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Dealer, Distributor, and Manufacturer News

News from Ply Gem, Parksite, NyloBoard, Vandermeer Forest Products, Holbrook Lumber, Cardinal Building Products, Jim Mackie Distribution, Dixie Plywood and Lumber, Rinnai, Stock, Cedar Creek, and the South Carolina Housing Hall of Fame . Read more

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NAWLA Names 2014 Officers, Board Members

The North American Wholesale Lumber Association announced its 2014 officers and new board members Read more

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Meet NBMDA's new Board of Directors

The NBMDA appointed some familiar faces and a few new ones to its 2014 board of directors. Read more

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New Frontiers in Wood New Frontiers in Wood

Recent wood research promises tremendous benefits for a variety of industries including medical science, solar, and automobilies. The research also provides increased opportunities for engineered wood as a building material. Read more

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Federal Government Shutdown Disrupts Logging Operations

The federal budget impasse, in addition to shutting down government agencies, will also disrupt timber operations on federal lands. Read more

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Softwood Lumber Industry To Vote on Assessment Scheme To Boost Wood

Softwood lumber companies will put to a vote this month their long-discussed plan to create a group that would add an assessment to lumber sales and use the money for marketing and promotions similar to milk producers' "Got Milk?" campaign. Read more

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Forestry Group Aims To Boost Sustainability Practices

The American Forest & Paper Association released five goals for the forest products industry to be more environmentally sustainable, including work to increase the amount of fiber procured from certified forest lands and to promote polices worldwide that reduce illegal logging. Read more

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Analysis: ACQ-Treated Decking Beats Composites

Treated wood interests, seeking to make green concerns a greater factor in consumers' deck-buying decisions, have begun publicizing an academic research paper they funded that found ACQ-treated wood has far better environmental characteristics over the life of the product than does wood-plastic composite decking. Read more

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SFI Calls for Rejection of USGBC Wood-Certification Benchmarks

The Sustainable Forestry Initiative urged a "no" vote against the U.S. Green Building Council's proposed benchmark standards that would decide when a wood-certification group like SFI would have its certification qualify for points in the LEED rating system. In doing so, it joins with the Forest Stewardship Council--the only group whose certification currently qualifies--in rejecting the USGBC proposal, although for radically different reasons. Read more

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Both Sides Lining Up Against USGBC's Wood-Cert Vote

Key players in the years-long fight over green construction wood-certification schemes appear to be uniting--for opposite reasons--behind promoting a "no" vote on a U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) proposal that would set standards on which groups' wood certification schemes will qualify for points in the USGBC's LEED program. Read more

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