February 24, 2022

DHA eNews - DHA Supports Legislation To Improve Trade Enforcement

This Week's Insights

Last week, our association commended Congress for moving forward with legislation to address China's abusive trade practices and asked Congress to include important new measures to improve trade enforcement in the final legislation.

The White House also launched a new effort to purchase low-carbon building products, creating new opportunities for engineered wood flooring, hardwood plywood, and hardwood veneer. These and other wood products store carbon while in use. And, a new study from Sweden adds to the large body of evidence that working forests store more carbon than unmanaged forests. DHA and others in the industry are working to find more ways to tell this story.

Earlier this month, we published the Decorative Hardwoods Association 2022 Where to Buy. Our comprehensive directory lists trusted providers of decorative hardwood products, highlights what's new, answers frequently asked questions about decorative hardwoods, and provides additional resources. If you haven't already, download your free copy now.

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Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association

DHA Supports Legislation To Improve Trade Enforcement

Decorative Hardwoods Association published a letter commending Congress for moving forward with legislation to increase U.S. competitiveness and address China's abusive trade practices, and specifically requesting that the legislation include the Leveling the Playing Field Act 2.0.

White House Launches Low-Carbon Construction Initiative

On February 15, the White House announced that it will create a "Buy Clean" task force that will focus on the production and purchase of low-carbon materials made in the U.S. for use in federal construction projects. The task force will identify products with lower embodied emissions and pollutants across their lifecycle, including each stage of the manufacturing process.

Canada's Lumber Giants Expand Into U.S.

The U.S. South is becoming an increasingly important lumber supplier in North America. Canadian lumber companies are expanding into the region to gain access to its forests. An added benefit: avoiding U.S. tariffs on softwood.

Vietnam's Wood Industry Continues To Grow

Expect Vietnam's wood and wood furniture products industry to continue to grow in 2022, experts say, due in part to international demand. Last year, Vietnam's exports of wood and wood products reached $14.5 billion, an increase of 17.2%.

Download Your Copy Of The 2022 Where To Buy

Don't miss out! Claim your free copy of the Decorative Hardwoods Association Where to Buy Membership Directory to see what's new. Use the guide to find reputable, reliable manufacturers and distributors of engineered wood flooring, veneer, and hardwood plywood, as well as the equipment and supplies needed to produce gorgeous hardwood products.

Oregon To Receive Funds For Wildfire Recovery

The U.S. Forest Service in Oregon will receive more than $262 million in federal disaster funding to help the state recover from forest fires. The funds are part of the $1.1 billion in federal emergency funding that will help regions across the U.S. recover from recent disasters.

Intensive Forestry Increases Climate Benefits

A new study led by the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences shows that forests that have been used intensively increase their carbon stock, while forests that have not been used as intensively have relatively unchanged carbon stock.

UK Loses Millions Of Trees

Severe winter weather has toppled more than eight million trees across the United Kingdom. More are threatened by oncoming storms. As the climate heats, weather is becoming more severe and unpredictable, which means that forest management and planting strategies must adapt more quickly.

New Laws In Sweden May Prohibit Logging During Large Parts Of The Year

New rulings in parts of Europe have created a "new order in the forest." According to Swedish Forest Industries, forest owners must now consider all wild bird species—at the individual level—since they are protected under the Species Protection Ordinance. This will make forestry impossible for large parts of the year.

Source: Timber Industry News

Beetles, Warm Weather Drive Up Lumber Prices

Twenty years ago, the warming Canadian Rockies gave rise to swarms of mountain pine beetles. Those beetles have devastated 50 million acres of forest and have helped cause one of the worst lumber shortages in history. Prices have jumped 200-300% higher than pandemic levels.

Deforestation In Amazon Rainforest Hits Another Record

Brazil recorded the most deforestation ever in the Amazon rainforest for the month of January. Total deforestation in the Amazon rainforest in Brazil reached 166 square miles, five times higher than last January.

Illegal Timber From Russia Likely In EU Supply Chain

Experts report that companies in the EU and Britain are still buying lumber from the affiliates of a conglomerate caught illegally clearcutting trees in Russia's taiga. Environmentalists are calling for PEFC to close loopholes in the certification process. 

U.S. Economy Will Expand 3.5% This Year, Experts Say

Last year, the U.S. Leading Economic Index ended on an upward trend, suggesting the economy will continue to expand well into the spring.

U.S. Housing Starts Drop 4.1%, The First Decline In Four Months
Expect Economic Growth To Slow As Fed Fights Inflation
NAHB/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index Drops Another Point
Canadian Housing Starts Trend Lower
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Housing Sentiment Drifts Lower As Affordability Constraints Sharpen
Townhouse Construction Surged Last Year
U.S. Home Prices Rise, But At Slower Pace
Soaring Construction Costs Result In Lowest Housing Affordability In Ten Years
Construction Employment Down Despite Record Wages
Job Growth Accelerates: 467,000 Nonfarm Payrolls Added
Inflation Reaches 40-Year High
New Flooring Products Offer An Eclectic Mix Of Styles
Furniture Market Continues To Grow
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