capitol

Park, Margaret E margaret_park at fws.gov
Tue Apr 20 12:18:57 CDT 2021

Amy Androff, Lab Notes<https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/index.php>, March 12, 2021

On Wednesday, January 6, 2021, the U.S. Capitol building was the target of an attack that left it ransacked and vandalized. The destruction of many irreplaceable historical wooden artifacts and objects, including doors, intricate millwork, moldings, desks, and podiums, was extensive.

Enter Nathan Kamprath, U.S. Army DEVCOM and leader of a current joint project between the Department of Defense (DoD)<https://www.defense.gov/> and Forest Products Laboratory (FPL)<https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/index.php>. Recognizing the significance of the damage, Kamprath contacted FPL research engineer Robert Ross<https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/people/bios/employee_level_bio.php?employee_id=31> for assistance with the U.S. Capitol repair. He then connected Ross with Architect of the Capitol (AOC)<https://www.aoc.gov/> historic preservation specialists overseeing the restoration of the U.S. Capitol building.

Although this does not pertain to a U.S.-native species of mahogany (Swietenia mahagoni) that is native in the USA to South Florida and Puerto Rico, this is a fantastic example of DoD/USDA collaboration to address the need in a way that does not impact the species in the wild!
Link to article: https://www.fpl.fs.fed.us/labnotes/?p=27727
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