National Forest Products Week

Awareness Activities Hosted by American Wood Council


Congress designated the third week of October (October 20-26, 2019) as National Forest Products Week (NFPW) to recognize the value of forest products and commit to conservation practices that help responsibly manage U.S. forests. This week celebrates the role and impact of forests and wood as an integral component to our nation's society.

As such, the American Wood Council (AWC) is calling all developers, architects, builders, material industries and forestry associations to come together and celebrate the impact of forests and wood products on our communities. As the voice of the North American wood products industry, AWC is providing resources for professionals to gather information on the key role forest and wood products play in built environment.

This year, AWC has worked with the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) to declare Tuesday, October 22 “Timber Innovation Day.”

We invite all, members and industry professionals alike, to participate in the following activities, share resources and spread the word using #ForestProductsWeek on social.

From Forest to Product – Wood’s Journey Social Series
To illustrate the sustainability of wood, from forests to final product, AWC created a social series that walks followers through wood’s benefits both to our ecosystem and our communities. Join us on Twitter each day to follow the journey. Download the series here.

Timber Innovation Day Hill Briefing
On Tuesday, October 22, AWC will host a lunch event on Capitol Hill featuring speakers USFS Chief Vicki Christiansen, Senator Angus King (I-ME), Senator Jim Risch (R-ID), Representative Bruce Westerman (R-AR), Russ Vaagen of Vaagen Timbers, and more. Our distinguished guests will discuss how innovative mass timber has the potential to support sustainable forestry practices, support rural jobs and lower the carbon footprint of the built environment. Use #TimberInnovationDay on Tuesday, October 22.
Letter to Editor
Interested in spreading the word on wood's beneficial role in our built environment? AWC has developed a letter that can be submitted to publications and grow awareness for the environmental and economic benefits of wood products. The letter is available for download at [here], and supporters are encouraged to share with their local media.

Mass Timber and Sustainability Factsheet
To recognize the mutually beneficial relationship between mass timber demand and use, and sustainability, check out our factsheet showcasing how mass timber innovation supports both our natural resources and built environment. Read the factsheet here.