China may well replace the U.S. within two years as B.C.'s largest market for softwood lumber exports, Forests Minister Pat Bell said in Vancouver Tuesday. Bell also said that for the first time, China has surpassed Japan as the No. 1 destination for B.C. lumber in terms of value as well as volume, with 2010 B.C. lumber exports to China valued at about $687 million, more than double the value of shipments in 2009.
The European Union has signed an agreement with Indonesia aimed at curbing the flow of illegally harvested timber from Indonesia 's rainforests. The country is the world's third-largest tropical forest nation and the EU is a key market for its forest products, with an average value of timber and paper exports of $1.2 billion a year.
The U.S. Forest Service Wood Education and Resource Center has announced grant funding for six hardwood forestry projects designed to encourage innovation and the sharing of processing and marketing knowledge among wood products manufacturers in the Eastern United States. Four projects address keeping the hardwood industry economically competitive and involve wood utilization and invasive species.
The American Forests Foundation's Center for Conservation Solutions is hosting a workshop in Ellicott City, MD, on September 10th and 11th, 2008, intended to start an ongoing dialogue focused on how family forest owners can capitalize on the ecological and economic benefits of ecosystem services markets. "Market-based approaches, such as payments for biodiversity offsets and watershed services, provide effective incentives to turn private forests into even greater assets, encouraging sustainable forestry, and combating fragmentation and land use change.
In a new partnership, the Arbor Day Foundation is working with NASF and individual State Foresters to identify proposals for reforestation projects to help offset the costs of seedlings for planting. The Foundation helped to plant more than 3 million trees in national forests in 2008 and is now turning its focus on state forest land in 2009 and beyond.
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