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Register for International Conference on Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing

Registration is open for the International Conference on Sustainable Disaster Relief Housing to be held on October 27 & 28, 2011 in Ottawa, Canada. This conference will bring experts in the field from around the world during a day and a half of presentations and an exhibit showcase to discuss swift and durable construction solutions in support of disaster relief efforts. Listen to experts share their experiences from several recent catastrophic events and discuss the needs resulting from various climatic, geographical, and political realities. Explore various topics concerning the building systems available; shipping, delivery, and erection considerations; and the financing and coordination of relief efforts to arrive at timely and affordable sustainable solutions. Discuss response and preparedness strategies for mitigating delays in the delivery of solutions for regions at risk. Don't miss out! Register today

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Reminder: Cast Your Vote on the Proposed Constitutional Amendment

In July, all voting members were sent an email with a link to an electronic ballot seeking approval of a proposed Constitutional amendment. The Executive Board prepared the proposed amendment to formally adopt the new Vision, Mission, and Strategy that resulted from the year-long Visioning and Strategic Planning Process. The process included professionally facilitated sessions and outreach via personal communication, a visioning website, and a LinkedIn discussion forum to get as much input from members as possible. The amendment was announced during the Business Meeting at the 65th International Convention in Portland, Oregon. The poll will close on September 17, 2011. If you have questions about the electronic balloting process, please contact Elaine Glowacki FPS Membership Coordinator.

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New Publications Hot Off the Press!

We are pleased to announce two new publications. These books are available in our online store for prompt delivery:

  • Managing Treated Wood in Aquatic Environments is a resource for those who treat, specify, regulate, and use treated wood. Wood remains one of our most important renewable construction materials, but most wood must be supplementally protected with chemicals to perform under exterior applications. This is especially true when the material is used in or over water. The chemicals used to provide this protection have come under increasing regulatory and public scrutiny, but there are few comprehensive reports on the potential impacts of using preservative-treated wood in aquatic environments. This examines the reasons for wood preservation, the chemicals and methods used, and the potential for migration of these chemicals into the surrounding environment.

    List price: $50.00
    Introductory Offer until Oct. 31, 2011: $18.00
    You save: $32.00 (64%)

  • Identification of Central American Woods is a bilingual (Spanish/English) primer on wood structure for wood identification. Though focused on Central American timbers, the wood characters and overall process of identification described in this book are applicable to most woods across the world. Readers will learn the basic principles of wood identification with tools no more complicated than a hand lens and a utility knife. This tutorial also facilitates the responsible use of natural resources by highlighting compliance with national (Lacey Act amendment) and international (CITES) requirements.

    Regular price: $40.00
    Special Offer to Central American Buyers: $15.00

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New Website Around the Corner

Coming in October - our new website with a friendlier user interface, more intuitive navigation, and a redesigned online store.

The new website will contain more useful information and resources than ever before. Especially helpful will be the members-only section of the website, which will enable you to easily renew your membership online, update your contact information, and monitor and track your purchases. Stay tuned!

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Industry Position Available

Dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science
Michigan Technological University

Michigan Technological University invites applications for the position of Dean of the School of Forest Resources and Environmental Science. The Dean is the chief academic and administrative officer for the School and reports to the Provost. The Dean is responsible for strategic planning, development, and administration of the School, as well as managing relationships with other University units and outside educational institutions, alumni, government, and the private sector. The School consists of 25 tenure‐track faculty, 5 research faculty, 40 research and administrative professionals, and 160 undergraduate and 70 graduate students.

To receive full consideration, candidates must demonstrate scholarly activity appropriate for a tenured appointment as full professor, with a sustained record of teaching, scholarship, university and community activity, and a demonstrated ability to attract funding in one of the disciplines within the School. The successful candidate will be a proven leader with excellent communication and interpersonal skills and a commitment to diversity. Experience in strategic planning, fundraising, and budget management is desirable.

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In the News...

Results of 2011 National Timber Bridge Competition Announced; Competition Marks 20th Anniversary in 2012
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Consortium to Help Wood Manufacturers "Green" Their Bottom Line
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Harvested wood carbon benefits policy published
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Conservation groups' lawsuit over emissions seen as threat to forest products industries
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Forest certification: a small step towards sustainability
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Vietnam faces setback in wood furniture export
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