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The All-New Knowledge Base For Forest Products Professionals
Valuable New Benefit for Forest Products Society Members Provides Tools and Resources to Gain Knowledge and Connections in Today's Industry
 
ATLANTA – December 10, 2013 – The Forest Products Society (FPS), the global network for forest products professionals, has launched an all-new member benefit - the FPS Knowledge Base. This new interactive resource highlights emerging thinking around today's most important issues in the forest products industry by providing access to more than 10,000 articles from the Society's journals, as well as hundreds of conference proceedings, manuals, and related books and publications.
 
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Forest Products Society and TAPPI Form Partnership to Bolster Society's Operations
Action Expands Opportunities for Future Growth and Membership Development
 
MADISON, WI, July 3, 2013 – The Forest Products Society (FPS), the global network for forest products professionals, has contracted with TAPPI, a professional organization dedicated to the pulp and paper industries, to provide management services for the Society's operations. 

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TAPPI to Provide Association Management Services for the Forest Products Society

ATLANTA - June 20, 2013 – It was announced today that the Forest Products Society (FPS) will utilize TAPPI for the delivery of a wide range of association management services. FPS, a non-profit association based in Madison, Wisconsin, is a leader in providing information to advance the sustainable use of renewable cellulosic resources through science and technology. Read more
 
Forest Products Society's 67th International Convention Focuses on Global Sustainability
 
ATLANTA - June 10, 2013 - The 67th annual International Convention of the Forest Products Society (FPS), was held June 9-11, 2013 in Austin, TX, USA. This year's convention was held in collaboration with the Society of Wood Science and Technology (SWST). This is the first time that the Forest Products Society and the Society of Wood Science and Technology have joined forces to convene a joint International Convention—the 67th International Convention for FPS and the 56th International Convention for SWST. Read more

Forest Products Society to Hold North American Wood Window and Door Symposium
February 28, 2013

The regional chapter of the Forest Products Society (FPS), in conjunction with FPS International, is organizing a symposium to educate attendees of the benefits of wood fenestration as well as instruction in optimal performance of these products. The North American Wood Window and Door Symposium will be held April 18-19 at the Radisson Hotel in Roseville, Minn. Fenestration industry pro fessionals, architects, contractors, designers, researchers, and policy makers who influence construction materials selection are encouraged to register. Wood is a locally available resource that should be considered a viable material that appeals esthetically, environmentally, and economically. This conference will highlight new wood technologies and applications from global leaders in fenestration.

"We are anticipating high level presentations and discussion on life cycle analysis and environmental product declarations," said Patrick Donahue, program director at the Natural Resources Research Institute, one of the top sponsors of this event. "There are exciting new designs and market opportunities to explore and wood should be a major player in this arena."

Participants can register for this event at www.forestprod.org, under the "Events" tab. For more information contact Megan Cuccia, megan@forestprod.org , 608-231-1361 ext. 216 or Patrick Donahue, pdonahue@d.umn.edu , 218-390-4780. 

Special Forest Products Journal Biofuels Issue
December 17, 2012

Biofuels made from high yield, short rotation woody crops or from forest residuals and thinnings that are currently left unused have substantial potential to reduce CO2 emissions as well as to contribute to energy independence. A series of articles published as a special issue on biofuels by the Forest Products Journal (Issue 62(4)) highlights the relative impact of 15 different use s of biofuels on reducing CO2 emissions and increasing energy independence. While the authors do not identify a universal best use of biofuels, the articles identify many opportunities to affect positive change in addressing both the climatic and economic impacts of our dependence on fossil fuels.
 
According to Patrice Tardif, President of the Forest Products Society, "The papers published in this issue bring together a comprehensive body of knowledge on the life cycle analysis of biofuels from woody biomass feedstocks that need to be a part of the reference library of every bioenergy researcher."
 
This publication integrates findings across many previous reports generated by CORRIM (the Consortium for Research on Renewable Industrial Materials, a non-profit comprised of 17 research institutions). The biofuel life cycle research now reported in the Forest Products Journal was funded with grants from the U.S. Forest Service's Forest Products Laboratory and the U.S. Department of Energy.  This research combined with the previously published research on wood product substitution provides a more complete hierarchy of the efficiency in using wood to reduce emissions from fossil fuels.
 
The authors draw attention to the controversial claim that leaving forest carbon in the forest is better than using the wood for biofuels or products.  Although not harvesting can provide a one-time increase in forest carbon until the carrying capacity of the land is reached, there is no additional contribution of forest carbon to reducing CO2 emissions.  However, managing forests sustainably means new growth across the forest removes CO2 from the atmosphere at the same rate that the carbon in the wood is removed from the forest. While the forest carbon remains in a steady state, when the harvested wood is used to displace fossil intensive products and fuels there is a sustainable reduction in fossil CO2 in the atmosphere, year after year.
 
Selected manuscripts from this issue are available for free download from the Forest Products Society website (http://www.forestprod.org/buy_publications/).
 
International Convention in D.C. Delivers the Path Toward a Global Green Economy
June 1, 2012

The 66th International Convention to be held June 3-5, 2012, in Washington, D.C., is the premier event for professionals in the forest products field. This year's theme is "Solutions for a Global Green Economy." Learn more

Convened annually by the Forest Products Society, this Convention brings together hundreds of international scientists, design professionals, managers, decision-makers, and others from academia, government, non-profit, and private industry to discuss the state of forest products research and learn about innovations in the field. Forest products are renewable and sustainable when manufactured with environmentally responsible practices. In 2010, citizens of the world consumed an estimated 1.26 billion cubic meters of wood and wood-based products. In the United States, the forest products industry represents approximately 6% of the United States manufacturing base and ranks among the top ten in manufacturing in 48 states. With the scale of the Forest Products industry, renewable and sustainable products derived from forests will provide excellent solutions to a global green economy.

"The International Convention is the perfect venue to build new, professional relationships with top researchers from around the world, as well as to reconnect with colleagues and friends in the field. We will have more than 160 technical presentations featured in 30 session topics and 75 scientific posters. It is definitely the place to learn about the latest developments in forest products research and application," according to Stefan Bergmann, Executive Vice President of the Forest Products Society.

Several high-level officials engaged in today's key forest products issues for creating a Global Green Economy will be speaking at the Convention. Glenn Thompson, U.S. House of Representative from Pennsylvania, will present the "Importance of Forest Products and Natural Resources to the Future of the United States." Other speakers include Arthur "Butch" Blazer, Deputy Under Secretary of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environment; Tom Tidwell, Chief, USDA Forest Service; and leading philanthropist and Chairman & CEO of Gibson Guitar Corp. Henry Juszkiewicz, who will give his view on the Lacey Act in his presentation, "The U.S. Government's War Against Rock and Roll and Gibson Guitar."

Bergmann noted that registrants would have an opportunity to network and engage with R&D scientists and issue experts. Speakers at the Convention will present research findings and analysis on hot topics that will advance forest products research, create value for landowners, generate new revenue for business owners, and provide insights into a global green economy.

A post-convention and exclusive, behind-the-scenes tour for attendees and guests is also available on June 6.

The Forest products Society’s 66th International Convention takes place on June 3-5, 2012, at the Omni Shoreham Hotel, in Washington, D.C. For registration, program agenda and hotel information, see http://www.fpsconvention.org or call 608-231-1361. Media is welcome to attend.

Forest Restoration for a New Economy
March/April 2012

The SmallWood 2012 conference held May 1-3, 2012, in Flagstaff, Arizona, is about finding technical and economical solutions to the everyday challenges in your woody biomass operation. Read more

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

The undersigned organizations collectively believe in the importance and utility of up-to-date inventory and analysis on forests in the United States. The USDA Forest Service—Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program provides critical information that enables sound policy and forest management decisions. We fully recognize the difficult decisions that come with addressing reductions to the Federal budget and ask your support to fund FIA at no less than current FY12 levels (i.e. $69 million) to truly provide an accurate, up-to-date inventory of America’s forests. Read more

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

The undersigned organizations collectively believe in the importance and utility of up-to-date inventory and analysis on forests in the United States. The USDA Forest Service—Forest Inventory and Analysis (FIA) Program provides critical information that enables sound policy and forest management decisions. We fully recognize the difficult decisions that come with addressing reductions to the Federal budget and ask your support to fund FIA at no less than current FY12 levels (i.e. $69 million) to truly provide an accurate, up-to-date inventory of America’s forests. Read more

Forest Products Society Joins Associations Nationwide in Urging Congress to Ease Conference Attendance Restrictions on Governement Employees
May 7, 2012

ASAE and the attached list of associations respectfully urge Congress to consider revisions to amendments passed in two separate bills April 25 by the House and Senate that place severe restrictions on government employees attending meetings and conferences. These amendments were included in the “Digital Accountability and Transparency Act” or DATA Act (H.R. 2146) in the House, and the “21st Century Postal Service Act” (S. 1789) in the Senate. Read Letter

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