September October 2005



New Manufacturers Association Formed

The Composite Lumber Manufacturers Association (CLMA) officially began operation July 1. CLMA represents manufacturers and suppliers of composite lumber to the residential and commercial building construction markets. Its objectives are to Enhance sustained market growth, promote composite lumber materials, minimize unwarranted governmental restrictions, be an advocate for the industry, and serve as a technical and market information resource for the industry. For more information contact Russell K. Snyder, Executive Director, at (202) 207-1112.

FRA Reports on New HOS Regulations

The Forest Resources Association (FRA) reported in August that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) published changes to its Hours Of Service (HOS) Regulations (49CFR, Part 395) that govern the hours truckers may operate commercial motor vehicles. The key provisions, effective October 1, 2005, are:

• Maximum driving time per day = 11 hours

• Maximum on-duty time per day = 14 hours

• Minimum time off each day = 10 consecutive hours

• Maximum on-duty time per week = 60 hours over any 7-day period or 70 hours over any 8-day period

• Drivers may "restart" a new 7- or 8-day week only after taking 34 or more consecutive hours off-duty.

Drivers transporting logs and pulpwood may qualify for the 100 air-mile radius HOS provision, which allows a simple time-sheet or punch-card system to keep records of their hours (as opposed to a more detailed "log book"), if they:

• operate only within a 100 air-mile (115 statute-mile)radius of the normal work reporting location;

• return to the work reporting location and be released from duty within 12 consecutive hours; and

• maintain time records.

More information on the new HOS provisions, as well as frequently asked questions, are available at HOS-2005.htm.

AF&PA Commends Senate Passage of DR/CAFTA

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) praised the Senate’s passage of the Dominican Republic-Central America-United States Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act (DR/CAFTA).

"The DR/CAFTA area represents an important market for U.S. wood and paper products," said AF&PA CEO W. Henson Moore. "Last year, our companies exported over half a billion dollars worth of U.S. products to the DR/CAFTA countries. Once this agreement is implemented, 80 percent of those exports will receive immediate duty-free treatment, with the remainder seeing duties eliminated within the next decade. That will provide our companies increasing opportunities in the growing economies of the region."

AOL Reports on Sediment Myth

Rex Storm in the August issue of the AOL Mainline reported on the sediment myth — the longstanding idea that logging-caused sediment harms forest streams. A study by the U.S. Forest Service Rocky Mountain Research Station was recently published concluding that logging isn’t as detrimental to streams as other "natural" causes, including wildfires and prescribed burnings. In fact, one acre of a forest killed by wildfire has the same impact as 70 acres of commercial thinning.

U.S. Lumber Output Up

Lumber production in the West totaled 9.9 billion board feet from January through June 2005. This figure is up 6.8 percent compared to the same period of 2004, reports the Western Wood Products Association. Through the first six months of this year, production in the Coast region rose 7.8 percent compared to the first six months of 2004. Inland production was up 5.0 percent, and output in the California Redwood region rose 6.9 percent.

APA Announces Bronson J. Lewis Award

The APA (The Engineered Wood Association) announced a prestigious new industry recognition program — the Bronson J. Lewis Award. The award will annually acknowledge individuals who have made significant and lasting contributions to the engineered wood products industry. The 2005 recipient will be announced at the APA Annual Meeting in Tucson the evening of November 12. For more information on the award and how to nominate an individual (they are taking nominations through September 30) visit

NAWLA Wood Basics Course

The NAWLA is holding its Wood Basics Course (formerly known as the NAWLA Wood Marketing Seminar) in Jacksonville, Florida, December 5-8, 2005. To see the course schedule, find out information on lodging and other details on the course, log on to or email

AEM Annual Conference

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers annual conference is set for this November 6-8, at the J.W. Marriott Starr Pass Resort in Tucson, Ariz. The conference will provide tactics and strategies to help manage the complexities running a business in a changing marketplace. For more information visit


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