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AFA NEWSROOM V15N2, January 8, 2020

Wednesday, January 8, 2020  
Posted by: Liz Chambers
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AFA NEWSROOM V15N2, January 8, 2020


Where do all those brown boxes go after the holidays?


Drive down almost any street this time of year, and you’ll probably notice some hallmarks of the holiday season. Lights adorning eaves and lining driveways. Wreaths hung with care on front doors. Trimmed trees shining through living room windows.

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Sohngen: Is using trees sustainable?


Sohngen professor of environmental and natural resource economics at Ohio State University. He wrote this for


Has anyone ever told you to “think about the environment before you print this”? Do you wonder just how bad using paper is for the environment? Think again. As someone who has spent a career studying how we use forests for everything from building houses to hiking, I am perplexed at why we have gotten this so backward.

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University of Arkansas Unveils America's Largest Mass Timber Building


A new mixed-use residence hall and innovative student center at the University of Arkansas has officially become America’s largest mass timber building. The new 202,027-square-foot structure is called Adohi Hall (named for the Cherokee word for “woods”) and is comprised of a series of connected buildings crafted from cross-laminated timber (CLT).

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AFA 2020 Governmental Affairs Conference


Join us in Point Clear at the Grand Hotel for an opportunity to interact with public officials and to discuss policy issues that will provide interesting perspectives on the upcoming legislative sessions. The meeting registration fee is $250.


Click below to see the agenda. To register Contact Liz Chambers at 334-481-2135 and

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Zaha Hadid's long-awaited plan for an all-timber stadium in England approved


Eco Park Stadium by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) was finally approved for construction in Gloucestershire, England after years of delays. The new home of the Forest Green Rovers F.C. will bring carbon-neutral facilities to the local community while maintaining the natural qualities of the existing site. It is the first soccer stadium in the world to be built entirely out of wood.

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Report predicts strong growth in US pellet exports to Japan


A report recently filed with the USDA Foreign Agricultural Service’s Global Agricultural Information Network indicates Japan’s market for wood pellets is expanding rapidly. While the policy-driven market opportunity for foreign wood pellet suppliers is exceptional, the report states U.S. suppliers remain on the margin.

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Year in review: Sawmill closures hurt B.C. communities


The current wave of sawmill closures and curtailments rippling through B.C. had been expected for at least a decade.


But few expected that wave to hit so fast and furious.

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10 Predictions for Global Forest Industries in 2020


1. Global pulp market will soften.


Hopes of a US-China trade deal might breathe new life into pulp prices, or they might fall flat as continued uncertainty takes a toll. Global GDP growth in 2020 is expected to be in the 2% range so short of some unexpected good news, supply will still outpace demand. Expect pulp market weakness in 2020 without some big policy development or global economic shift on the horizon.

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