Welcome to the Intermountain Roundwood Association website.
The Intermountain Roundwood Association (IRA) represents firms engaged in the harvesting, production and marketing of roundwood and associated products, materials and supplies. Through education and training, we also help members and consumers stay current on industry trends and new advancements in wood products technology.
Here you’ll find valuable information about treated and untreated wood fence posts and poles, log and fencing products for farm, ranch and home, fence gates and archways, livestock and corral posts, hand and deck railings, log and rustic furniture, guardrail posts, pole barns and gazebos, wood preservative, tree stakes and vineyard poles, and more.
33rd Annual Meeting set for March 9-10 in Missoula
IRA will hold its 33rd annual meeting March 9-10 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula, MT. You can register for the meeting online at: wwpi.info/IRA2022. In addition to registering for the meeting, you can also renew your IRA membership, be a sponsor for the event or sign up for an exhibit table during the meeting.
The meeting kicks off on Wed., March 9, with a reception at the hotel from 6-9 pm for members only. Koppers Performance Chemicals is sponsoring the reception. The annual meeting is set for Thurs., March 10, starting at 8 am. A continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Speakers will cover topics on:
- - Market and legislative update on Ag Industry by Jay Bodner, Montana Stock Growers Association
- - Roundwood post and pole market study with USFS by Steve Courtney, The Beck Group
- - Federal legislation and forest management by Nick Smith, Healthy Forests Healthy Communities
- - Post and pole preservative migration research by Gerald Presley, Oregon State University
- - Infrastructure preservative sustainability & safety
- - Roundwood roundtable discussion - supply chain issues
- - And a Lunch Keynote from a Montana Politician
Real value of treated roundwood
Properly treated roundwood posts and poles are the preferred choice of the agricultural industry for fencing and other ranch and farm projects.
materials are also popular for ranchette perimeter fencing, and are frequently specified by highway and park departments.
Preservative-treated posts and poles are strong, attractive, easy to install and feature a long service life. Properly treated wood is safe for the environment and utilizes sustainable, renewable resources to meet many agricultural and fencing needs.
Roundwood posts and poles are made from Aspen, Ponderosa Pine, Lodgepole Pine and Douglas fir timber. They are often manufactured from timber that is too small to cut into lumber products.
The benefits of preserved wood posts and poles include:
Long service life reduces costs - Preservative treating can extend the life of a lodgepole pine pole to nearly 40 years vs. 4-12 years for an untreated pole. The significant reduces the cost of materials, installation and replacement labor.
Superior strength - Roundwood posts provide a higher strength-to-weight ratio compared to iron or steel. A 2-1/2-inch wood post can withstand a force of 400 lbs. or more applied 48 inches above the ground line, while steel posts will fail at 300 lbs.
Easy to install - Quality roundwood posts are straight, have minimal taper and are easy to use. They can be installed using a tractor-mounted post pounder or auger.
Holds well in soil - Preserved wood posts and poles stay in the ground better because more surface area is in contact with the surrounding soil. In even slightly sandy soil, steel posts become unstable while properly installed wood posts stay solid in the ground.
Natural beauty - The warm colors and wood grain of wood posts and poles provide a natural look in the landscape, blending seamlessly with their surroundings.