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Trees Scrub Greenhouse Gas

The California Forest Products Commission promoted an article that appeared in the Capital Weekly, where is was reported that the forest industry could play a big role in saving the planet from the effects of global warming.

The reasons are numerous: harvesting and replanting trees helps remove carbon from the atmosphere and reduces greenhouse gas emissions; using older trees ensures that the carbon is permanently stored; and lumber doesn’t produce as much greenhouse gas emissions during production as concrete and steel. In addition, thinning forests and other fire prevention techniques protect the atmosphere by minimizing catastrophic wildfires, which produce tons of carbon released into the atmosphere.

 

Experts Bolster

AF&PA Forestry Staff The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) announced David Tenny as its new Vice President of Forestry and Wood Products and Bill Imbergamo as a policy director dealing with forestry issues.

Mr. Tenny will oversee the management of, and developing policies for, AF&PA’s Forestry and Wood Products Sectors. He comes to AF&PA from the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he served as Deputy Under Secretary of Natural Resources and Environment.

Mr. Imbergamo comes to AF&PA from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture where he managed all forestry-related legislation. Previously, he worked for 10 years at the National Association of State Foresters, serving as the legislative director before moving up to become NASF executive director.

 

AEM Sees Record Membership Growth

The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) experienced record membership growth in 2006. AEM now numbers more than 750 companies from around the world that produce equipment, products and services for the off-road equipment manufacturing industry.

“We continue to increase the bottomline value of our services to members, and this has been the key to our record growth,” stated Bobbi Klim, AEM’s Assistant Director of Membership. “We are worldwide in scope to better assist all members to conduct business effectively in the increasingly global marketplace.”

AEM companies encompass a broad cross-section of the off-road equipment manufacturing industry, representing producers of heavy as well as light machinery, components/attachments and services for the construction, agriculture, forestry, mining and utility sectors. Members range from large multinational firms to smaller companies with specialized niche markets.

 

SAF Honors Three Foresters

The Society of American Foresters (SAF) honored three Oregon foresters this winter. Ashland resident Howard R. Heiner received the Schlich Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to forestry that includes both national and international activities. Blair Moody of Medford, was named a fellow within the society. Blair has worked for the last six years as a forester for the U.S. BLM. And Medford resident Brian Schlaefli was awarded the SAFs Presidential Field Forester Award, which is given to those that display uncommon talent and innovative approaches to achieving excellence in forest management. Schlaefli is an area forester for Forest Capital Partners and manages 40,000 acres that were formerly owned by Boise Cascade.

 

AF&PA Works with Congress on Renewable Energy

The AF&PA says it shares the President’s and the Congress’ goal of continued economic growth for our nation. “As a prosperous nation we have an opportunity and an obligation to work toward the shared values of clean air and energy security,” the Association stated in a recent press release.

In the same press release the organization said that due to forward-looking investment and research, the industry is uniquely positioned to contribute to national goals for renewable energy, with its related benefits climate and air quality. The forest products industry accounts for approximately six percent of the total U.S. manufacturing output, and ranks among the top 10 manufacturing employers in 42 states with an estimated payroll exceeding $50 billion.

“Maintaining a healthy environment and reducing our dependency on foreign sources of energy while ensuring American businesses are able to compete in the ever-growing global economy are top priorities for us,” said Juanita D. Duggan, American Forest & Paper Association President and CEO.

More Wood Needed

Here’s an interesting factoid that comes from the California Forest Products Commission. Today, the average Californian consumes the equivalent of a 100-foot tree every year. By 2020, it’s estimated the demand for wood products will increase by 50 percent.

 

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