January 2013
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Alabama's Logging Notice Act


By LeAndra Spicer

In 2012, the Alabama Forestry Association (AFA) and the Association of County Commissions of Alabama (ACCA) worked together to create a statewide Logging Notice Act, which was subsequently passed by the Alabama Legislature. The new law was intended to address the interests ...  


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By Suz-Anne Kinney


In line with its position of more than three decades, the EPA recently issued a rule confirming logging roads are not subject to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permitting requirements. The revision, handed down on November 30, was intended to clarify ...  


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By Matthew Perkowski


Forest2Market's composite lumber price increased by 8 percent throughout the month of November. The composite price started the month at $324/MBF (Week 44). This was the largest week-to-week gain of the month, up from $306/MBF in the last week of October (Week ...  


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New Southern Pine Design Values Set For Review in January 2013 
By Suz-Anne Kinney


The Southern Pine Inspection Bureau (SPIB) has resubmitted its proposed southern pine design values for visually graded lumber to the American Lumber Standards Committee's (ALSC). The new design values were originally intended for review during an ALSC Board of Review meeting on ...  


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Forestry-Related Industry Performance-November 2012

By Suz-Anne Kinney

Overall, the Manufacturing sector contracted in November to its lowest level since July 2009, whereas the Service sector expanded for the 35th consecutive month. The Performance Manufacturing Index (PMI) registered 49.5%, a 2.2% decrease from October. Below the manufacturing economy breakeven line ...  


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By Suz-Anne Kinney

The housing market recovery strengthened toward the end of 2012, the result of strong residential construction, higher home prices and new, existing and pending home sales numbers that continued to rise in November. While housing starts were off slightly in November (down 3% from ...  


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Wood-Fuel Prices in US South Continue to Fall
By Daniel Stuber 

Wood-fuel prices have followed a downward trend since 3Q2010. Based on October 2012 and preliminary November 2012 data, we expect this trend will continue in 4Q2012. Let's look at the numbers. In 3Q2010, nominal wood-fuel prices averaged $20.65 per ton. In ...  


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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: Forest Sustainability in the US 

By Suzanne Hearn

The phrase "no good deed goes unpunished" is often used in jest-a sort of feigned indignation. For instance, you slow down to let a car turn into traffic ahead of you and then watch that car make...


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