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5 Technologies Help Thwart Illegal Logging by Tracing Wood’s Origin

The illegal timber trade creates problems for everyone. Governments lose valuable revenue and natural resources. Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission reported that the country lost $9 billion in revenue to the illegal timber trade between 2003 and 2014. Meanwhile, businesses sourcing legal timber lose profits and competitiveness to illegal timber supplies sold at lower prices.   So governments and businesses …

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How the lumber industry misread Covid and ended up with a global shortage and sky-high prices

A pandemic surge in home buying and renovation sent lumber prices soaring. They may never return to normal, experts say. As home building and renovation soared amid pandemic lockdowns, the price of lumber rocketed from around $400 per thousand board feet in February 2020 to an all-time high of over $1,600 in early May. Prices …

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The Benefits of Using Wood

Renewable, Recyclable, Natural Timber is one of the few natural, renewable building materials. The cyclical process involved in the harvest and regeneration of forests for timber production ensures that timber will continue to be available. Every time a tree is harvested, up to ten trees are re-established in its place; the renewable cycle begins again. …

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Improving Forest Park Through Access and Accessibility

For lovers of Forest Park, it’s hard to imagine that there are many people who never visit the Park—but there are.  A big part of Forest Park Forever’s Director of Community Engagement Anne Grossmann’s job is working with our City of St. Louis partners to identify barriers that might keep people out of the Park, and then removing them.  “People need to feel comfortable, …

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