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Bark beetle kills millions of trees in California

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Bark beetles, such as the Western Pine Bark Beetle, have combined with the drought to cause a massive tree die-off in California, prompting Governor Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency, reports the Press Enterprise.

Brown has declared a state of emergency to help California address a bark beetle infestation that is killing tens of millions of trees, including many in Inland forests.

The governor sent a letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack seeking federal action for “the worst epidemic of tree mortality in its modern history.”

The tree die-off is exacerbated by four years of extreme drought conditions, which has left trees vulnerable to the native beetles.

The U.S. Forest Service estimates that more than 22 million trees have already died in California. Brown is asking the federal government for additional funding and help for private landowners to remove dead and dying trees.

A U.S. Forest Service survey released earlier this year found than 2 million trees have died in Southern California, half of them in the Los Padres National Forest north of Los Angeles, and that bark beetles are present in those forests.

See the full story here: http://www.pe.com/articles/trees-785023-forests-forest.html.

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December 1, 2015 at 7:00 am

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Illinois gives up on Emerald Ash Borer quarantine

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According to the Chicago Tribune, Illinois has dropped the quarantine on the movement of firewood and ash trees. It could be too late to limit the spread of the deadly emerald ash borer beetle.

The pesky beetle feeds on the region’s ashes trees and is spreading rapidly. Sixty out of Illinois’ 102 counties have been affected. Humboldt Park lost 650 trees to the insect in June.

“It kind of does seem like we’re throwing in the towel,” Scott Schirmer, plant and pesticide specialist supervisor for the Illinois Department of Agriculture, told the Tribune. “We’ve spent almost 10 years to work on this and regulate this, and I think it’s slowed down the spread and bought people time. But the extent of the bug at this point tells us it’s effectively time to deregulate.”

The infestation really grew over the past two years with the insect affecting 27 more counties, according to Schirmer. Surrounding states Kentucky, Missouri and Iowa have also ended their quarantines.

“Even though the state of Illinois is lifting its in-state EAB quarantine, I urge all Illinoisans to remain vigilant against the man-assisted spread of not only this pest, but all invasive species,” Warren Goetsch, acting state agriculture director, said in a statement.

See the full Tribune story here: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-emerald-ash-borer-quarantine-lifted-met-20151021-story.html.

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November 2, 2015 at 7:00 am

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2015 International Wood to unveil new magazine issue

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The cover image of the new issue.

Malaysian timber increases the luxury quotient at the Maldives Paradise Island Resort and Spa. Caribbean Heart Pine is used to refurbish the Octavia Art Gallery in New Orleans. Two artists both source Southeast Asian woods to create extraordinary root sculptures and unique outdoor rocking chairs for children. A Borneo Initiative market coordinator stresses the difference between legality and sustainability in the wood products market and why sustainability is important. These stories and much more can be found in the 2015 edition of the award-winning International Wood: The Guide to Applications, Sources and Trends. The International Wood Products Association (IWPA) will unveil the latest issue this week.

“Fans of International Wood look forward to the latest trends and cutting edge applications in the imported woods market and this year’s edition doesn’t disappoint,” said IWPA Executive Director Cindy Squires. “Our readers want assurance of legal and responsibly sourced wood products from around the world, which is why we’re pleased to present this Buyers Guide and an interview with the North America market links coordinator for The Borneo Initiative, a model approach to certification of sustainable forest management.”

“We’re especially excited about this year’s inclusion of an updated Source Box to allow woodworkers and specifiers to immediately learn more about the species highlighted in our articles.” Said IWPA President Craig Forester of Rex Lumber Company. “Readers can then turn to Rex Lumber Company to immediately learn more about the suppliers that can help them source the most beautiful and highest performance wood products from around the world.”

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October 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

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New uses for Accoya

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Accoya’s modified timber sees uses for a variety of woodworking applications.

Accoya wood, recently exhibited at AWFS Fair, unlike other modified wood products, is transformed to the core and enables woodworkers to machine, coat, and glue like normal wood. Accoya wood has been compared to hardwoods for its machinability, and requires no special tools for crosscutting, ripping, planing, routing, or drilling.

Here are some ways the company used its product:

Project Type: Custom replacement windows

In keeping with the state-of-the-art products being introduced in the extensive renovations to the 1964 building, Accoya wood replaced all of the embassy’s window frames. Dauphin Way United Methodist Church, Mobile, Alabama.

Project Type: Custom replacement windows

Oakleigh Custom Woodworks used Accoya in the replacement of 14 windows, each measuring 54 inches wide by 21 feet high, including 56 double panes of glass, and with 1/16-inch clearance. Oakleigh assembled each window using 35 individual, pre-made parts; each length made into subcomponents, then finger-jointed into the final window. House Extension, Heusden, Belgium

Project Type: Ceiling, walls, and floor

Architects from Ghent, Belgium, added a cubic extension to an original house, with the façades and roof featuring an identical design. Inside, the ceiling, walls, and floor of the extension, all  Press Information Accoya® and the Trimarque Device are registered trademarks owned by Titan Wood Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Accsys Technologies PLC, and may not be used or reproduced without written permission. made with Accoya wood, are joined so that they appear to flow into one another, thus emphasizing the size and scale of the cube.

“Accoya wood has been used in some of the most extreme applications, including a submerged pedestrian bridge, docks, and coastal siding, outdoor furniture and cabinetry, windows, and doors,” says Laura Ladd, head of marketing at Accsys Technologies.

For more information, visit www.accoya.com.

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August 24, 2015 at 7:00 am

Rare Henry Clay Armoire donated to Louisiana State Museum

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New Orleans based M.S. Rau Antiques has donated the Henry Clay Rosedown Plantation Armoire to the Louisiana State Museum.

The unveiling of the armoire will be Tuesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m., on the third floor of the Cabildo, on Jackson Square, in New Orleans. Speakers at the unveiling will include Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne, owner of M.S. Rau Antiques Bill Rau, and Mark Tullos, Director of the Louisiana State Museum.

The Henry Clay Rosedown Plantation Armoire is an extremely rare and monumental Gothic Revival Rosewood “winged” armoire originally made by Crawford Riddell of Philadelphia for the White House (for the bedroom now known as the Lincoln Bedroom).

Crafted of a Brazilian rosewood (a species that is now extinct), the armoire is flanked by two gothic columns that open on the sides to hold clothes, hence the reference to a “winged” wardrobe. The center doors open to reveal more storage and an interior chest of drawers. Each section retains its original blue paint on the interior and the drawers are beautifully finished in Brazilian rosewood on the interior. The armoire is in excellent mint condition.

“The Henry Clay Armoire is probably one of the most important pieces of 19th century furniture in America,” said Mark Tullos, Director of the Louisiana State Museum. “We are grateful to Bill Rau and M.S. Rau Antiques for this very generous contribution and for helping to preserve this magnificent piece for future generations.”

The piece was commissioned by the supporters of Henry Clay during his bid for presidency in 1844. Though he fully expected to win the highly contested race, Clay lost the election to Democratic candidate James K. Polk.

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May 29, 2015 at 7:00 am

Criminal charges likely for Lumber Liquidators

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Lumber Liquidator’s net income was down 17 percent, in the fourth quarter compared to 2013, amid reports that the company may face criminal charges for Lacey Act violations. Net income was $17.3 million, with a lower-than-expected 5.4 percent rise in revenue. Same-store sales were down 4.2% percent.

In SEC filings released February 25, the company said it expects to face criminal charges by the Department of Justice for allegedly importing illegally harvested wood, a violation under the Lacey Act. “We expect to continue to communicate with the DOJ regarding its intentions and possible courses of action in this matter,” Lumber Liquidators said in the filing. “At this time, we do not have enough information to estimate a reasonably possible loss or range of loss that may result from actions by the DOJ as a result of its investigation.”

Lumber Liquidators has been under scrutiny since 2013 when the 64-page report, “Liquidating the Forest” by the London-based Environmental Investigation Agency, alleged the company’s Chinese wood suppliers of using illegally harvested Siberian lumber in the manufacture of its hardwood flooring. That report may have prompted the Sept. 26, 2013, raid of Lumber Liquidators’ Toano, Virginia, headquarters and a retail outlet in Richmond, by Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Homeland Security Investigations.

During a conference call on Wednesday, Lumber Liquidators CEO Robert Lynch also acknowledged that an upcoming “60 Minutes” report on the flooring manufacturer and retailer would likely be unfavorable.  The CBS show will reportedly focus on a number of issues facing the company, including the California lawsuit that alleged Chinese flooring sold by Lumber Liquidators emits formaldehyde at levels far above those permissible under CARB.

“We’ve been dealing with some of these allegations for a couple of years now going back to 2012 and 2013,” said CFO Daniel Terrell. “What I’d tell you very confidently and clearly is that we are a leader in safety.”

The company expects to be charged with a misdemeanor or felony in connection with the case, Daniel Terrell, the chief financial officer, said on the conference call.

See the full story from the Woodworking Network here: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/wood-market-trends/woodworking-industry-news/production-woodworking-news/Criminal-Charges-Likely-for-Lumber-Liquidators-Lacey-Violations-294281531.html

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March 19, 2015 at 7:00 am

SCMA publishes new case study on use of cypress

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The Southern Cypress Manufacturers Association has published a new case study that details the use of cypress at the new Live Oak Bank headquarters in Wilmington, North Carolina.

The 36,000-square-foot building features cypress as exterior siding and soffits, as well as interior ceilings and custom millwork. Download a copy online at http://www.cypressinfo.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/05/CaseStudy_Live-Oak-Bank.pdf.

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June 11, 2014 at 7:00 am

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