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Crapo, Stabenow introduce timber research bill

Sen. Mike Crapo, R-Idaho, and Senate Agriculture Committee ranking member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced this week that they have introduced a bill to accelerate research and development of wood buildings above 85 feet in height or roughly seven or more stories.

The Timber Innovation Act would direct the Agriculture Secretary to establish a research and development program for tall wood building construction in the U.S Forest Service so that the National Forest Products Lab and American colleges and universities could conduct the research.

The bill also supports the Forest Service's program to support wood products as material for tall buildings and authorizes funds to be appropriated.

Stabenow and Crapo's bill is co-sponsored by Sens. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., Steve Daines, R-Mont., and Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., and is supported by Weyerhaeuser, National Wildlife Federation, and the American Wood Council and more than 75 other groups.

Collin O'Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation, said, "By supporting the development of new markets for saw timber, we will help landowners keep their forests as forests, while avoiding global warming pollution from conventional building materials."

–The Hagstrom Report