August 19, 2021

DHA eNews - $6 Billion For Forest Improvements In $1,000 Billion Infrastructure Bill

$6 Billion For Forest Improvements In $1,000 Billion Infrastructure Bill

The bipartisan infrastructure moving through Congress includes at least $5.75 billion for restoring, monitoring, and researching forests, including policies that could make it easier to prepare for wildfires.

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Waters Of The United States Expansion Underway

The EPA and the U.S. Department of Army plan to revise the definition of "waters of the United States" (WOTUS). This would restore the regulations defining WOTUS that were in place before 2015, consistent with relevant Supreme Court decisions.

Biden Administration Issues Buy American Rule

The proposal is designed to ensure the future of America is made in America by all of America's workers. It includes strengthening Buy America requirements and the most robust changes to the implementation of the Buy America Act in almost 70 years.

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Russian Plywood Exports Increase

The total export value of plywood increased by 31.4% vs. one year ago.

Vietnam Reports Record High In Wood Products Export Value In June 2021

Vietnam exported wood and wooden products worth more than $8 billion in the first and second quarters, an increase of more than 62% vs. one year ago. Exports reached a record high of nearly $1.6 billion in June.

AHF Products Buys American OEM

American OEM, based in Burns, Tennessee, has been acquired by AHF Products of Mountville, Pennsylvania. The acquisition adds an eighth wood manufacturing facility and three brands to AHF's portfolio.

Veneer Tech Announces Craftsman's Challenge Winner

David W. Lamb, a cabinetmaker in Canterbury, New Hampshire, won the Grand Prize in the Veneer Tech Craftsman's Challenge for 2021. The winning design, chosen from 88 entries, was a contemporary styled furniture piece called the New Hampshire Secretary.

Raute Receives Machine Orders From Russia

Raute Corporation received orders for machinery and equipment worth about EUR16 million from the Segezha Group in Russia. The orders include new production lines and upgrades to existing lines to increase veneer production, as well as production lines to further process plywood.

Keith Christman Selected As DHA President

Keith Christman will become the next president of the Decorative Hardwoods Association beginning September 1. Keith was the managing director for plastics markets for 10 years at the American Chemistry Council and a 30-year veteran of that association in various positions. Kip Howlett, DHA's current president, will remain for a transition period as DHA celebrates its 100th anniversary.

Amazon Forest Loss Hits Second-Highest Level Since 2008
Russia's Forests Seem To Store 39% More Carbon Than Previously Estimated
Conservation Groups Call For More Aggressive Forest Management

Fifteen conservation organizations have signed an open letter to the U.S. Forest Service calling for more aggressive forest management practices, including thinning by selective logging, removing the branches and tops of fallen trees, and taking these materials out of the forest to be used as wood chips or other useful products.

Smoke From Wildfires Reaches North Pole For First Time In History
Birch Bark Used For Personal Care Products

Metsä Spring Ltd. and Innomost Ltd. have entered into a new venture to use birch bark components in a range of ingredients for use in cosmetics and personal products including skin, hair, body, and oral care as well as decorative cosmetics.

Wooden Football Stadium In Western England Highlights Rising Demand For Eco-Friendly Material
New-Home Sales Drop 6.6% In June 2021
Existing Home Sales Rise 1.4% From May To June 2021
Building Permits In Canada Up 6.9% In June
Housing Is Nearly 17% Of GDP
Housing Affordability Plunges
Unfilled Job Openings Hit 48-Year High
Hybrid Flooring Has Been Taking The Market By Storm
Furniture Orders Up 47% In May 2021
Survey Finds 62% Of Consumers Want Furniture Made In America
Wood Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

What is the largest hardwood tree found east of the Sierra Nevada mountains?

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