WASHINGTON, DC—From October 21 to 27, we celebrate the value of America’s forests and recognize how vital they are to our well-being and national prosperity during National Forest Products Week. This week is recognized each year by a presidential proclamation. During this time, we acknowledge and celebrate the many uses of our forests, parks and woodlands, and we honor the dedicated Americans who work to ensure our forests remain productive and healthy for future generations. As you know, we work year-round to create new opportunities for wood products that support diversified rural economies, sustainable forest management, and a more sustainable building sector and keep communities safer from wildfire risk.
The Forest Service is working to develop the U.S. market for cross-laminated timber and other mass timber technologies. CLT is made from several layers of dried lumber boards stacked in alternating directions, glued and pressed to form rectangular panels. These panels have exceptional strength and stability and can be used as floors, walls and roofs in building construction, replacing or used along with traditional building materials such as concrete and steel.
Highly resilient to fire, earthquakes and explosions, CLT also provides a market for the hazardous fuels in overstocked forests, including beetle- and drought-killed trees. Removing these dead fuels from the forest to use as building materials helps reduce the damage posed by forest fires.
Additionally, the Forest Service is celebrating the sixth annual National Bioenergy Day on Oct. 24. Participating organizations in the U.S. and Canada will be hosting events and opening their doors to showcase bioenergy. It is a time to celebrate and raise awareness about the ecological, social and economic benefits that renewable wood energy from wood chips, pellets and cordwood delivers to communities and forests across the country. The Forest Service State and Private Forestry deputy area partners each year with the Biomass Power Association to promote this event and develop an annual video. This year’s video shows how a malting facility in Minnesota generates renewable energy from barley waste and urban tree trimming leftovers. To learn more or view prior year videos, visit the National Bioenergy website.