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Cutting-edge research. Leading industry know how. Real-world discussions. Be part of this comprehensive and thought-provoking Convention. Join us in shaping the impact of the forest products industry on the Global Green Economy.

Our lineup of Plenary and Panel Presenters brings you high-level officials engaged in today's key issues:

Hear from:
- U.S. Cabinet Deputy Under Secretary
- Major Industry End User and Prominent Environmental Activist
- Global Industry Leader
- International Trade Analyst
- And more

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Elections to Launch in April

We are pleased to announce the nominees for the Society Board positions for 2012-13, as well as nominees for the next International Nominating Committee. Terms for these positions begin immediately following the 66th International Convention in June. Watch for the electronic ballot in April.

Board Member Nominees

Office of President Elect:
Timothy Young – University of Tennessee

Office of Vice President:
Herv� Desch�nes – FP Innovations
Cornelis (Niels) de Hoop – Louisiana State University

Southeast Regional Board Member:
Brian Via – Auburn University

Southwest Regional Board Member:
Janelle Leafblad – Simpson Gumpert & Heger

2013 International Nominating Committee Nominees

Bob Browder – Southern Pine Inspection Bureau
Kevin Cheung – Western Wood Products Association
Tom Hammett – Virginia Tech University
Janelle Leafblad – Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
Matt Leitch – Lakehead University of Canada
Buddy Showalter – American Wood Council
Todd Shupe – Louisiana State University
Jan Wiedenbeck – US Forest Service

Many thanks to the hard work of the 2012 International Nominating Committee: John Shelly (Chair), University of California; Anthony DiGasparro, Flakeboard Company Ltd; James Funck, Funck and Associates; Tom Gorman, University of Idaho; Michael O'Halloran, FPS Past President; and Robert Rice, University of Maine.

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Webinar: Cross-Laminated Timber Offers New Possibilities for Timber Structures - April 25, 11:00 am (Central)

Cross-laminated timber (CLT), an innovative wood product first developed some 20 years ago in Austria and Germany, is gaining increasing popularity in Europe and is now available from North American producers. This webinar explains the basics of CLT as a product and discusses aspects of the production process; wall and floor applications; and attributes and advantages of CLT as a product and wood-based structural system, including its fire and seismic performance. You will see examples of already completed CLT structures in residential and non-residential applications. Co-sponsored by the Midwest and Pacific Northwest Sections of the Forest Products Society. FPS Member discount applies. Register today

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SmallWood 2012 - Special Room Rate Expires April 9

You have just a week to take advantage of our special discounted room rate (regular and government per diem) at the 2012 SmallWood Conference hotel, so register and reserve today!

Book your room today

SmallWood 2012: Forest Restoration for a New Economy, is about finding technical and economical solutions to the everyday challenges in your woody biomass operation. At this conference, you will experience a strong program with an international slate of presenters, invaluable networking opportunities, an interactive exhibition, and an optional tour of real-world restoration.

JUST ANNOUNCED! Continuing education credits will be offered by the Society of American Foresters at the SmallWood Conference. SAF will grant 18 Category 1 and 6.5 Category 2 CFE credits to attendees.

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Wood Culture Tour Seeks U.S. Destination Suggestions

The International Wood Culture Society is seeking suggestions on potential sites to be part of its first U.S. Wood Culture Tour, scheduled for September 2012. Sites should predominantly include the following attributes: multi-generational activities; activities that are potentially threatened by social, environmental, or infrastructure modernization; or activities where wood is a primary component, such as handicrafts, supporting harvest of food and botanicals from within the forest, or traditional forest product harvesting methodology. Send suggestions to hkashdan@gmail.com by April 30. Learn more

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Forest Products Society Supports Funding for USDA Forest Inventory and Analysis Program

Earlier this month, the Society co-signed letters that were sent to the US House and Senate in support of current funding levels for the USDA's Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program in response to the US Administration's proposed FY 13 budget. The FIA Program is an important forest census program that provides valuable information about forests in the US that is critical to the industry.

Letter to the Members of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
March 19, 2012

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Letter to the Members of the House of Representatives Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
March 19, 2012

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In the News

Can wooden skyscrapers transform concrete jungles?
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New research can save tropical forests
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Many forests feeling the heat from climate change
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USDA publishes final rule to restore the nation's forests through science and collaboration
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Community forest board considers carbon credit option in UBC study
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Obama all-in for alternative energy
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Global demand for vegetable oils contributing to deforestation
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US Forest Service report shows forest growth in north outpacing other parts of country
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New Report: Wood-to-energy across the northern tier and beyond--barriers and solutions
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Google launches amazon street view
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