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Report: Timber industry failing to invest in own R&D 

Report: Timber industry failing to invest in own R&D 

A group of industry analysts finds the U.S. forest products industry has fallen far behind in producing new things out of wood. “Many traditional forest product markets have matured or declined,” the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities report stated. “Yet the sector’s research and development funding — essential to innovation — has fallen and its R&D capacity has withered.”

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Why does this famous protector of trees now want to cut some down? 

Jerry Franklin has spent much of his life in the company of giants. From his childhood in the woods of Washington state to a scientific career that catapulted him to international prominence, the towering trees of the U.S. Pacific Northwest have shaped his world. In the 1980s, the forest ecologist became a hero to many conservationists thanks to research that helped lead to a controversial 1994 plan protecting millions of hectares of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest from logging.

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How the Bangor region could manufacture a new type of timber to replace steel and cement 

An investor placed a $101 million bet on Maine forests, and UMaine is starting up a new center, all because of the potential of this new engineered wood. New building methods are making wood construction competitive with concrete and steel, in a shift that holds potential for parts of Maine hit hard by the paper industry’s free fall.

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Massive factory planned for CLT lumber components in Washington State

Katerra, a high tech construction firm, will open a new factory in Spokane Valley, Washington, where it will produce mass timber products including cross-laminated timber (CLT) and Glulam. The materials will be used in its modular building manufacturing process.Katerra has been laying the groundwork for the Washington State venture, in June acquiring Nystrom Olson, a Spokane boutique architectural studio specializing in socially and environmentally sustainable modernist architecture.

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Study highlights potential benefits of cross laminated timber

The production of cross-laminated timber, or CLT, has the potential to create significant job growth in the Pacific Northwest, according to a study published by Oregon BEST, a Portland-based nonprofit. CLT is made of layers of glued 2-inch-thick dimensional wood crossing over each other at a 90 degree angle, creating a strong panel that can be used in tall buildings.

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