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American Hardwood Improves Our Lives

This 10 minute TED Talk focuses on the benefits of American Hardwoods in many aspects of our lives. Criswell Davis shares an overview of American Hardwoods as a sustainable natural resource and as a source of personal health and well-being. View the video here


Forestry in North Carolina: Got to Be Sustainable

The North Carolina Department of Agriculture & Consumer Services (NCDA & CS) recently produced a video on sustainable forestry in North Carolina. The video highlights core values of sustainability as they relate to all aspects of forestry in the state.View the video here


American Hardwoods: Renewable, Abundant, and Sustainable

The US Department of Agriculture Forest Dept reports that hardwood growth far exceeds removal and that the resource is neither scarce nor finite. Here are the facts that outline why America is not running out of hardwoods. Read more

Wood Sequestering and Global Warming

There are many people who believe that the increase in carbon dioxide in the atmosphere is causing global warming. Read more

As Climate Week Kicks Off, UN Report Recommendation on Forest Products Spark Debate

As environmental groups, activists, government officials, and corporate leaders gather in New York for Climate Week, a little-noticed recommendation from a recent United Nations report on climate change is getting increased attention – and sparking debate. Read more here

Keeping Forests as Forests #forestproud

Forest Proud Initiative of North America Forest Partnership: Innovation and new technology allow us to operate faster, safer, and more efficiently - creating new products and solutions for a society that is constantly on the move. Forest products manufacturing looks very different than it did 100 years ago. #forestproud has gathered videos, articles, and social media campaigns that help explain the benefits of using hardwood. Video Segments Here

We Could Cut Atmospheric Carbon by 25% by Planting a Forest the Size of the United States

A new study lays out a green (very green), data-driven plan to capture much of our atmosphere's carbon pool. The right trees planted in the right place could have a major impact on climate change. Read more here.

Wood Products Mitigate Less Than 1 Percent of Global Carbon Emissions

The world's wood products - all the paper, lumber, furniture and more - offset less than 1 percent of annual global carbon emissions by locking away carbon in woody forms, according to new research. Read more.

An Inside Look into the Hardwood Industry

The American Hardwood Information Center was featured on TLC's "Make This Place Your Home", a new how-to, do-it-yourself television series hosted by Jackie Zeman of soap opera fame, and Jaimie Laurita, Rock & Roll Chef and kitchen designer to the stars. Watch the segment here.

Keystone Wood Products Association

The Keystone Wood Products Association (KWPA) strives to strengthen and expand the base of lumber and wood products manufacturers in the Central Pennsylvania region in order to maintain and enhance the industry's competitive position in today's global economy.

Mass timber comes of age

Judging by the outcome of a recent International Code Council Action Hearing, it’s likely that we will be seeing more and taller mass timber buildings across the country very soon.  Read more. 

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Fact or Fiction: The Truth About Sustainability in American Hardwoods

The use of – and demand for – American hardwoods continues to grow, raising the question of whether harvesting these trees is sustainable. Read More.

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Our forests are dying; mortality is exceeding net growth

Forest mortality is exceeding net growth in America and timber harvests are just a small percentage of the reason why. Read More.

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Saving our Southern forests: A history lesson

Our Southern forests are some of the most biodiverse in the world, providing aesthetics, recreation, water filtration, and regional climate regulation. Yet we are rapidly degrading and losing them. How did we get here? Read More.

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 WWhy Alder.jpghy use alder wood?

 Workable, beautiful, and versatile, it's easy to see why alder continues to gain popularity around the world among cabinetmakers. Read More.

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Consumers are willfully ignorant about their products, study finds

Ohio State University researchers found that consumers are often "willfully ignorant" about how their products are made - conveniently forgetting if their product was made unethically. Read more.

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52 types of wood and the trees they come from

Familiarity with tree types and wood grain is one of the most important skills of woodworking. Which are your favorites to work with? Read More.

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Trees outnumber people 300 to 1 in the United States

The U.S. Forest Service has counted 96.6 billion trees in its latest tally, with woodlands covering one-third of the country. Read More.

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AWC Industry Progress Report shows improvements - Environment, energy and safety data detailed

The American Wood Council (AWC) has released its second Industry Progress Report, detailing the wood products manufacturing industry’s performance across a number of environment, energy and safety measures. Read More.

It's Alive! Tree Stumps Might Actually Not Be Dead

Auckland University of Technology researcher Sebastian Leuzinger was hiking through a New Zealand forest when he noticed a tree stump with living tissue sprouting from it. But how could a tree stump survive without green foliage? Read more.

(Posted 7/3/18)