February 18, 2021

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New Commerce Secretary Vows "Aggressive" Action On China

Gina Raimondo, President Biden's nominee for Secretary of Commerce, stated that the U.S. must take "aggressive" action to counter China's "unfair" trade practices, while also working to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S. The new administration will review policies carried over from former President Trump.

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China Cuts Tariffs On Timber

China's Customs Tariff Commission of the State Council declared that tariffs have been reduced on certain products imported into China beginning January 1. More than 100 types of forest products are included. This action demonstrates the importance of the wood industry to China.

NAHB Announces Top Trends For Home Buyers

Leading the trend of what today's home buyers want: energy efficiency. Green certification and health and wellness also rank high.

Rockler Donates $50,000 To Hardwood Forestry Fund

This year, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware has donated $50,000 to the Hardwood Forestry Fund to support tree planting projects across the U.S. Since 2008, Rockler has donated more than $100,000 to help fund HFF reforestation projects in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas, Wisconsin, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, and more.

Mohawk Names James Brunk As CFO

Effective April 1, Mohawk Industries will promote James Brunk to chief financial officer. He succeeds Frank Boykin, who will retire.

New At Capital Testing: Xenon Arc Weathering

Capital Testing (formerly HPVA Laboratories®) has added a xenon arc weathering test chamber. The accelerated weathering chamber is now available to evaluate how exposure to sunlight, rain, and heat affects your plastics, textiles, coatings, and more. For more information or to schedule a test, contact the Capital Testing team.

Researchers Reveal Forests’ Unexpected Role In Climate Change

In a new study, West Virginia University biologists show that trees are capturing more carbon dioxide than previously thought. After analyzing multiple tree ring studies, the researchers found that increases in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere over the past century resulted in an increase in trees' water-use efficiency (the ratio of carbon dioxide used in photosynthesis to the water lost by transpiration).

New Robot Could Help Plant A Trillion Trees

Milrem Robotics, an Estonian company that began by building tanks, has now developed a robot forester that can plant and nurture young trees. The new robot planter carries up to 300 saplings and can plant a hectare (about 2.5 acres) of forest in less than six hours.

MN, WI Could Plant More Trees To Slow Climate Change

A Nature Conservancy report finds pastureland and open urban areas offer massive potential to capture carbon dioxide and slow climate change. Minnesota could add 3.6 million acres of trees, with another 3.1 million more acres possible in Wisconsin.

Source: The Nature Conservancy

NASA Satellites Help Quantify Forests’ Impacts On Global Carbon

A team of international researchers, including NASA scientists, found a new way to quantify how changes in forests have impacted the concentration of carbon in the atmosphere. They were also able to distinguish between the contributions of different forest types.

Illegal Loggers Evade Punishment In Indonesia

Illegal loggers in Indonesia's Papua region have evaded punishment and continue to operate unimpeded, according to the Environmental Investigation Agency's forensic analysis of enforcement and court cases between 2018 and 2020.

U.S., UK Firms Gamble On Risky Brazilian Timber

Massive volumes of Amazon timber are entering the U.S. and EU in possible breaches of import regulations following a controversial decision by the Bolsonaro administration to lift sanctions against a domestic flooring firm. The products were made from species seized by Brazil’s environment agency, Ibama, that were later released.

Source: Earthsight

Transparent Wood Moves Closer To Real-World Use

University of Maryland scientists have developed a new way to make wood transparent. Instead of using sodium chlorite to remove the wood's lignin, the new method uses hydrogen peroxide to remove the molecules that give lignin color. The result is 90% transparent and 50 times stronger than using the previous method.

Cabinet Sales Rise In December

Cabinet sales rose 11.6% in December 2020 vs. one year ago. Last year ended on a high note, with six straight months of year-over-year growth and total annual cabinet sales up by 2%.

New-Home Sales Increase Slightly In December
Canadian Housing Starts Bounce Back To Highest Level Since 2008
More All-Cash New Home Sales In Busy 4th Quarter
Construction Spending Up 1% In December
Mortgage Activity Continues At Higher Pace
Survey Shows Greater Spending On Home Improvement Projects In 2021
Industry Outlook: See What's In Store For Housing In 2021
Economist Predicts That Housing Boom Will End After 2021
Unemployment In Commercial Construction Reaches 9.4%
Russia's Proposed Ban On Log Exports Will Have A Far-Reaching Impact On The Global Market For Forest Products
Residential Remodeling Recovered Since Onset Of COVID-19
Multifamily Housing Down In 2021 But Should Rebound In 2022
PHOTOS: 15 Can't-Miss Waterfalls

See fifteen favorite waterfalls in U.S. national forests, the perfect destination for a long or short hike.

Enter The 2021 Forests In Focus Photography Contest

American Forests’ 2021 Forests in Focus photo contest is now open. Submissions, due no later than March 5, should show the diversity of forests and their many benefits.

VIDEO: A Hotel Built With Wood & An 11‑Person Crew?

LendLease safely constructed the Redstone Arsenal Hotel with mass timber and cut construction time by 37%.

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