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New DIY Deck & Fence Videos

More enhancements have been added to WoodNaturally.com, the website sponsored by the Softwood Lumber Board targeting residential construction markets. A pair of two-minute DIY videos are delivering key “how to” messages for using pressure-treated Southern Pine around the home.

How to Build a Tree Encompassing Deck follows construction of an elevated deck that incorporates mature trees into the design.  How to Build a Fence details steps to build a slope-conforming border fence that adds value and curb appeal to the property. These step-by-step programs put the spotlight on using “durable, affordable pressure-treated Southern Pine” materials.  During production of both programs, SFPA staff provided input to the development of the scripts, and was on location for taping of the completed projects.

Both videos are available on Wood Naturally’s YouTube channel.  SFPA is sharing links to these two programs on pages of SouthernPine.com and SouthernPineDecks.com.

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Collier Journalism Award Announced

The memory of SFPA’s John Collier lives on. Phil McKenna is the recipient of the 2016 John M. Collier Award for Forest History Journalism, presented by the Forest History Society (FHS). Phil’s article “Life in the Death Zone” was co-published by NOVA Next and The Big Roundtable.

In his letter of recognition to the author, FHS President Steven Anderson explained: “This award recognizes the author of the best article or series of articles published in newspapers, trade press publications, or general circulation magazines in forest and conservation history.” Phil receives a $1,000 prize and a plaque.

The winning article was among eight submissions this year. SFPA’s Richard Wallace, vice president of communications, served as one of three judges. Selecting Phil’s story for first place, Richard noted: “Exceptional storytelling here, covering decades in the lives of two individuals who were passionate about conservation and the environment – an amazing story.”

John Collier’s SFPA career spanned 1954 to 1986. 

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Annual Meeting Agenda Grows

A meeting of the Expo Advisory Committee has been added to SFPA’s 2016 Annual Meeting agenda. This session will take place Friday morning, October 21, from 7:00am to 9:00am with a continental breakfast served. This year’s annual meeting will be held October 19-21 at the Williamsburg Lodge in Williamsburg, Virginia.

“Our group of exhibitors will discuss in detail plans for making EXPO 2017 the best show ever,” noted exposition director Eric Gee. “The show’s long-range goals will also be discussed, and input from committee members is very important,” he added.

More Sponsors Announced
Four more companies have signed up to support SFPA’s 2016 Annual Meeting. Optimil is a Gold Sponsor of the Wednesday evening’s Welcome Reception and will have an exhibit. Gilbert, Metriguard and Signode Packaging Systems will be there with tabletop exhibits,

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