DHA recently cohosted a webinar with the U.S. Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) to clarify new restrictions on hard maple veneer exports to Europe. These restrictions are causing major disruptions throughout the veneer industry. DHA is taking numerous steps to address the crisis, including detailing typical log heat treatment and veneer drying procedures to APHIS. These procedures are likely to be more effective in preventing the spread of Davidsoniella virescens, a fungus that causes sapstreak disease, than the kiln drying of hardwood lumber permitted throughout Europe.
Promoting the benefits of decorative hardwoods is a primary goal of DHA. We are pleased to announce our new Material Guide to Decorative Hardwood Plywood, now available from Material Intelligence. This guide for design professionals highlights the enduring beauty of decorative hardwood plywood and its climate benefits.
If you have questions or comments, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association
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