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The wood using industries that receive logs, chips, sawmill  residuals, sawdust, micro-chips, and other forest products have dramatically changed in composition in the past 20 years. A pre-2000's era dominated by sawmills and pulp mills as the primary wood users, today includes wood pellet plants of several types and sizes producing a bio-fuel for export, biomass power plants, biomass conversion to produce liquid fuels, and other more exotic methods. What do you need to know about wood, bark and biomass that will help you deliver exactly what these processes need? How can knowing about wood help you to win contracts with demanding buyers?

This webinar is a brief introduction to wood technology at a very basic level that will discuss wood and wood products as feedstocks for pulping but also for pelleting, chemical conversion for fuels, and combustion for electrical power generation.

Webinar presenters included Desmond Smith, Dr Chips Consulting LLC, and Bill Fuller, FRM Consulting.

This webinar provided an overview of an exciting new platform recently launched by the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, in partnership with the state logging associations in Virginia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. Timberhauling.com is designed to provide national buying power to the small independent trucking and hauling businesses serving the forest products industry. Project goals include providing significant cost savings on goods and services as well as improving the overall operational efficiency for this critical sector of the supply chain. Enrollment is open for contractors in VA, NC, and SC during the pilot program phase; however, there is optimism that a national scale platform will result upon successful completion of the initial project serving the Mid-Atlantic Region. Webinar presenters included Pete Madden and Ewell Smith of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities.
The signatories of this letter represent the forest products industry wood supply chain and are part of an industry that contributes $300 billion annually to local economies and supports one million well-paying jobs in the United States.
Tonya Muse, a Partner in the U.S. Corporate and Government Affairs Practice, as well as the Industrial Practice of Odgers Berndtson, a global executive search firm joined FRA for this webinar. Finding and retaining skilled workers is a top challenge for companies, particularly in a post-COVID environment. In this webinar, Tonya presented some strategies and ideas to grow and strengthen your workforce to compete in a global marketplace. As the forest products industry continues to struggle with a labor shortage, this webinar offers important insights into this challenge.
Millions of acres of America’s forests and thousands of jobs for U.S. workers depend on the critical seasonal tree planting performed by H-2B workers each year. Over the past decade, the shortage of U.S. workers willing to fill these strenuous seasonal jobs has continued to get worse, and the decreasing availability of H-2B visas is putting the health of our forests at risk.
The Forest Resources Association (FRA) honored Dr. Joe Conrad as its 2021 National  Technical Writing Award Winner during the 2021 Annual Meeting on May 19th. This annual award recognizes the best Technical Release published as selected by FRA’s National Operations Committee.
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