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Heavy-timber proponents push for 100-foot-tall wood structures
Engineering News-Record
The American Wood Council, on a roll after it succeeded in getting new provisions in the 2015 International Building Code that allow heavy-timber structure within exterior walls, is proposing even bigger changes for the 2018 IBC, currently under development. The proposal would allow two- or three-hour-rated heavy timber to "safely serve in diverse structures" as tall as 100 feett, Paul D. Coats, Southeast regional manager for the American Wood Council (AWC), said at the 2015 American Institute of Architects Convention, held May 14-16 in Atlanta.
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New program for forest product manufacturers
FPS
The Forest Products Society is excited to announce the launch of the FPS Manufacturers Program, in conjunction with their Annual Convention, taking place June 10-12 in Atlanta. Manufacturing companies can now register up to six people from their company for one low price.
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USDA awards funds to expand, accelerate wood energy markets
Forest Industry Network
Last month, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the award of over $9 million to expand and accelerate wood energy and other wood product markets. The federal funds will leverage $22 million in investments from partners, resulting in a total investment of $31 million in 23 states.
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$5 million new funding for forestry research partnership
Yahoo New Zealand
The New Zealand government will invest $5 million over seven years in a research partnership to increase the competitiveness of the forestry sector, Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce announced. The new partnership is led by Future Forests Research, an industry-operated entity, in collaboration with Scion, the University of Canterbury and the NZ Dryland Forests Initiative.
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Guide to grants and funding available to those with forestry
AgriLand
The new Forestry Program will involve a multimillion-dollar commitment to the forestry sector. Under the program, the Afforestation Grant and Premium Scheme is available from the Forest Service of the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.
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Wood pellet power: A climate threat?
Forbes
Much ado has been made of late about the advantages and, increasingly, the potential disadvantages of using wood to create energy. Figuring out what's what on that front has taken on new urgency, with renewable energy policies in Europe driving an unprecedented boom in the use of manufactured wood pellets to generate electricity.

The vast majority of that wood fuel is being culled from American forests, making pellet-makers fat and happy — projections suggest it could become a multibillion dollar industry over the next 10 years — but causing forest advocates and climate campaigners to grow increasingly alarmed.

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Forestry douses hot spot left over from Alaska wildfire
Peninsula Clarion
A group of mushroom-hunters in Alaska found a smoldering holdover from the Funny River wildfire on Sunday. The 20-foot by 20-foot area was smoking when Alaska Division of Forestry firefighters located it near Aurora Lake in the community of Funny River.
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New pine beetle described by scientists
Forest Industry Network
A newly-discovered species of tree-killing bark beetle has been described in a paper published online in the Annals of the Entomological Society of America by a group of researchers that includes a U.S. Forest Service scientist.
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India: Jammu & Kashmir government mulling to set up
forest-produce based industry

Greater Kashmir
Jammu & Kashmir government in India is planning to set up a forest produce based industry in the state to manufacture a range of goods and articles. As per sources, to begin with, the government has decided to set up a world class furniture manufacturing house, even as it also plans to explore the possibility of starting commercial cultivation of herbs and production of herbal medicines.
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