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Why look to wood? Why wouldn't we?
Sourceable
As is so often the case when challenges are presented, our industry found its heroes. For centuries, stone, bricks and wood were "hero" materials, and whether building a bridge or a barn, the craftsman would almost invariably turn to masonry, wood or a combination of the two to execute his architectural vision. While timber was relatively abundant and easy to work with, wood struggled to deliver the strength and stability that ever-higher building designs demanded.

We must seek hero materials that are strong, fast and abundant. Smart companies both here and overseas are already writing a new hero story — but the twist is that the lead character is not new. Instead, it's an old favorite reimagined. Enter engineered wood products. Lightweight, strong, durable and easy to assemble, engineered timber building materials such as cross laminated timber and laminated veneer lumber are making waves and breaking records across the globe.
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FPS Convention features safety program
FPS
The 2015 Forest Products Society International Convention is being held in conjunction with the 2015 SFPA EXPO June 10-12 at at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta. The two organizations have teamed up to offer a full day of practical programming aimed at making forest product manufacturers safer, more productive and more profitable.

The program has been branded INNOtech, as it combines innovation and technology. It features high profile speakers on the topics that matter most — safety, operational excellence and mill planning.

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BLM timber plan draws critical eyes
Coos Bay World
The Bureau of Land Management released its latest draft management plan for 2.5 million acres in western Oregon last week, proposing a range of timber harvests that did not please the Association of Oregon Counties.
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Celebrating 30 years of exceptional solutions, support, and service. At Lucidyne, We Make the Grade. Come visit us at the SFPA Expo in Atlanta, June 10th-12th.
 


Canada's forest industry outdoes competitors in environmental credentials
CNW
The Forest Products Association of Canada is pleased that the Canadian forest sector continues to score well in comparison to other countries in the most recent international sustainability report. The 2015 report by the International Council of Forest and Paper Associations shows that global sustainability is improving and that Canada is doing especially well.
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Novozymes to supply world's first sawdust-based biofuel refinery
Reuters
Danish industrial enzymes maker Novozymes has struck a deal to supply the world's first refinery producing biofuel from sawdust. Novozymes is already a big player in the biofuel market, providing about 60 percent of enzymes used in U.S. production, which tends to use edible raw materials such as corn. But the company sees a big potential market in making biofuels from inedible materials — so-called advanced or cellulosic biofuels.
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Weyerhaeuser hopes for wood products bounceback
Business Examiner
While all three segments of Weyerhaeuser's business saw dips in revenue in the first quarter of 2015, the Federal Way-based company is looking to its wood products business for "significantly higher earnings" in the spring.
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Field trials study biomass harvesting impact
Northern Ontario Business
Harvesting woody biomass in Northern Ontario, Canada, for renewable fuels or value-added forest products hasn't quite reached Scandinavian-type proportions, but some forestry researchers want to "get ahead of the curve" in measuring the environmental impact of potentially large-scale operations.
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Indonesia's biofuel subsidies may speed up forest loss
Asian Scientist
Indonesia looks set to stimulate domestic consumption of palm oil after an announcement raising biofuel subsidies by over three times to 5,000 rupiah (US $0.40) per liter, from 1,500 rupiah per liter, by the end of May. The new subsidies aim to boost the production of palm oil — Indonesia's primary source of biofuel — and reduce the economy's fast growing demand for imported petroleum. According to Indonesia's Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the goal is for biofuel production to reach 3.5 million tonnes by next year, double the 1.7 million tonnes produced in 2014.
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Low pay for forestry contractors questioned
Radio New Zealand
Many tāngata whenua work as contractors and the general manager of Kajavala Forestry said the low pay rates were causing many of them to leave the industry. Forestry workers had been hit hard recently, with the redundancy of 200 workers at one of the country's largest forest contractors, Harvestpro, and a log transport business, Waimea Contract Carriers, being placed in voluntary administration last month. The situation has been exacerbated by what the Forest Industry Contractors Association said was a continuing log jam in the Chinese market, leading to a sharp decline in the number of logs being harvested in New Zealand.
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