JAN-FEB 2018

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CONTACT RTA WEBSITE BECOME A MEMBER BECOME A MEMBER RTA WEBSITE CONTACT Cahaba Pressure Treated Forest Products Eagle Metal Products East Coast Railroad Gross & Janes Co. Hurdle Machine Works Koppers Inc. CROSSTIES • JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2018 18 RTA CONFERENCE SAWMILL FOCUS Empty Ideal Full 1 2 3 4 5 None Ideal Surplus 1 2 3 4 5 Poorest Balanced Best 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 Min Stable Max 1 2 3 4 5 The gauges below represent "snapshot in time" opinions of in-the-field wood tie buyers who procure untreated crossties from sawmills in their regions. RTA does not warrant nor accept responsibility for the accuracy of the data generated. See more on Hardwood Procurement Trends Eastern Half U.S. – January 2017 Crosstie Competitiveness vs. Other Hardwood Products Current .... Previous Issue Current Demand For Lumber (#2 and #3) Current Demand For Export Quantity Of Logs On Hand At Mill Yards Current Demand For Pallet Lumber Current Demand For Paper (Chips) Current Demand For Board/Mat Timbers Log Availability WASHINGTON—The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will invest nearly $32 million this year to mitigate wildfire risk, improve water quality and restore healthy forest ecosystems in 24 states and Puerto Rico. Since 2014, USDA has invested $176 million in 56 Joint Chiefs' Landscape Restoration Partnership Projects, which focus on areas where public forests and grasslands intersect with privately owned lands. "Through Joint Chiefs, the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) works with agricultural producers and forest landowners to improve forest health using available Farm Bill conservation programs, and the Forest Service enhances forest health on public lands—stitching together a larger footprint of healthy ecosystems in priority areas," said Leonard Jordan, acting NRCS chief. This year, the Joint Chiefs' partner USDA agencies are providing $2.9 million to fund seven new projects and $29 million to support 21 ongoing partnership projects. Federal, state, and local partners will bring an additional $12 million through financial and in-kind contributions over three years to implement the newly added projects. These contribute to jobs and economic benefits that sustain rural communities. "Wildfires are a serious and ongoing threat to forests and communities alike, as we've seen in California and throughout the nation this past year," said Forest Service Chief Tony Tooke. "Through these Joint Chief's projects, USDA will be working with local partners in high-risk project areas to control invasive species, install fire breaks and implement other targeted forest management practices to help mitigate the risk of wide-spread wildfires." Along with mitigating fire risk, Joint Chiefs' projects work to improve water quality by restoring healthy forests and grasslands. For example, one of the new 2018 projects, Sublette County Forest Collaborative: Working Together for Forest Health, specifically addresses protecting the sole drinking water source of Pinedale, Wyoming, near the Bridger Teton National Forest. WASHINGTON—Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue applauded the U.S. House of Representatives for passing the Resilient Federal Forests Act of 2017 (H.R. 2936) as an important step toward better management of national forests. The legislation, sponsored by Rep. Bruce Westerman (AR), seeks to implement proac- tive management standards for forests and paves the way for a solution to the problem of U.S. Forest Service funding. In this record wildfire season, Secretary Perdue has repeatedly called for a fix to the "fire borrowing" problem, which siphons off forest management dollars to pay for firefighting. This year, the Forest Service has spent in excess of $2.5 billion fighting wildfires. Perdue issued the following statement: "Proper, proactive management of our national forests is essential so that we may preserve them as functional, productive forests that support the environment, economic development, and tourism. At the same time, we must care for our forests in a manner that mitigates the severity of the inevitable wildfires. To that point, this legislation helps facilitate the conversation about Forest Service funding, which continues to be a problem as we face escalating costs in battling wildfires. For too long, the Forest Service has had to borrow from prevention programs in order to fight fires, meaning that we risk leaving a heavy fuel load in the forests for future fires to burn. As the legislative process continues, I look forward to working with Congress as we all seek a comprehensive solution to put America's forest back to work again." USDA Invests In Wildfire Mitigation & Water Quality Projects House Passes Resilient Federal Forests Act

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