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International Trade
Influences on
SC Wood Markets

South Carolina Division Meeting

June 6-7, 2012
Hendrix Student Center
Almeda Jacks Ballroom
Clemson University
Clemson, SC

Hosted by the Keowee Chapter

2012 Meeting Brochure

Suppressed sawtimber markets have influenced landowners to delay final harvest, and lumber mills and construction panel plants have curtailed production.  So, what is holding back the housing market and when will it rebound?  What is being accomplished to market wood products over other building materials?

Led by the Technical Chair, Dr. Patricia Layton, this year’s meeting is titled, “International Trade Influences on SC Wood Markets” and will be held at Hendrix Student Center at Clemson University on June 7thThe meeting calls on experts who keep tabs on wood product markets and economic conditions at the regional, national, and global scales.

Carlton Owen will lead with the keynote focused on the progress of the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities and the Softwood Lumber Agreement.  Then we will hear from a number of experts regarding the influence of the mountain pine beetle on lumber supply from Canada, international trade outlook, and opportunities for exports. 

We’ll hear about marketing efforts regarding the lumber check off program and an overview of historical and current conditions of forest products market with a look at near future opportunities. The marketing efforts of WoodWorks will highlight use of wood in commercial building as a substitute for non-renewable building materials.

And finally, some of the forestry research, student involvement, and community outreach at Clemson University will be presented.

On the afternoon of June 6th, there will be a tour of the Dr. Joe James’ Chestnut Return Farm describing the research progress to develop chestnut tree resistance to the chestnut blight. The evening social in the President’s Box overlooking Memorial Stadium (aka “Death Valley”) will be a highlight you will not want to miss. It’s an informative program, at the right time, in a great place – come back to Clemson!