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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: Final Farm Bill encourages mass timber innovation

Dec 12, 2018

WASHINGTON – American Wood Council (AWC) President & CEO Robert Glowinski issued the following statement regarding today’s final passage of the 2018 Farm Bill. The bill includes the Research Title and Wood Innovation Grant language from the Timber Innovation Act  (S.538/H.R. 1380), and separately a clarification on what constitutes a “USDA Certified Biobased Product” under federal procurement guidelines. AWC partnered with the National Alliance of Forest Owners and Southeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association.

“Innovation is something everyone can agree on. We are pleased that the final Farm Bill promotes further research and development into mass timber, an emerging category of wood products that will revolutionize how America builds. Use of mass timber will allow the United States to build tall buildings out of renewable, carbon-sequestering materials.”

“AWC thanks the conferees for their time and dedication reconciling their respective Farm Bills. The leadership of House Chairman Mike Conaway (R-TX) and Ranking Member Collin Peterson (D-MN), and Senate Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), as well as the over 50 bipartisan cosponsors of the Timber Innovation Act in both the House and Senate, produced a bill that supports our nation’s forest products industry. We encourage the President to quickly sign this bill into law.”

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