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Wood Supply Chain Schematic Wednesday, 08 September 2021 09:44

Wood Supply Chain Schematic

FRA’s Wood Supply Chain schematic will help people understand and visualize the wood supply chain that is captured in those three simple words, “woods to mill.” The uses of this schematic are many, including to assist in discussions with policymakers, the orientation of new employees, briefing of customers, woods, and mill tours, and informing educators, just to mention a few. This schematic features 50 easy to tear out pages.
Carbon Fact Sheets Wednesday, 08 September 2021 09:37

Carbon Fact Sheets

FRA has developed new fact sheets that show the role of forestland in sequestering and storing carbon. A benefit of healthy forests is their value in storing carbon in forests and harvested wood products. Another advantage is through carbon sequestration or the process by which trees use carbon dioxide and photosynthesis to store carbon as plant biomass. The fact sheets present the status and trends in forest carbon storage and sequestration using data from the USDA Forest Service Forest Inventory and Analysis program. As the climate change debate continue, the fact sheets will be a useful tool to show the importance of managed forestlands to address climate change at the national, regional, and state levels. Make sure you check out the forest carbon report for your state.
H-2B’s Importance to Forest Products Industry Wednesday, 08 September 2021 09:30

H-2B’s Importance to Forest Products Industry

Rayonier and FRA have collaborated to develop a video that shows the importance of the H-2B visa program to the forest products industry. The video and the information collected by the FRA survey of employers who hire H-2B forestry workers will be used to inform and educate elected officials and decision-makers about the critical role of the H-2B visa program in renewing our nation’s forest lands following a timber harvest or natural disturbance, such as wildfire. The information will be shared with Members of Congress, Departments of Labor and Homeland Security, USDA, Forest Service, White House staff, and our allies working with us on the H-2B visa issue.
Safe Routes Act Video Wednesday, 08 September 2021 09:21

Safe Routes Act Video

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.
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.
Three speakers discussed state and federal apprenticeship programs across the country, and how they can benefit your company and employees.
President and CEO of Resource Management Service, LLC, Craig Blair, joined FRA members to discuss how RMS has navigated operations through the pandemic. He noted that throughout COVID-19, the forest products industry retained an adaptable business model and therefore remained resilient, and discussed how operations were now returning to normal. He also provided his predictions for the future of the industry, including current industry strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats.
The National Operations Committee-sponsored panel session, “Forest Operations Management During Tumultuous Times: The New Normal?”, addressed several relevant and timely topics that have impacted forest operations management and the wood supply chain during the past year. Bill Guthrie, General Manager – DS Smith, shared his company’s approach to continuing business operations while also ensuring employee safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Chris Lunde, Director of Operations – Port Blakely, followed with an overview of the challenges that the Fall 2020 wildfire season presented to timberland managers in the Pacific Northwest. Rob Hughes, Executive Director – Texas Forestry Association, concluded the session with his summary of the extreme winter weather impacts on the forest products industry and wood supply chain in Texas.
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