Thursday, July 11th, 2024 at canaan valley resort

Join Our wood treatment Workshop

Join us to discuss different topics related to Wood Treatment, such as creosote, treated rail ties, and more! This event is sponsored by the Appalachian Hardwood Training Initiative and will cost $15 per participant. A boxed lunch will be provided! Earn 7 hours of CFE Credits.


Workshop Agenda

Our workshop is structured to provide a comprehensive learning experience. Below is the detailed agenda for the event.

8:00 AM

Treatment Update from the rail tie association

Nate Irby, Executive Director of the Railway Tie Association (RTA), will be kicking things off with updates from the Rail Tie Association

9:00 AM

introduction to wood protection

Jeff Lloyd, is Senior Vice President of Innovation and Sustainability at Nisus Corporation, will cover the introduction to wood protection

10:00 am

Creosote Treatment

Scott Morris, Coopers Creek Chemical Corporation, will cover more details on creosote treatment

11:00 am

Borate and copper naphthenate & Bridge timbers

Jeff Lloyd will go over borate and copper naphthenate and bridge timbers

12:00 PM

Working Lunch

Updates on WVFA-Industry Issues from Bob Boyles, WVFA Executive Director, during lunch (Boxed lunches provided)

12:30 PM

Treated railroad tie and timber R&D

Nate Irby will discuss treated raiload ties and timber R&D

1:30 PM

Protecting homes from moisture & fungi

Jeff Lloyd will give an insight on protecting homes from moisture and fungi

2:30 PM

Wrap-up with Roundtable

All of the workshop’s presenters will review the day’s topics before adjorning the workshop

03:00 PM


The last portion of the day to ask any final questions or voice any last comments.

Speaker Bios


Dr Jeff Lloyd

Jeff Lloyd is Senior Vice President of Innovation and Sustainability at Nisus Corporation, where he has worked since 2001. He has 35 years’ experience in research, technical service, and global wood protection. He holds degrees in Applied Biology and Microbiology, and a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from Imperial College London. He has authored numerous scientific publications and patents and has numerous new product and commercial successes in wood protection, structural pest management and forest pathology. Research passions include maximizing the responsible uses for forest products including the sustainable use of wood in mass timber buildings; extending the life of utility poles and ties/sleepers; minimizing carbon footprint; and most importantly the permanent capture of carbon to reverse global warming. He most enjoys trying to achieve these objectives by working with multi-disciplinary research experts around the world, especially with other members of the International Research Group on Wood Protection,where he served as President and has been involved since 1991.Jeff moved to the USA in 1999, where he lives with his wife and 3 children.


Nathan “Nate” E. Irby, Ph.D.
Nate is Executive Director of the Railway Tie Association (RTA). RTA holds several events each year promoting railroad wood usage and provides a forum for data dissemination, networking, and outreach and education for the industry. He also serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Mississippi State University Department of Sustainable Bioproducts (formerly named the Forest Products Department). Nate treasures teaching and is frequently asked to present on wood preserving and tie industry subjects across the country. He worked previously as the forest products subject matter expert at Union Pacific railroad. There, Nate assisted both Strategic Sourcing and Engineering Research & Methods teams on quality assurance, specification detail and enforcement, and track-side wood-related issues plus he spearheaded wood tie and timber R&D projects. Nate comes from a hardwood sawmill background and is a timberland owner himself. He also enjoys the great outdoors and quality time with family and friends.

Scott Morris

Scott Morris has been with Coopers Creek for 29 years.  Previous professional experience includes holding a position as a Financial Analyst with Dai-Ichi Kangyo Bank. Mr. Morris has a BBA from Temple University and an MBA from Philadelphia College of Textiles and Science.  He lives in Wayne, Pa with his wife and two sons.