June 10, 2021

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Vietnam's Wood Exports Continue To Soar

Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development reports that the export value of wood and wood products has reached $6.6 billion in the first five months of this year - a whopping 61.3% increase vs. last year. Nearly 85% of the total value of Vietnam's wood and wood products exports is shipped to just four countries: the U.S., China, Japan, and South Korea.

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Guitar Industry Struggles With Hidden Environmental Issues

The guitar-making industry prizes rare woods from old-growth trees for their acoustic properties. But, using this wood has meant entanglements in scandals over illegal logging, resource scarcity, and conflicts with new regulations that restrict the trade of endangered species of trees. Many rare woods come from areas with legacies of environmental conflict, colonial violence, and dispossession.

Regulation Is $93,870 Of A New Home's Price

A new NAHB study shows that regulations imposed by the government across all levels now account for $93,870 of the final price of a new single-family home. $41,330 is due to the higher price for the finished lot, based on regulations imposed during the development of the lot. $52,540 is the regulatory cost imposed on the builder during construction.

Tariffs Double On Canadian Lumber

Lumber firms support the U.S. Department of Commerce's plan to double tariff rates on most Canadian softwood timber. That plan has angered home builders. While the new rates vary by company, expect overall increases from 9% to 18.32%.

California Fiddles While Its Forests Burn

The California Assembly has passed legislation requiring that all state procurement contracts protect boreal forests - covering Canada, Alaska, and U.S. border states and tropical forests - as well as fundamental Indigenous rights "to safeguard the world's most indispensable natural allies in the fight against climate change."

But, Closer To Home…

"Fire season 2021 is looking grim," said California's only wildfire research center on Twitter. The researchers' concern is the low level of fuel-moisture content, the statistic that measures the ratio of moisture to flammable material in plants, trees, and shrubs. Last year's wildfire season broke records: there were 9,639 fires across the state, burning nearly 4.4 million acres over 4% of the state's area. In addition to the swaths of destruction, state residents suffered from poor air quality and rolling power cuts.

Virginia Needs More Hardwood Seedlings

Trees are one of the most powerful ways to offset the carbon that will continue to be released by the use of fossil fuels and from certain industries. Forestry experts say the existing supply of seedlings, particularly hardwood seedlings, is falling short of what is needed to meet ambitious climate change goals.

Expect More Zombie Fires As Climate Warms

Canadian researchers expect to see more zombie fires as the climate warms and winters shorten. The existence of zombie fires - underground fires that continue to burn throughout the winter - was once thought to be a myth. Now, experts believe that these fires are likely to become more common.

First-Ever Interactive Mapping Tool For Reforestation

The Reforestation Hub, launched earlier this year, provides a comprehensive look at the potential to reforest the contiguous U.S., focusing on what is most cost-effective and feasible. The tool enables users to identify reforestation opportunities across the country and to create strategies for ramping up forest restoration.

Submit Grant Proposals To HFF By July 15

This year's deadline to submit a request for funding to the Hardwood Forestry Fund is Thursday, July 15. HFF supports sustainable forestry by providing grants for tree planting, direct seeding, natural regeneration, forest management, and hardwood research on public lands. Thanks to the generous support of members, HFF has helped plant more than 4 million trees over the past three decades.

China's Hunger For Timber Strips Suriname's Forests

More than half of the logging concessions in Suriname, South America, are owned by Chinese companies. A journalist in Suriname reports that more than half of the logging in the country is illegal, stating that "not so long ago these logs were giants from [the] rainforest, 100 years old, most of them now destined to China."

In Chile, Convoys Of Stolen Wood Are Common

Authorities in Arauco, Chile seized a convoy of trucks with massive amounts of stolen timber: illegally harvested pine worth an estimated $10.5 million. The frequency of seizures of illegal wood shows just how common it is for timber traffickers to steal wood from legal plantations in the heart of Chile's logging industry.

Pandemic Provides Cover For Illegal Logging In Indonesia

Illegal logging in the rainforests on Sulawesi Island surged by 70% last year, according to a local NGO. Forestry authorities were forced to reduce monitoring and enforcement activities due to COVID-19.

Nippon Paper Determined To Make Batteries From Trees

Nippon Paper is focusing on new breakthroughs in cellulose nanofibers. The company intends to build cellulose nanofiber-based supercapacitors with vastly improved performance - and less environmental impact - than the batteries currently used in cars and smartphones.

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