News & Issues

Sweden’s ElmiaWood trade fair, the world’s largest forestry and logging equipment exhibition, has been announced for June 5-8, 2013 at a forested setting near the city of Jönköping in southern Sweden.

FRA’s Board has identified the credit crisis afflicting loggers and other small businesses in the wood supply chain as a policy priority for FRA, and FRA has endorsed the Credit Union Small Business Jobs Bill (S 2231, HR 1418).

In early October, a Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration official stated that FMCSA was exploring ways for motor carriers to receive credits to their Compliance, Safety, Accountability (CSA) BASIC scores for positive screening or inspection outcomes, rather than just demerits for defects.

On September 27, an estimated 70 log trucks, at least some fully loaded, “rolled through downtown Duluth [Minnesota] this morning to draw attention to complaints about weight limits on interstate highways that lead some trucks to use state highways and city streets instead,” according to that day’s [Minneapolis] MinnPost.

On August 13, Rep. Glenn Thompson (R-Pennsylvania), Chair of the House Conservation, Energy and Forestry Subcommittee, and Rep. Kurt Schrader (D-Oregon), a member of that Subcommittee, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack expressing their concern about USDA’s implementation of its Biobased Markets Program, which establishes a federal procurement preference and voluntary labeling program for what it defines as “biobased products.”

On September 19, Rep. Diane Black (R-Tennessee) and Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) introduced the Keep the Forest and Farm in the Family Act of 2012 (HR 6439) to provide estate tax relief for forest owners, farmers, and ranchers—presuming Congress fails to extend estate tax provisions scheduled to expire this December 31.

An article dated August 24 from New Scientist magazine profiles “the hottest new material in town,” known as nanocrystalline cellulose (NCC), produced by highly specialized processes from purified wood pulp.

The new Highway Bill, signed into law on July 6, did not enact the comprehensive truck weight reform to liberalize Interstate access that FRA and our allies advocated, since maneuvers by our opponents resulted in a “study” of potential impacts being substituted.  However, thanks to the work of Congressional...

On June 25, Verso Paper launched its Verso Forest Certification Grant Program, an initiative aimed at increasing fiber and land certified to the Tree Farm or Sustainable Forestry Initiative standards on lands near Verso’s mills in Maine and Michigan.  As Fiber Supply Manager Jim Contino notes...

From an August 7 press release from the White House:  “Today, as a part of his We Can’t Wait initiative, President Obama announced that seven nationally and regionally significant solar and wind energy projects will be expedited, including projects in Arizona, California, Nevada, and Wyoming.  Together, these job-creating infrastructure projects would...

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