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Dovetail Revisits “Bamboo” Sustainability Claims

Dovetail Partners has updated its 2005 report questioning claims implicit in the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED building standard about the supposedly favorable environmental impacts of using bamboo-derived products as substitutes for forest-based building materials such as hardwood flooring.

The Forest Climate Working Group, a coalition of 19 advocacy organizations, submitted six recommendations to the Obama Administration’s Climate Change Initiative, advocating a leading role for privately owned forests.


Waters of the United States

On March 25, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency published a proposed “Waters of the United States” rule, intended—the Agency explains—to clarify questions surrounding the definition of jurisdictional wetlands that arose following Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.


Tax Reform: Forestry

The main theme of House Ways & Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp’s (R-Michigan) Tax Reform Act of 2014 is “simplifying and flattening” the federal tax code. Although the concept of “simplifying” the extremely complex current code has a basic appeal to business, many—including forestry interests—question whether “simplification” in all cases equates to “fairness.” The National Alliance of Forest Owners is especially concerned about some provisions proposed for elimination or revision:

Digital Revolution Spurs Fine Paper Demand?

The March 7 Wall Street Journal profiles some unexpected consequences of the world’s conversion to living on-line. The burst of demand for packaging materials, as a consequence of e-commerce, is a story that has been told before, but the Journal also notes that fine paper is also experiencing some sort of revival, at least in niche markets, as Americans are “buying more expensive stock for personalized holiday cards, announcements, and photobooks,” empowered by on-line vendors of the relevant technologies, such as Shutterfly, proposing a transformation of fine paper “from commodity to keepsake.”
FRA members will convene May 7-9 at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront Hilton, Virginia Beach, Virginia, for the Association’s 80th Annual Meeting. “One important focus of our meeting will be to explore and evaluate the challenge we face in rebuilding logging and trucking capacity,” stated FRA Chairman Tom Norris, noting that the Meeting program will reinforce the important steps FRA has already taken in “building the connection between operational realities on the ground and decisions coming out of Washington that can help or harm us.”

Understanding Logging Cost

The WSRI Technical Team, chaired by Crad Jaynes, has awarded two research projects for the years 2013 and 2014, as approved by the WSRI Board of Directors.

The first is Developing Western Logging Cost as a Basis for Western Logging Cost Indices, to be undertaken by Beth Dodson, Todd Morgan, Steve Hayes, and Josh Meek, of the University of Montana’s College of Forestry & Conservation and the affiliated Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER).


Forestry and the Tailoring Rule

What Is EPA’s Tailoring Rule, and How Might It Touch Forest Operations?

Interview with American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO Donna Harman


May 7-9 in Virginia Beach: It Starts With Us

FRA members are hands-on problem solvers, so it wasn’t hard for your National Meetings Committee to agree on a theme for our eightieth Annual Meeting, this coming May 7-9 in Virginia Beach, Virginia: It Starts With Us.

Our sessions in Virginia Beach will look at those four words in every connection. Certainly the business of manufacturing forest products starts with the landowners, loggers, and foresters who form the wood supply chain, and whose work is, in large part, taking responsibility for challenges and identifying opportunities, often in difficult situations.


FRA Submits Comment on Truck Weight Study Plan

Following the Department of Transportation’s release of its proposed source materials and methodology for undertaking the Truck Size and Weight Study called for in the most recent Highway Bill, FRA President Deb Hawkinson entered a two-page Comment into DOT’s record.
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