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Global Lumber Outlook in 2019

Wood Markets reported that The U.S., Canada, Europe, and China are all expected to post gains in lumber consumption in 2018, with estimated global growth coming in at 2.1 percent.

In 2019, as well, all major consuming regions are likely to see increases, led by the U.S. and China at up to 7 percent growth each; however, certain countries (Canada and some European nations) might show only moderate growth.

Wood Markets also reported that in both 2019 and 2020, total global softwood demand is projected to expand by 2.8 percent. In terms of global softwood lumber production, 2.4 percent growth is estimated for 2018, with 2.2 percent projected for 2019. This will be led by an impressive gain of up to 4.5 percent in the U.S. that will tend to have a sustaining influence on output around the world. Smaller gains are more probable in other regions.

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Zinke Defends Himself Against Investigations

CBS News reported that as former U.S. Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke exited Washington, he told the Associated Press that he has lived up to the conservation ideals of Teddy Roosevelt and insisted that the myriad allegations against him will be proven untrue.

Zinke said the changes he made meshed with Roosevelt’s beliefs and were needed to unfetter energy companies held back by unreasonable drilling curbs.

“Teddy Roosevelt said conservation is as much development as it is preservation,” Zinke said, quoting from a 1910 speech by the Republican president. “Our work returned the American conservation ethic to best science, best practices ... rather than an elitist view of non-management that lets nature take its course.”

Trees over Concrete

Research by the think tank Chatham House, reported by the BBC, underlines the need for drastic changes in the production and use of concrete (the world’s most used man-made material) because of how cement is produced. Its key ingredient is responsible for eight percent of global CO2 emissions.

Anthony Thistleton, director of Waugh Thistleton Architects, a pioneer and champion of the use of cross-laminated timber (CLT) on multi-story buildings, called on architects to move out of the “concrete age” and into the “timber age.”

“Concrete is beautiful and versatile but, unfortunately, it ticks all the boxes in terms of environmental degradation,” he said. “We have a responsibility to think about all the materials we are using, and their wider impact.”

Executive Order on Forest Management

In late December, an executive order was issued. It was entitled Promoting Active Management of America’s Forest Rangelands and other Federal Lands to Improve Conditions and Reduce Wildfire Risk.

The order states that it is the policy of the United States to protect people and communities, and to promote healthy resilient forests, rangelands, and other federal lands by actively managing them through partnerships with states, tribes, communities, nonprofit organizations, and the private sector.

“The USDA Forest Service applauds [the] executive order and the president’s commitment to focusing more robust efforts toward active management of American forests and grasslands,” said Vicki Christiansen, chief of the USDA Forest Service. “This executive order, along with support and authorities under the 2018 Omnibus bill, will have a positive impact on our ability to improve conditions on the land. The natural resource challenges before us require collective action by everyone involved, and we look forward to working with federal partners, states, tribes, key stakeholders, and members of the public. We will do the right work in the right place at the right scale using advanced science and mapping tools. We will use all the tools available to us, including mechanical treatments, prescribed fire, and unplanned fire to mitigate the risk of catastrophic wildfire.”

Idaho Signs Shared Stewardship Agreement

In December, Idaho Governor C.L. “Butch” Otter, Governor-elect Brad Little, and U.S. Department of Agriculture Undersecretary Jim Hubbard signed a Shared Stewardship Agreement to treat thousands of acres of Forest Service lands in Idaho that are in poor health and susceptible to catastrophic wildfire.

The AFRC reported that twenty million acres are managed by the Forest Service in Idaho. At the request of the governor, 6.1 million of these acres have been designated by the Secretary of Agriculture as high priority landscapes in need of active management.

The agreement commits the Forest Service and the State of Idaho, through the Idaho Department of Lands (IDL), to grow the already effective partnership established under the Good Neighbor Authority (GNA) in order to accelerate the pace and scale of forest restoration.

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