13 February 2012
The American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC), the leading international trade association for the American hardwood industry, is participating in the seventh edition of the International Trade Fair for Woodworking Machinery, Tools, Fittings, Accessories, Raw Materials and Products (INDIAWOOD) through its involvement with the ‘INDIAWOOD’ seminar, providing fresh insights and addressing the latest and most pressing issues in the timber business in India.
The theme of the seminar this year is ‘Know Your Wood’. Featured AHEC speakers include Bob Sabistina, AHEC’s Technical Consultant and U.S. hardwood lumber grading expert, and Dr. Scott Bowe, Professor & Wood Products Specialist Department of Forest and Wildlife Ecology College of Agricultural and Life Sciences University of Wisconsin, USA. Sabistina delivered a presentation on American hardwood species, grades and applications, while Bowe’s seminar covered the U.S. hardwood forest resource, lumber production and kiln-drying, with some emphasis on the environmental credentials of American hardwoods.
“The U.S. hardwood industry has extensive experience of drying hardwood lumber. In fact much of the research over the last 35 years related to drying temperate hardwood has emanated from the United States. Satisfactory kiln drying can only be achieved through having the proper equipment, by employing the correct techniques and by having a full understanding of the material,” said Wiles.
13 February 2012
The International Year of Forests 2011 declared by the United Nations General Assembly ended after a year's worth of events and activities exploring the value of forests and ways people can protect them.By declaring 2011 as the International Year of Forests, the General Assembly intended to create a platform to educate the global community about the great value of forests and the extreme social, economic and environmental costs of losing them.In a closing ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York, people who have made special contributions to protect forests in each region of the world were honored with a UNFF Forest Heroes Award.Michigan Girl Scouts Rhiannon Tomtishen, 15, and Madison Vorva, 16, were named Forest Heroes for the North American region for convincing the Girl Scout organization to stop selling cookies containing palm oil. A Japanese oyster fisherman, Shigeatsu Hatakeyama, received the award for the Asia region, for planting a forest in the hills of Miyagi, Japan, which helped maintain clean water for his oyster beds.Paul Nzegha Mzeka was honored for his work helping 30 communities in the African nation of Cameroon to protect their watersheds and conserve community forests through sustainable bee farming, education and reforestation.For the European region, Anatoly Lebedev was recognized for his work campaigning against illegal logging and destructive land practices in Russia's Far East that threaten indigenous communities and Siberian tigers.
Source: Environment News Service