Weekly Reads | Jan. 20, 2020

  • After 18 months of a trade war between the U.S. and China, a “Phase 1” Trade Agreement was signed by both nations earlier this week. While the details of the agreement are still being analyzed, early indications are positive as China has committed to purchases of US forest products as part of the deal. Read more on gfagrow.org →
  • A University of Georgia-U.S. Forest Service Analysis says that woody biomass utilization preserves forests and reduces carbon emissions compared to fossil fuels. Read more on futureforestsandjobs.com →
  • Several mainstream media outlets recently covered mass timber in a positive way, citing the benefits of the construction material to North America. See: 
  • Speaking of mass timber, Sidewalk Lab’s Toronto development, which proposes a 30-story mass timber building, is running into some regulatory roadblocks. Read more on reuters.com →
  • Interesting fact: the American Forests & Paper Association recently cited that 75% of all U.S. pulp and paper mills are located in counties that are more than 80% rural. See AF&PA’s post →
  • The University of Georgia is a key partner in a new federal initiative to combat feral hogs and will partner with federal and state agencies as part of a $1.5 million, 3-year project in Southwest Georgia. Read more at warnell.uga.edu → 
  • BBC World Report asks the question: Can planting trees tackle climate change? Listen to the show at bbc.news.com →

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  • Jan. 25, 2020 
    Ladies & Land Workshop 
    Oliver, Georgia
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    Mass Timber Construction Management: Design through Project Close Out
    Atlanta, GA
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