August 06, 2020

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Federal Rule Sparks Trade Dispute Between Canada & Japan

A federal rule mandates that private forest operators in Canada offer the right of first refusal to domestic sawmills before the operators can receive export permits. Japan and Canada are now at odds over the rule, as the Canadian government committed to easing restrictions on raw logs in exchange for the elimination of Japanese tariffs on Canadian lumber and plywood.

Vietnam's Wood Exports Recover

Vietnam pocketed more than $5 billion from exporting timber and wood products in the first six months of 2020, an increase of nearly 30% vs. one year ago. Vietnam's exports of wood products to the U.S. and Canada grew by 43.1% and 19.5%, respectively.

High Demand For Furniture Puts Pressure On Lead Times

Consistent consumer demand for furniture has been an upside of the pandemic for some countries in Asia. The downside is longer lead times: many importers say that they won't be able to ship July orders until the fourth quarter. This is impacting China, Vietnam, Malaysia, India, and Indonesia.

New Wood Dust Requirements Take Effect In September

The National Fire Protection Standard, NFPA 652, contains new requirements that take effect next month. The rule affects wood-processing firms and is designed to reduce the risk of injury or death from a combustible dust explosion.

Remembering Jon Snyder

We regret to inform you that Jon Snyder, former president of Arkansas Face Veneer, passed away on July 21. Jon was a respected, long-term member of Decorative Hardwoods Association, serving as board chairman as well as in a number of other roles, including serving on the board of our Hardwood Forestry Fund. His family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

A Wooden Boat Like No Other

See photos and read more about Spirit Yachts' new single-masted wooden yacht. The unique, curved interior was inspired by Arizona's Antelope Canyon.

Tips For Selling Wood Vs. Lookalike Flooring

Selling points for real wood flooring include authenticity, durability, value, and how new hardwood flooring products hold up to water.

FSC Complacent About IKEA Illegal Timber Scandal

Little has happened since June, when Earthsight released the findings of an 18-month long investigation into illegal timber being used in IKEA products - although the products bear the eco-friendly, green label of the Forest Stewardship Council. The FSC's published response does not welcome the findings, nor does it promise to investigate them.

FSC Restarts Checks In Indonesia

After cutting operations in Indonesia to about 50% in May due to the coronavirus, the FSC says that it will ramp back up by September. The organization had paused some investigations and reduced the number of claims processed.

Using Open Data To Tackle Illegal Logging In Brazil

Numerous organizations in Brazil have been using open data to increase transparency in forestry and to combat illegal logging. Open data - information that is available to anyone for any purpose - includes logging permits, timber transport, and processing and trade data. It also includes land data: the location of conservation units, indigenous lands, and private properties.

Download The Standard For Legal Timber Due Diligence

Protect your supply chain - and your company - by following the American National Standard for Due Diligence in Procuring/Sourcing Legal Timber and the companion "plug and play" management system to ensure your internal due diligence quality assurance program excludes illegal timber.

Robot Machinery Will Help Harvest Forests

A Canadian firm is planning to revolutionize how forests are harvested. FPInnovations' latest automated harvesting projects will use a log loader to automate the crane function and an unmanned ground vehicle to help with autonomous navigation and determining real-time forest inventory.

New Tree Sensors Use Wireless Technology

Researchers in England have begun a three-month trial of experimental sensors, attached to trees and connected by wireless technology, that will collect data on tree growth, temperature, humidity, soil moisture, and more.

August Is Tree Check Month

The USDA declared August "Tree Check Month." It is peak time to spot the Asian longhorned beetle as the adult beetles emerge from trees. Reports will help the USDA's efforts to eliminate this destructive pest.

Timber Innovation Center To Be Built In Washington State

Darrington, WA will be the home of a 100-acre timber innovation center, thanks to a $2 million grant from the state. The center will create 100 new jobs and include companies that build or manufacture mass timber, cross-laminated timber, and modular housing.

Airplane Fuel Made From Wood Waste

Four years ago, Alaska Airlines made history with the first commercial flight that used aviation fuel made of wood waste and forest residues. Now, a research team at the Korean Institute of Science and Technology has developed a technology to mass-produce aviation grade fuels from wood waste.

Pending New Home Sales Index Hits High: Up 18.2%
Existing Home Sales Grow 20.7%
Commercial Construction Spending Drops; Worst Downturn On Record
Builder Confidence In 55+ Housing Market Rebounds
Low Mortgage Rates Result In More Prospective Home Buyers
Housing Share Of GDP Reaches 13-Year High

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