News & Issues
“Only five companies nationally are still willing to write log truck vehicle insurance.”  This recent statement from forest industry insurance agents point to the underlying reasons for the formation of TEAM Safe Trucking (“TST”)--a coalition of forest products industry insurance companies, wood suppliers, wood consumers, associations, and others.  TEAM’s goal is “to reduce accidents through effective fleet management, increasing the number of safe, qualified drivers in order to deliver a sustainable and profitable supply chain.”
A lengthy feature in the January 4 Bellingham [Washington] Herald points toward a change in public and policymaker attitudes toward forest-health treatments in restraining the effects of wildfire, especially in the eastern Washington’s wildland-urban interface.
As we noted in December, one achievement of last year’s “Lame Duck” Omnibus Appropriations Bill was to compel the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw the controversial “interpretive rule” which it issued to clarify...
With the departure of FRA’s Northeast and Lake States Region Manager, Joel Swanton, FRA has contracted on an interim basis with Fred Souba to serve Lake States members and with Eric Kingsley to serve Northeast members.
Although independent pollsters predicted a nailbiter Election for control of the Senate, strong Republican voter turnout on November 4 decisively flipped the Senate from Democratic to Republican control, with...
Although the public comment period on the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s proposal to list the Northern Long-Eared Bat under the protection of the Endangered Species Act closed in August, both private and official communications to the Service continue.
In an October 27 press release, The Nature Conservancy states that research it has undertaken with Northern Arizona University “has found that accelerated thinning of Arizona’s overgrown ponderosa pine forest will not only help forest health...
On October 8, the White House Council on Environment Quality released its 79-page Climate and Natural Resources Policy Agenda, summarized on a six-page Fact Sheet, outlining programs to support the President’s Climate Action Plan announced last year.
As a direct result of Wood Supply Research Institute Board and Executive Committee action, WSRI has upgraded and expanded its Communications Tool Kit.
The Final Report of the Truck Size & Weight Study that Congress authorized in 2012, in place of immediately authorizing truck weight reform along the lines of the Safe & Efficient Transportation Act (HR 612), is due to be delivered to Congress this November, but we anticipate release of the “Technical Report” presenting the DOT study team’s data and its preliminary evaluation sometime during August.
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