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BC’s Chief forester reduces Quesnel’s AAC by 35 per cent

Categories: Today's Takeaway
Jun 23, 2017
Tree Frog Forestry News

BC’s Chief Forester reduced Quesnel’s AAC by 35 per cent, “similar to what it was before the mountain pine beetle infestation began”. Surprised - Mayor Bob Simpson called the announcement “a political number that continues to pretend that the mountain pine beetle salvage area is available for commercial logging.”

In response to the upward trend in deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon, Norway has threatened to reduce “its billion-dollar financial assistance to zero”. The support is tied to reductions in deforestation, "
which had fallen steadily from 2008 to 2014".

The judge overseeing litigation against Lumber Liquidators, “axed the false advertising and consumer fraud claims” because the claimants had not “demonstrated they relied on the allegedly misleading advertising in actually purchasing the flooring”.

Portland soccer icon Timber Jim—"who wielded a chainsaw at every game"—is featured in an article that “reflects on his life as a symbol of Oregon’s timber industry”.

Finally, claiming his rugby experience should help “prepare [him] for the skirmishes" of the House, former forest minister Steve Thomson takes on the role of BC Speaker. [A short-term gig we suspect.]


-- Kelly McCloskey, Tree Frog Editor

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Froggy Foibles

Soccer Icon Timber Jim Reflects On A Unique Northwest Life

By John Rosman

Categories: Froggy Foibles
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
Oregon Public Broadcasting

VIDEO: When the biggest soccer rivalry in the Northwest — maybe in all of Major League Soccer, some argue — reaches the 80th minute on Sunday, a song will grow from the Timbers Army in Providence Park. The crowd will continue a 13-year home match tradition by singing “You Are My Sunshine” in the waning minutes of the match. It’s part love song for the team and part memory for Hannah, the daughter of a man named Jim Serrill. Serrill was Timber Jim, the mascot and beating heart of the Portland Timbers. Jim wore work clothes, wielded a chainsaw and, under the lights, stood as a symbol of the state’s famous trade.“Having a chainsaw at the games was a nod to the entire timber industry in Oregon,” he said.

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Forestry

Evans Lake Annual Open House June 25

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Evans Lake Newsletter

Bring your friends and family to Evans Lake for a day full of fun activities, delicious food and lasting memories. This is a great opportunity for you and your parents to meet our awesome staff, tour the camp, and enjoy a summer afternoon at camp. It's going to be a hot day, so don't forget your swimsuits as the waterfront will be open for canoeing, paddle-boarding and swimming. Also, try out our low ropes challenge course, rock-climbing wall, the archery range, the guided forest walk and much more! We will also be unveiling our new arboretum signage, so you can learn about the trees and plants we have around Evans Lake. No need to pack a lunch, as our Food Services team will be preparing your camp favorites at a nominal cost.  We look forward to seeing you there!!!

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Annual Allowable Cut Catches Quesnel Mayor, Industry by ‘Surprise’

By Greg Fry

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
250 News

Quesnel, B.C. – Quesnel Mayor Bob Simpson has weighed in on the new annual allowable cut announced for the Quesnel Timber Supply Area. Released last Friday afternoon, he says it was “a surprise we got the announcement in the first place.” “It caught not just myself, but industry off-guard. We were not expecting this announcement until the new government had formed or settled or whatever is happening down in Victoria,” Simpson tells 250News. ...“Unfortunately, I believe we didn’t get a number that we were asking for which is a real, long-term, annual allowable cut that is a sustainable harvesting level for our community through the next 10-15 years,” says Simpson. “What we got instead is a political number that continues to pretend that the mountain pine beetle salvage area is available for commercial logging when the government knows that many of the licensees have already come out of that area.”

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Quesnel Annual Allowable Cut 35 per cent lower than previous cut level

By Maria Church

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Canadian Forest Industries

The B.C. government has set the annual allowable cut (AAC) for the Quesnel timber supply area at 2,607,000 cubic metres, 35 per cent lower than the four million cubic metres set in 2011. "After considering all of the available information on timber and non-timber resources – including social and economic objectives – I am confident that this new cut level will maximize the long-term supply of timber in the Quesnel Timber Supply Area," Chief forester Diane Nicholls said in a news release on June 16.  According to the release, the cut level is close to the average annual harvest over the past three years and similar to the AAC set in 1996, before the mountain pine beetle infestation began.

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VIDEO: Knotweed under attack in Ucluelet

By Andrew Bailey

Categories: Forestry
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Westerly News

A stubborn patch of Japanese Knotweed has been wreaking havoc on a riparian area near Ucluelet’s Big Beach for the past several years and the Central Westcoast Forest society is upping its fight to contain it by bringing herbicide into the fray. “We don’t want this to be here in our community and we don’t want it to spread anymore,” CWFS staffer Emily Grubb told the Westerly News. Japanese Knotweed is an aggressively invasive species that grows tall, three-metre-high, bamboo-like stems. It grows quickly, outpacing native vegetation and blocking needed plant-life from the sun. Patches of it can spread rapidly and leave little room for other species to grow, which is a significant problem in riparian areas that require native vegetation to stabilize the surrounding soil.

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Bark beetles getting worse, forester says

By Matthew Weaver

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
Capital Press

Bark beetle problems continue to worsen on Northern Idaho forest lands, a university forester says. Drought stress from several years ago has led to the increased pressure now, said Chris Schnepf, University of Idaho Extension forester in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Western pine beetles, pine engraver beetles, fir engraver beetles and Douglas fir beetles all are more active this year, he said. “All of these bark beetles are native insects, they’re always around at some endemic level,” he said. “But when you have stand conditions that favor them, they start to take off.” Pine bark beetles are particularly bad on lands with too many trees per acre, Schnepf said. “With many of these beetles, they may take out the most stressed trees first, but they don’t necessarily stop there,” he said. Pine engraver beetles and Douglas fir beetles can breed in downed trees, which can make the situation worse.

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Ketchikan district ranger gives Tongass update

By Leila Kheiry

Categories: Forestry
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
KRBD Community Radio

The acting district ranger for Ketchikan-Misty Fiords Ranger District gave an update on the Tongass National Forest during this week’s Ketchikan Chamber of Commerce lunch. Susan Howle has been in the job for a few months now, but has been in Southeast about eight years. She said the Tongass National Forest is a major economic resource for the region. Tourism, recreation, timber and mining are among the economic opportunities the forest supports. “The Tongass contains the largest silver producers, at approximately 2,400 tons of ore per day,” she said. “You probably know the two mines up around Juneau are Greens Creek and Kensington.” Howle talked about the recent Tongass Land Management Plan amendment that calls for a transition from old-growth to primarily young-growth timber harvest.

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Norway issues $1bn threat to Brazil over rising Amazon destruction

By Damian Carrington

Categories: Forestry
Region: International
Jun 22, 2017
The Guardian

Norway has issued a blunt threat to Brazil that if rising deforestation in the Amazon rainforest is not reversed, its billion-dollar financial assistance will fall to zero. The leaders of the two nations meet in Oslo on Friday. The oil-rich Scandinavian nation has provided $1.1bn to Brazil’s Amazon fund since 2008, tied to reductions in the rate of deforestation in the world’s greatest rainforest. The destruction of forests by timber and farming industries is a major contributor to the carbon emissions that drive climate change and Norway views protecting the Amazon as vital for the whole world. The rate of deforestation in the Amazon fell steadily from 2008 to 2014, an “impressive achievement” which had a “very positive impact” on Brazil and the world, according to Vidar Helgesen, Norway’s environment minister.

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Forest Fires

Plans for Rapattack base questioned

By Martha Wickett

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Vernon Morning Star

While BC Wildfire Service internal memos have described the Salmon Arm Rapattack base amenities and treatment as elitism, the man who introduced Rapattack to the province titles it teamwork. On Jim Dunlop’s wall hang two plaques presented to him by the BC Forest Service when he retired. One reads: “In appreciation of your wisdom and dedication to the development and growth of the Rapattack program. From all Rap personnel – past, present and future.” A second plaque states: “In recognition and appreciation of over 37 years of service. Total fires: 101,248.” When Dunlop read the June 9 article on changes to the Rapattack base in Salmon Arm, which arose from internal memos and notes from the BC Wildfire Service, he felt compelled to speak.

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After the burn

By Michele Nelson

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Jun 23, 2017
Payson Roundup

Things have cooled down considerably at the Incident Command Center with the arrival of monsoon rains atop the Rim. Incident updates have shrunk to two-minute videos and will evaporate by the weekend. The shower semi-truck has moved onto the next emergency. Firefighters have begun to fade out to other incidents. “I think we’re down to 1,180,” said Richard Hadley, an information officer for the Highline Fire on Tuesday, June 20. By Thursday, only 600 remained. Officials believe the Type 1 team will be done with their work by the weekend. The fire on Thursday was 93 percent contained — with one 92-acre flare-up inside the fire lines around the Bear Fire on top of the Rim which was merged with the Highline Fire. However, firefighters still have work to do after the fire is fully contained and before it’s officially out — when it’s considered “controlled.”

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Crews in ‘seek-and-destroy’ mode as Holcomb fire smolders

By Brian Rokos

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
The Press Enterprise

The Holcomb fire in the San Bernardino Mountains had been reduced to a smoldering crawl and was 35 percent contained Thursday evening, June 22, fire officials said. The latest mapping showed that 1,562 acres had burned in an update posted at 6:04 p.m. That represented about only a 20-acre increase from the morning. The good news means that Highway 18 will reopen at 6 a.m. Friday, the U.S. Forest Service said. The skies were mostly clear above the fire Thursday. That’s an indication that most of the brush has been burned within the containment, said Lee Beyer, a Forest Service fire information officer. “Inside the fire perimeter, it’s cooling down and smoldering,” Beyer said. “(Friday) will be another day of a lot of mop up, seek-and-destroy if you will, of the hot spots and embers that are left close to the fire line.”

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Wildfire near Tusayan 40 percent contained

By Corina Vanek and Emery Cowan

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
Arizona Daily Sun

Crews made significant progress Wednesday night in suppressing the 151-acre Rain Fire located about 5 miles southwest of the Town of Tusayan on the Kaibab National Forest. The wildfire, which is burning in pinyon-juniper woodlands, is now 40 percent contained thanks to retardant drops yesterday and the construction of hand and dozer line late into the night, according to incident commander Quentin Johnson. Resources on the fire today include three 20-person hand crews, three engines, a dozer, a water tender and several individual fire personnel for a total of about 80 people. With winds predicted to be out of the west and gusts up to 30 mph in the forecast today, fire personnel will focus on enhancing established containment lines especially on the east flank of the wildfire to try to prevent it from spreading.

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Forest fires in Siberia double in size in 24 hours reaching 54,000 hectares

Categories: Forest Fires
Region: International
Jun 23, 2017
TASS Russian News Agency

MOSCOW - Forest fires in Siberia doubled in size in the past 24 hours, reaching 54,000 hectares, Russia’s federal aerial forest protection service Avialesokhrana said in a statement on Friday. "As of June 23, forest fires in Siberia engulf 54,000 hectares, in the past 24 hours the fires have doubled in size," the statement reads. Half of the fires are located in the Irkutsk region where they swelled by three times, reaching 27,000 hectares. In the Krasnoyarsk region, fires engulfing 15,000 hectares have been registered, while in the Republic of Tuva forest fires cover 7,400 hectares, and in the Republic of Buryatia fires have affected 2,300 hectares.

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Company & Business News

Palliser Furniture Group Acquires Casana

By Palliser Furniture Holdings Ltd.

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Canada Newswire

WINNIPEG, Manitoba -- Palliser Furniture Holdings Ltd. announced today that it has reached an agreement to purchase Casana Furniture Company Ltd. effective June 30, 2017. With this acquisition, the Palliser Furniture Group adds the Casana casegoods line to its brand portfolio alongside Palliser Upholstery and EQ3, making it the largest home furnishings manufacturer/supplier in Canada. Each of these brands, led by dedicated leadership teams, will enhance Palliser's market opportunity and benefit from synergies across the entire furniture group. "This acquisition allows Palliser Furniture Holdings to present a complete lifestyle of products, including a variety of price points and design aesthetics, making us more effective at meeting the needs of our customers," said Peter Tielmann.

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Steve Thomson takes on role of B.C. Speaker, but how long he’ll stay is unclear

By Sunny Dhillon

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Globe and Mail

He’s played on the Canadian rugby team and served as a referee – and Steve Thomson said that experience will prove invaluable in his new role as the B.C.’s legislature Speaker. ...Mr. Thomson, a Kelowna MLA who was first elected in 2009 and recently served as the Liberal government’s forests minister, was acclaimed Speaker Thursday. The choice was heralded by both the NDP and the Green Party, though it remains to be seen how long Mr. Thomson will remain in his new role. ...Susan Yurkovich, president of the BC Council of Forest Industries, said her organization has worked collaboratively with Mr. Thomson over the past number of years and he has been a champion of the forestry sector. The forestry sector has drawn considerable attention in recent months because of Canada’s softwood-lumber dispute with the United States.

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West Fraser modernization ensures long-term sustainability

By Richard Froese

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
South Peace News

High Prairie Forest Products has launched a $55 million modernization that will make it one of the top mills on the continent. “We are very excited to announce the sawmill and kiln modernization project,” says Lee Barton, general manager of HPFP, a division of West Fraser Mills Ltd. “It’s one of the biggest projects in the mill’s history and for West Fraser.” He announced the project June 9 to members of the Town of High Prairie and Big Lakes County councils, and Lesser Slave Lake MLA Danielle Larivee. “Improvements will make High Prairie Forest Products one of the most modern mills in North America,” Barton says.

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B.C. throne speech promises electoral reform referendum, sales tax cut, no tolls

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Canadian Press in Victoria Times Colonist

VICTORIA — A throne speech outlining what could be the final goals of Premier Christy Clark's government includes a promise to hold a referendum on electoral reform. ...Steve Thomson, a former minister of forests, lands and natural resource operations who represents Kelowna Mission, said he is not looking beyond his duties in the event of the Liberal government's defeat and it would be up to a new government to appoint a Speaker. ...The position is a key one in this legislature because of the close election outcome and the prospect of tied votes that the Speaker would have to break. NDP Leader John Horgan and Green Leader Andrew Weaver described Thomson as a person of integrity, adding if he were to extend his duties should the NDP form a minority government that would be welcome. "Steve Thomson is a quality guy, a man of the highest integrity," said Horgan. "I'm not convinced he doesn't take this responsibility very seriously, and not as a week-long adventure but a commitment to the entire parliament."

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The forest for the trees

By Jennifer Thuncher

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: Canada; Canada West
Jun 22, 2017
Squamish Chief

Much like the branches on a tree rooted to the shores of Howe Sound are affected by the wind, sun and rain, many forces impact the local forest industry. From federal initiatives, to the provincial election results, to local land use, Squamish forest companies and organizations are waiting to see what happens and how certain decisions will impact forestry in the Sea to Sky Corridor. . ...Jeff Fisher, president of local logging company Sqomish Forestry LP, which is majority owned by the Squamish Nation, said while the funds may help some of his workers eventually, if the money is needed, it would be a bad sign for the local industry. Sqomish has 24 direct employees and dozens more who work for its contractors, Fisher said. “The reality is if you have an extended shut down – severe impact for six months or a year – then it doesn’t really make sense to give them unemployment insurance because they need training for a new job because the companies won’t be here then,” he said. “It would be difficult for us to survive a year or two shutdown.”

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Judge axes Lumber Liquidators false advertising claims

By Robert Dalheim

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: United States
Jun 22, 2017
Woodworking Network

TOANO, Va. – The judge overseeing litigation over Lumber Liquidator’s Lacey Act violations and hazardous laminate wood flooring axed California state law false advertising claims and Illinois state consumer fraud claims, but didn't refute claims that the flooring was marketed deceptively. U.S. District Judge Anthony Trenga said that California consumers had not demonstrated that they relied on allegedly misleading advertising in actually purchasing the flooring. Such demonstration is required under California’s false advertising law. ...The judge also chose not to penalize the company for alleged violation of the Florida Deceptive and Unfair Trade Practices Act, saying there was evidence that the Florida plaintiffs saw “something” on the Lumber Liquidators’ website that the products complied with California safety standards.

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Forestry in growth mode and struggling to find workers

By Jeremy Muir

Categories: Company & Business News
Region: International
Jun 23, 2017
The Gisborne Herald

Forestry has grown rapidly in recent years to become the main driver of the district’s economy, worth an estimated $262 million a year. A 2013 study found more than one in four households in our region have a person whose job is dependent on forestry. Annual log volumes are closing in on 3m tonnes, and predicted to rise towards a peak of 5.5m tonnes about 10 years from now. ...The big constraint on the industry — other than the state of our roads — is the ability to attract enough new workers to harvest the trees. Correspondent Local Forester highlighted this “mission critical” issue last week, saying 400 workers are needed in the next four years and we need to produce most of them ourselves as there is strong demand for forestry workers nationwide.

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Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy

Oregon Businesses Form New Alliance To Fight Climate Change

By Cassandra Profita

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
Oregon Public Broadcasting

More than two dozen Oregon businesses are banding together to fight climate change through a new organization called the Oregon Business Alliance For Climate. The group’s mission is to mobilize industry support for putting a price on carbon emissions in Oregon. Its 27 founding members include home builder Neil Kelly Company, real estate developer Gerding Edlen, construction company Skanska, Umpqua Bank, New Seasons Market, Widmer Brewing and Willamette Valley Vineyards. Neil Kelly President Tom Kelly will chair the alliance and Steve Baczko, managing director at NatureBank, will serve as acting director. ...Earlier this month, several of Washington’s biggest corporations, including Microsoft, Amazon and Starbucks, pledged their support for fighting climate change after President Donald Trump announced he was pulling the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement.

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Burning forests for power ‘morally indefensible’

Categories: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: International
Jun 23, 2017
Echo Daily

Calls have been made to the state and federal government to rule out burning biomass from native forests for electricity after it was revealed the Clean Energy Finance Corporation was lobbying federal MPs to support the proposal. [1] The Nature Conservation Council (NCC) says burning wood from forests will drive more intensive logging of forests, ‘already reeling from 200 years of exploitation’. NCC chief executive Kate Smolski said native forest logging was driving the disappearance of koalas, gliders and hundreds of native species from the forests, ‘and this proposal will accelerate their demise’. ‘Internationally, the burning of forest biomass as ‘clean energy’ is leading perversely to deforestation,’ Ms Smolski said.

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Wood & Paper Products & Green Building

Environmental improvements in the North American pulp and paper industry

By Phil Riebel, President, Two Sides

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States
Jun 22, 2017
Two Sides

The North American pulp and paper industry has made great progress in reducing energy use and greenhouse gas emissions over the last decade and at the same time have increased their use of certified fiber and support for sustainable forest management. In the U.S., AF&PA members represent the spectrum of paper and wood products manufacturing and work on an ongoing basis with government agencies, communities and other stakeholders to employ advanced sustainability practices, which benefit the economy, the environment and society. ...The Canadian forest products industry has reduced water use by another 3% since 2010. Air pollutants have declined by 52% and water pollutants by 70% since 2005 and toxins such as PCBs and dioxins have been eliminated. ...The North American forest products industry continues to work towards lessening its environmental impact and improving the long term sustainability of our forests.

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This Portland-based brand uses sustainably harvested wood from around the world to make sunglasses

By Mara Leighton

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
Business Insider

Shwood is a sunglasses brand you might have come into contact with before this moment.... They’re a sunglasses brand that integrates natural, handcrafted wood into their creations. Every step, from veneering and lens cutting, to shaping and finishing, is conducted in their Portland-based workshop. ...Every pair of Shwood sunglasses is entirely handcrafted at their workshop, and each wooden creation is made with a canonical focus on not marring the wood in anyway, but letting its natural beauty remain the focal point. And the wood is naturally beautiful — or at least it had better be — since it's sustainably-harvested from authorized and supervised plantations handpicked from all over the world. 

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Oregon company sees bright future in tall wooden buildings

By Eric Mortenson

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US West
Jun 22, 2017
Capital Press

Freres Lumber Co. of Lyons, Ore., has received a $250,000 U.S. Forest Service grant that will help it gear up for what the company sees as an emerging market: Using wood products in tall building construction. The company will apply the money to buying and installing a computer numeric code (CNC) milling machine for its $23 million Mass Plywood Panel plant that is under construction in Linn County. Mass plywood panels, like cross-laminated timbers, show strong potential for use in tall wooden buildings. Engineered timber panels can be used for walls and floors, beams and more, and are touted as a carbon-neutral replacement for concrete and steel. Tall wooden buildings are under construction in Portland, and Oregon State University’s forestry and engineering programs recently teamed with the University of Oregon’s architecture program to form the TallWood Design Institute at the OSU campus. It’s the nation’s first research partnership to focus on the advance of structural wood products.

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$100000 donated to Clemson's Wood Utilization + Design Institute

Categories: Wood & Paper Products & Green Building
Region: United States; US East
Jun 22, 2017
Greenville News

The list of founding partners for Clemson University’s Wood Utilization + Design Institute continues to grow as two more companies have made donations to help support the advancement of the wood products building industry. Researchers at the Clemson Wood Utilization + Design Institute are testing cross laminated timber to determine burn rates, wind resistance and structural load. The Lendlease Corp. and Simspon Strong-Tie each donated $50,000 to help fund the Institute, which brings together foresters, architects, engineers, constructors and building industry stakeholders to design advances in wood-based products through education and training, product research and development, as well as development of technical and design solutions.

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