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IBS Crowds Collect Wood Facts

For three days, an enthusiastic crowd of some 85,000 building professionals plied the aisles of the 2017 International Builders’ Show (IBS) in Orlando. More than 1500 manufacturers and suppliers filled two halls of the Orange County Convention Center. The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) sponsored a display of wood associations under its Wood, Naturally banner. SFPA was on hand delivering Southern Pine facts, joined by representatives of Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, Western Wood Products Association, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association and the Western Wood Preservers Institute.

The 20×30-foot exhibit featured a pressure-treated Southern Pine pergola structure with decking. New this year was the popular handout of a project plan showing how to build the pergola. In addition to copies of SFPA publications on hand, visitors inspected samples of specialty items – flooring,

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SP Featured at Builders’ Show

Next week, builders convene in Orlando for the 2017 edition of the International Builders’ Show (IBS). Like last year, Southern Pine lumber will be front and center before an expected crowd of 85,000 building professionals.  Show dates are January 10-12. With some 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers exhibiting, IBS is where new products are launched, the hottest trends are identified and top  building professionals make connections. IBS is once again co-locating with the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).

With funding support from the Softwood Lumber Board, SFPA is coordinating a wood association exhibit under the Wood, Naturally banner. Joining SFPA in the 20×30-foot space (S823, South Hall) are the Northeastern Lumber Manufacturers Association, Western Wood Products Association, Western Red Cedar Lumber Association and the Western Wood Preservers Institute.

SFPA’s Eric Gee has worked closely with SLB and association partners to design an exhibit that features the strength,

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Foresters Share Priorities with Transition Team

With a new administration on the horizon, the Society of American Foresters (SAF) has worked hard over the past months to distill a number of overarching priorities for forestry and the profession. SAF has identified five broad categories of recommendations designed to spur more in-depth conversations and collaborations with the new administration. The group’s high-level recommendations: Reinvest resources in forests through wildfire management reform; Recognize that managed forests are healthy forests; Foster development of new markets; Appreciate the role of forests in providing clean air and water; Invest in forest research and development.

“The good news is that these policy priorities appeal to both parties and all those in between,” SAF noted in announcing the priorities, adding “…..The scientific information informed by practice that we provide to policymakers is unique and valuable, and our team will continue to position SAF as a credible and reliable source of information on forest management and the profession.”

Click here for more details and to review SAF’s complete transition document.

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