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Tuesday, 07 June 2011 09:04

MN DOT Releases GVW Study “Short Form”

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We were pleased to observe the Minnesota Department of Transportation, this March, publishing a two-page summary of the major conclusions of its lengthy 2006 study, Minnesota Truck Size and Weight Project: Final Report, concluding with as clear an endorsement of the Safe and Efficient Transportation Act of 2011 as any advocate could wish for:

Monday, 16 May 2011 09:41

Southern Cyclones = Salvage Hazards

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The impacts of the extreme cyclones that lashed the South in several separate storm systems during April have taken a catastrophic toll in human life across several states.

On April 17 it was announced that Washington State’s Shoreline Hearings Board had dismissed an appeal of Nippon Paper’s plans to build a biomass boiler associated with its newsprint mill at Port Angeles, Washington.

FRA has made available access rights to a “streaming video” record of the 90-minute Webinar on Global Wood Flow – 2011 and Beyond.

Monday, 16 May 2011 09:30

Recovery in OSB

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RISI’s April International Woodfiber Report notes that North American oriented strand-board mills increased their wood consumption by almost 9% during 2010, “ending a three-year run-down in the industry.”

On February 18, Rep. Mike Michaud (D-Maine) and Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohio) re-introduced their Safe & Efficient Transportation Act of 2011 (SETA) as HR 763—essentially the same bill they co-sponsored in the last congress.
Thursday, 14 April 2011 15:16

USDA Promotes Wood in “Green Building”

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In a March 30 speech at an “International Year of Forests” celebration, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack explicitly endorsed the use of wood as a green building material, outlining a three-part “plan,” expressing the Department’s priorities...
Having observed through several years the proliferation of such e-mail taglines as “Please don’t print this e-mail,” keyboarder and Tree Farmer Chuck Leavell and forester Carlton Owen decided to make the case for paper consumption as a stimulus for sustainable forestry in a jointly authored commentary appearing in the March 30 Wall Street Journal.
Thursday, 14 April 2011 15:00

New Anti-Tick Apparel Shows Promise

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A controlled study undertaken by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill measured 93% fewer tick attachments among a group of state water quality employees who wore the commercial tick-repelling garment Insect Shield Repellent Apparel, compared to workers in similar environments who used conventional spray repellants or other prevention methods. 

Wednesday, 09 February 2011 11:35

New Growth, New Iron: Delivering Sustainability

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FRA and our partner, the Arkansas Timber Producers Association, are well into production of the third In-Woods Expo, a three-day world-class logging and forestry demo on a Weyerhaeuser forest near Hot Springs, Arkansas. Reserve the dates now: May 19-21 (Thursday through Saturday) to attend the largest live logging demo in the United States.

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