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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.”

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:04

Estate Tax Relief for Forest Owners Introduced

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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.

Wednesday, 26 September 2012 14:02

“Nanocrystalline Cellulose”

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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...

Thursday, 30 August 2012 14:04

Verso’s Forest Certification Grant Program

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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...

On August 1, the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee voted unanimously to approve a very slightly modified version of Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s (R-Washington) Silviculture Regulatory Consistency Act (HR 2541)

In a July 23 op-ed appearing in the Asheville [North Carolina] Citizen-Times, one David Young argues the case that the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) building standard’s  bias in favor of Forest Stewardship Council-certified wood...

Friday, 03 August 2012 13:58

Housing: Leading Recovery?

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“Housing Isn’t a Horror Show Anymore” announces a July 27 Wall Street Journal headline, summarizing several weeks of surprisingly firm housing data, including a slight (but broad-based) tick up in home prices, a strong June resurgence...

On July 12, the Sustainable Forestry Initiative announced that it had provided a $40,000 grant to the National Association of State Foresters, to promote...

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