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Forest Biomass Carbon-Neutral
David P. Tenny, President and CEO of NAFO, said, "NAFO agrees with the position of the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that, 'In the long term, a sustainable forest management strategy aimed at maintaining or increasing forest stocks, while producing an annual sustained yield of timber, fiber, or energy from the forest, will generate the greatest mitigation benefit.' NAFO also shares the view of the EPA that there is, 'scientific consensus' that carbon dioxide emitted from burning biomass will not increase CO2 in the air if done on a sustainable basis,' a position also supported by the IPCC."
SFI Calls on USGBC to Recognize Multiple Forest Certification Standards
The SFI program recommends a process that is far simpler than the 60 benchmarks being proposed. For information, you can see the posted SFI statement at www.sfiprogram.org/newsroom/?p=188.
New Location for Sierra-Cascade Conference
Sierra-Cascade Logging Conference, Inc. will present "2010 Forest Products & Construction Equipment Exposition." For more information, please visit the conference website at SierraCascadeExpo.com.
New Coalition for Wood Products Industry
Companies of all sizes and from across numerous wood product segments are committing to join together to have an effective voice through the coalition.
Steve Zika, President and CEO of Hampton Affiliates in Portland, Ore., said, "In the face of broad upcoming challenges to our industry, no single company can achieve the changes necessary to ensure a level playing field. It is absolutely essential that we work together and overcome these challenges together as an industry."
The coalition began forming in August and already has 40 supporting members representing more than 50 percent of lumber production, 70 percent of structural panel production, and 60 percent of engineered wood products. The coalition is expected to launch on January 1, 2010. For more information, visit www.awc.org.
FRA Speaks out on Non-native Guestworkers
In FRA's submitted comment to the record, FRA President Richard Lewis pointed out that the H-2A visa program, directed toward conventional farm work, does not have the flexibility to deal with the special needs of tree-planting, brush clearing, and pre-commercial thinning. He noted that the need to arrange for inspected housing, and to specify work locations and working hours, months in advance of actual work, does not account for the special weather-related and logistical realities of this type of employment, with decisions about actual working locations often made within very short time-frames. www.forestresources.org
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