Roundup of News and Industry Topics
The Kentucky Wood Exposition is returning to London, Kty. for the fourth time. The 18th annual event is scheduled Sept. 15-16 at the Laurel County Fairgrounds.
The event, which rotates between London and Bowling Green, is sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association. The Kentucky Wood Exposition features sawmill, pallet, logging, and other types of wood processing machinery and services. For more information, call the association at (502) 695-3979.
• Quail Unlimited, the nation’s largest conservation organization dedicated to quail, endorsed the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI). The organization acknowledged that the SFI program is a successful means of balancing forestry with long-term conservation of quail habitat. SFI is an initiative of the American Forest & Paper Association.
• The Hardwood Council has established a new species guide at its Web site to help builders, architects, designers and remodelers specify North American hardwoods. Twenty-one species of hardwoods are featured on the on-line guide, which is at www.hardwoodcouncil.com.
By clicking on an icon for a species, a visitor to the Web site can find helpful specifying information about strengths and mechanical properties, general descriptions, main uses, and relative abundance. The information is accompanied by color photos so visitors can identify the look of each type of wood.
Two sections of the Hardwood Council Web site also were recently expanded, one on frequently asked questions and another on tips and techniques.
• Members of the North American Wholesale Lumbermen’s Association recently gathered for the organization’s annual meeting. The association’s new slate of officers for 2000-2001 is headed by chairman Jim Epperson Jr. of Epperson Lumber Sales in Statesville, N.C.
Other NAWLA 2000-2001 officers are first vice chairman Doyal Marks, second vice chairman Bob Owens, secretary-treasurer Ray Haroldson, and president-chief executive officer Nick Kent.
• The American Loggers Council and the Pulp and Paperworkers Resource Council recently issued a joint resolution condemning the draft environmental impact statement of the federal government’s roadless initiative for national forests.
The two groups criticized the U.S. Forest Service for displaying a “patronizing and elitist” attitude toward forestry workers and rural communities and called for a public apology.
• The Pulp and Paperworkers Council, which represents over 400,000 paper mill workers in the U.S., will hold a fly-in July 8-12 in Washington, D.C. The council will hold an educational session, call on members of Congress, and stage a rally on Capitol Hill.
• The Forest Resources Association recently honored the Wisconsin Forest Management Training Program at the fourth biennial Logger Training and Education Conference.
The Wisconsin program earned a first place award for a broad curriculum ranging from business management to workplace safety to road building; training is conducted in workshop settings by experts in industry, government, academia, and medicine.
“I really see the strength of the of the program in the input from the loggers and foresters,” said Don Peterson, executive director of the Wisconsin program. “If it doesn’t work, we change it.”
• The New Hampshire Timberland Owners Association issued a statement criticizing Vice President Al Gore for his support of President Clinton’s roadless initiative in national forests.
In a nationally televised debate earlier this year, Gore promised voters, “The same process of local input that has worked so well here in New Hampshire in the past will be a part of the ongoing effort to protect more forests.” The vice president recently called for a ban on logging and road construction in roadless areas of national forests.
“We are very disappointed that the promise the vice president made to the people of New Hampshire, when seeking their votes in January, has been abandoned in order to covet the endorsement of a few national environmental organizations,” said Eric Kingsley, executive director of the association.