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National Forest Products Week

Awareness Activities Hosted by American Wood Council

 

Congress designated the third week of October (October 21-27, 2018) 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 acknowledge 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 our ecosystem.

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

 

How Wood Builds Our World Infographic
To illustrate why our world needs sustainable wood products and forests, AWC created an infographic that outlines the impact of wood use on North American forests and communities. This infographic highlights how wood builds our world and touches each facet of our ecosystem, including homes, schools, the economy at large and the environment.
Why Our World Needs Wood
Wood products are a key component of our ecosystem, as they help to build affordable, sustainable structures. In honor of World Habitat Day, a day that recognizes the basic right of everyone to adequate shelter, AWC published a release that highlights wood's role in creating affordable, resilient, sustainably-built housing.
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.
Wood Builds Our World Twitter Q&A
Forestry associations and AWC member companies are coming together for a live Twitter Q&A on Tuesday, October 23 at 11amPT/2pmET to discuss the impact of wood products on our ecosystem. Tune in using the hashtag #WoodBuildsOurWorld.

Urban Sustainability, Rural Prosperity

Watch the 2015 panel discussion on mass timber featuring architect Michael Green.

 
Headlines

AWC, NAFO, SLMA Statement on the Senate Farm Bill

Jun 12, 2018

The American Wood Council, the National Alliance of Forest Owners and the Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association responded in a joint statement to the introduction of the Senate Agriculture Committee’s Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, otherwise known as the farm bill.

“We applaud the Committee for introducing the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, a bipartisan bill, that supports many important policies and key programs that encourage American innovation and support our nation’s private forest owners and forest products industry. The inclusion of the wood innovation grant program (WIG) and research provision of the Timber Innovation Act (S. 538) recognizes that research and development of mass timber products is within the U.S. Forest Service’s mandate 'to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of the nation’s forests and grasslands to meet the needs of present and future generations,' while bringing much-needed jobs to rural America. WIGs represent a critical bridge between research and private sector development, providing financial and technical support for projects to get off the ground. We look forward to working with Chairman Roberts, Ranking Member Stabenow and the rest of the Committee to get a bipartisan farm bill across the finish line with continued support of our nation’s private forests and wood products manufacturing.”

 
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