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FRIDAY 29th, APRIL 2011

Reminder – Cast Your Ballot in the Annual FPS Elections

By now each FPS member eligible should have received an email with information about casting his or her ballot in the annual elections of FPS Executive Board members and the International Nominating Committee. The email contained information about the candidates with a link to a secure, confidential online ballot. Please be aware that polls close on May 25, 2011 at Noon Central daylight saving time.

If you have questions about the electronic balloting process, please contact us.

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Seeking Feedback on NEW Vision and Mission—and NEW Organizational Names

Last month the Executive Board announced new draft Vision and Mission statements that resulted from the Visioning and Strategic Planning process. We thank the many members and others who have provided comments on the new Vision and Mission—but we want to hear from more of you!

If you have not done so already, please review the newly proposed Vision and Mission, and submit your comments online. We are also seeking your suggestions for a possible new name for the organization that better fits the new Vision and Mission and that will position FPS to attract new members.

The information collected through this process will inform the Executive Board as it outlines the next steps in the Visioning and Strategic Planning Process. We look forward to hearing from you!

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Last Chance to Register for Biofiber Conference & Nanotechnology Symposium

Registration is still open for the 11th International Conference on Wood & Biofiber Plastic Composites, which will be held May 16-17, 2011 in Madison, Wisconsin. The Conference will bring together international experts from the scientific, technical, and commercial communities to encourage the exchange and dissemination of information on innovations and future opportunities for these materials. The Conference will be followed by a Nanotechnology in Wood Composites Symposium on May 18, 2011 that will cover the latest research on applying nanotechnology to wood-based composites.

View program | Register now

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Moving Forest Products Journal Online – Feedback Requested

In March, FPS Headquarters announced that it is considering moving the Forest Products Journal from a print publication to a robust online publication and asked for your feedback through a short online survey. We thank the members who have already completed the survey. However, we would like to hear from more of you!

Please take two minutes today to provide us with your feedback. We are are in the early stages of exploring the electronic publication concept, and we want to hear what you think.

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New Edition of Wood Handbook Available in Print

The Forest Products Society is pleased to announce the availability of a print edition of the widely referenced publication Wood Handbook: Wood as an Engineering Material. This newly updated edition is the first update of the 21st century and includes new content on wood as an environmentally responsible and sustainable building material, heat-treating and sterilization procedures for wood infected by invasive insect species, and a special color chapter on low-magnification micrographs of cross sections of commercial wood species. The book contains an electronic version of the handbook on CD.

FPS is taking pre-orders for the Wood Handbook, which will be available for shipping in late May. Pre-order your copy today.

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Biomass Fuels Webinar Available Online

In February, the Midwest Section and Upper Mississippi Valley Section of FPS convened a webinar on reducing carbon emissions at combined heat & power plants. The 1-hour webinar presented case studies from the University of Missouri at Columbia, which is using a biomass boiler to generate a portion of its energy, and the University of Wisconsin at Madison, which recently broke ground on a combined heating and power plant.

A recording of the webinar is now available to stream on demand online. The cost is $20 for FPS members and $30 for non-members.

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In the News...

USDA Leads the Way on Green Buildings, Use of Wood Products
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Final Proposed Rule and Referendum Order Announced for Softwood Lumber Check-Off
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New RISI Study Forecasts China's Timber Supply Deficit to Increase by 55% by 2015
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Future Fords to Use Plastics Made From Mushrooms
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