On Earth Day, President Biden issued a new executive order impacting forests and the surrounding communities. According to the White House, the order is designed to "strengthen America's forests, boost wildfire resilience, and combat global warming." Using more forest products can help accomplish these goals by sustainably harvesting wood and storing that carbon for decades to come. The Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials published a new fact sheet earlier this year that highlights the benefits of managed working forests. At this point, it's unclear whether the executive order will fully recognize all benefits of using wood products.
Beyond the carbon storage benefits of decorative hardwoods, people benefit from the warmth and timeless beauty of hardwood products such as wood furniture, panels, cabinets, and engineered hardwood floors. We are looking forward to the upcoming launch of the DHA-supported, Real American Hardwood™ marketing campaign and public website that will highlight these benefits.
I also look forward to seeing many of you at DHA’s Annual Meeting in less than two weeks. If you have questions or comments, contact me. I look forward to hearing from you.
Keith A. Christman, President
Decorative Hardwoods Association