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July 2012
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Special to the Forest Products Journal: An Overview of the Forest Products Sector Downturn in the US - The Facts and Opportunities
Take a sneak preview of four related articles that will be published later this month in our flagship Forest Products Journal. These articles address the various aspects of the recent downturn in output and decrease in employment in the forest products industry.

The extent of the forest industry downturn varies by sector, impacted by structural changes in the overall economy coupled with substantial impacts from the Great Recession. Globalization of manufacturing and expanded use of electronic communication media contributed to a decline in U.S. pulp, paper, and paperboard output since the late 1990s, while the collapse of housing construction since 2006 and off-shoring of furniture production contributed to declines in U.S. wood product output.

The articles point to structural changes that may be difficult to reverse, but also point to some potential prospects for growth in the future such as increased secondary product manufacturing and wood energy.

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An Overview of the Forest Products Sector Downturn in the United States
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Recession Effects on the Forests and Forest Products Industries of the South
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An Assessment of the Downturn in the Forest Products Sector in the Northern Region of the United States
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Impact of the Great Recession and Housing Collapse on the Forest Products Industry in the Western United States
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Welcome to the New Society President

We welcome Patrice R. Tardif, President and CEO of Patrice Tardif Consulting in Canada, to her one-year term as President of the Board of the Forest Products Society.

In her remarks at the International Convention in Washington DC last month, Patrice outlined her goals for the Society to increase its impact. Among these goals, she wants us to become the go-to organization for new sectors needing information regarding wood products and by-products and their use; to take and make opportunities to expand target markets; to invigorate our Society and its activities for the benefit of its members; and to create a one-stop shop for registered green wood products. Patrice also encouraged members to get involved, because volunteers have the opportunity to move this Society forward.�

Read Patrice's full speech

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66th International Convention in Washington, DC Exceeded Expectations

Thank you to all who were able to attend our 66th International Convention last month, to those who were responsible for its planning, and to our technical and plenary presenters for providing insights on forest products technology, environmental concerns, and policies for a global green economy. And to our members, thank you for your frank feedback about prior ICs.

This year we instituted some of your new ideas, such as holding two plenary sessions and a keynote luncheon. These allowed deeper discussions on broader topics that crossed segments of the industry. We also tried “Speed Networking,” which was a fun way to have students meet many more professionals by each student having a quick and pointed conversation before moving on to another potential contact. We realize the venue for the Convention was pricey, but it was and important opportunity to raise the Society’s visibility with federal and international policy makers.

Mark your calendar for the 67th IC: June 9-11, 2013 in Austin, Texas.

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Dr. Richard P. Vlosky, newly appointed Chair of the 2013 International Convention, gets ready for Austin!

Rich Vlosky is giving us his “spare” time as Director of the Louisiana Forest Products Development Center.

The new Chair of our 67th International Convention, to be held June 9 - 11, 2013 in Austin, Texas, USA, is already strategizing about more ways to give our members and supporters what they want from this annual conference. Save the date. It’s the place to be.

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Strategic Partner Announcements
The Society is always looking for ways to leverage its leadership position in order to facilitate the international exchange of scientific discoveries, innovation and technical knowledge. The Society has decided to parter with the following conferences to provide access to valuable knowledge and networking opportunities for our members and partners.

 
2nd International Conference on Processing Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries Pellet Fuels Institute
Annual Conference
November 6 - 7, 2012 at St. Simons Island, Georgia

Taking place on November 6 - 7, 2012 at St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA, this international conference is dedicated to the exchange of information and ideas about research on process technologies, quality control, and process improvement. Contemporary topics on real-time predictive modeling of processes, continuous improvement, lean manufacturing, lean six-sigma, and advanced data mining will be presented. The event will be of direct benefit to researchers, operations managers, technical managers, and business managers. Read more

July 29 - 31, 2012 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut

The 2012 PFI Annual Conference will be held from July 29 - 31, 2012 at the Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA. Deadlines are fast approaching for registration, the preferred hotel rate, and the golf tournament. PFI is a North American trade association promoting energy independence through the efficient use of clean, renewable, densified biomass fuel. Read more

   
 

International Conference on Biomass for Biofuels and Value-added Products

Oct. 23 - 24, 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

This inaugural conference begins a series on Academia as Leaders in Green Technology for Sustainable Development in Nation Building. The conference theme, Innovative Technologies Towards Commercialization of Biomass Resources for Sustainable Development in Nation Building, highlights current issues in the biomass industries. Latest technology, recent policies, current practices, and emerging R&D findings in the biomass utilization for biofuels and other value added products will be highlighted. Email for more information.

Cutting-edge: Timbergreen Farm's focus on maintaining healthy forests helps the company attract prized bucks
"Family Business of the Year Award winner Jim Birkemeier has turned a little bit of forest into some big green...What they teach you up there is you can never allow the industry demand to dictate what trees you're going to cut down, and that's what we've really screwed up in the past. We've just harvested the trees that the big corporations wanted at the expense of the landowner and the land." Read more

Scientists weigh contribution of 'beetle effect' to this year's super fires; variables including beetle species, timing of attacks, complicate assessment of fuel hazards says U.S. Forest Service chief
"Inside university laboratories and government research facilities across the country, scientists are playing with dozens of variables — mixing and matching and rearranging — to gain a better understanding of what makes wildfire go." Read more

Beyond [Forest] Certification II - Reducing it to a Stronger Solution
"When you make maple syrup there is a time after all the preparation and collection of material (sap and firewood usually) from the forest that you simply have to turn up the heat, stir it up a bit, and tend to it carefully to make it come out well. Certification may be at the same point." Read more

Vision2020 a positive sign for forest industry
"The Canadian forest products industry is decisively on the move. The sector has already been transforming itself by becoming more innovative, more environmentally friendly, and more global in its reach...Member companies of the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC) are stepping up their game with the unveiling of Vision2020, which sets ambitious goals to propel the industry forward in the area of products, performance, and people." Read more

Wood That Reaches New Heights
"Among the many apartment buildings in the London borough of Hackney, the nine-story structure...stands out,...But it's what's underneath...that makes the 29-unit building truly different. From the second floor up, it is constructed entirely of wood, making it one of the tallest wooden residential buildings in the world." Read more

F. Herbert Bormann Dies at 90; Helped Discover Acid Rain Threat
"F. Herbert Bormann, a plant ecologist whose research with colleagues on a swath of New Hampshire forest in 1971 documented a new environmental horror in the United States — acid rain — died on June 7 at his home in North Branford, Conn. He was 90." Read more

Brazil: President Vetoes Major Parts of Bill to Open Up Forests
"President Dilma Rousseff on Friday vetoed portions of Brazil's new Forest Code, a bill drafted to open big areas of protected forests to large-scale agriculture." Read more

Dying Trees in Southwest Set Stage for Erosion, Water Loss in Colorado River
"New research concludes that a one-two punch of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the American Southwest during the past 15 years, setting the stage for further ecological disruption." Read more

Forest Service Partners with NASA on International Space Station Mission
"The U.S. Forest Service launched an important partnership with NASA that coincided with the mid-May liftoff of a new crew for the International Space Station (ISS). Through this partnership, the ISS crew may use high resolution photographs to document the extent and impacts of wildfire in the U.S." Read more

Multi-Sector Expert Panel Releases New Findings on Sustainability Certification
"A 12-member Steering Committee composed of international business and civil society leaders and academic experts released its final report, Toward Sustainability: The Roles and Limitations of Certification. This consensus report describes what is known and what is most important to learn about the performance and potential of voluntary standards and certification." Read more

Dovetail Partners Redevelops Environmental Education Website
"Dovetail's new home for environmental education resources, Forestinfo.org, brings together resources for students, teachers, forestry professionals, and anyone interested in protecting, managing, and enhancing the natural environment." Read more

IUFRO All Division 5 Forest Products Conference
July 8-13, 2012
Estoril, Portugal
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Pellet Fuels Institute Annual Conference
July 29-31, 2012
Mashantucket, Connecticut, USA
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SWST 2012 International Convention
August 27-31, 2012
Beijing, China
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2012 SFI Annual Conference: The Future is Decided Now
September 11-13, 2012
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
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3rd Annual Southern Utah Biomass Field Day
September 18-20, 2012
Beaver, Utah, USA
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International Conference on Biomass for Biofuels and Value-added Products
October 23 - 24, 2012
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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2012 Green Industry Conference
October 24-26, 2012
Louisville, Kentucky, USA
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2nd International Conference on Processing Technologies for the Forest and Bio-based Products Industries
November 6-7, 2012
St. Simons Island, Georgia, USA
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11th Pacific Rim Bio-Based Composites Symposium
November 27-30, 2012
Shizuoka-City, Japan
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North American Wood Windows and Doors Symposium
April 18-19, 2013
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA

Advancements in Fiber-Polymer Composites: Wood Fibers, Natural Fibers, and Nanocellulose
Coming - Spring 2013
Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA

Forest Products Society 67th International Convention
June 9-11, 2013
Austin, Texas, USA

18th International Nondestructive Testing and Evaluation of Wood Symposium
September 24-27, 2013
Madison, Wisconsin, USA

Wood Adhesives 2013
Coming - Fall 2013
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

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