February 21, 2019

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President Trump Prefers American Wood

President Trump's recent executive order prioritizes using American-made goods - including wood and wood products - for use in infrastructure projects.

Formaldehyde's Half-Life Is Minutes But The Political Debate Spans Four Decades

An upcoming report by Congress’ Government Accountability Office notes that EPA leadership has cut several chemical assessments previously considered a priority. Formaldehyde was one of those chemicals, suggesting that EPA leadership believes that the relationship between formaldehyde and leukemia is weak. The decision on priorities was made by political appointees with alleged strong ties to the chemical industry. House hearings are expected.

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Four Essential Features Of A Well-Planned Community
Russian Plywood Exports Soar

Russia's exports of plywood grew 8.7% last year to nearly 2.683 million cubic meters. Even more impressive was the growth in value: an increase of 22.9% to $1.355 billion.

Demand For NZ Wood Skyrockets As China Shuns U.S. Wood

Heightened Chinese demand for logs has pushed the export prices of New Zealand logs to new highs as China avoids buying U.S. timber. 

The Unpredictable Rise Of China

There are two important contradictions to China's perceived ambition to become the most powerful nation in the world, says an AEI expert. First, Chinese leadership's goals are more modest: to "reclaim its natural political and cultural importance." Second, that path is obstructed by a stagnating economy and party factionalism.

NEW DATES: Decorative Hardwoods Association Annual Meeting

The Decorative Hardwoods Association® Spring Conference and Annual Meeting will now be held Sunday, May 5 through Wednesday, May 8. The location is the same: the Hyatt Regency in Santa Rosa, the heart of Sonoma wine country.

"Wet" Concrete Costs Flooring Industry $1B Annually

Concrete moisture is one of the biggest problems facing the flooring industry. Resulting floor failures cost the industry an estimated $1 billion annually in addition to the downtime required to reinstall floors.

Unilin Files Patent Infringement Suits

Unilin filed lawsuits in Canada against a number of flooring businesses to protect the company's patents on bevel or "v‑groove" technology and their locking technologies.

EPA Redefines Waters Of The United States

EPA has issued a formal request for comments on their proposed rule to revise the definition of "waters of the United States." All comments must be received by April 15.

Wood Recognized As Carbon Neutral

The bipartisan agreement on government funding, recently passed to avoid another partial government shutdown, includes official recognition of the carbon neutrality of wood biomass.

Pacific Northwest Coastal Forests Will Change

Researchers at Oregon State University modeled the effect of climate change on the coastal forests of the Pacific Northwest. The result: the composition of these forests is likely to change from predominately conifers to a mix of conifers and hardwoods.

Canadian Trees Are Dying Younger

Over the last 60 years, the life expectancy of trees in Canada has decreased significantly due to rising levels of carbon dioxide and less available water. The fastest growing trees are showing the greatest decline. 

Lawmakers Seek Input On Cap & Trade Proposal

Oregon legislators are actively seeking public input on the proposed cap and trade program that will regulate how much certain industries can pollute by charging them for emissions.

Using Remote Sensing To Diagnose Nutritional Deficiencies

Researchers have published a new paper about how to use remote sensing technologies to identify the impact of nutritional deficiencies on forests to help forest managers improve forest productivity.

Firefighters' New Tool For Predicting Wildfires: Hot-Dry-Windy Index
President Trump: Governor Newsome Agrees California "Needs To Do More"
BLM Acts To Reduce Wildfire Risks In California
30-Year Mortgage Rate Drops To 12-Month Low Of 4.37%
Canadian Housing Starts Steady In January
Remodelers, Architects Cautiously Optimistic
Barriers To Homeownership Begin With Home Prices
Illinois Tops 2018 LEED Building Rankings
6 Tons Of Teak Seized In Myanmar; 600 Logs Confiscated, 4 Arrested In Brazil
New Additive Provides Fire Protection For Wood

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