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Legislators from both sides of the aisle recently moved “to reintroduce the Timber Innovation Act – bipartisan, bicameral legislation that aims to find new and innovative uses for wood as a building material.”

  • “Building with wood benefits both rural economies and the environment, and using wood for construction reduces pollution and incentivizes private landowners to keep their land forested, rather than selling it to developers.” (S. Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI)
  • “There is enormous potential for mass timber and the Timber Innovation Act takes an important step forward to advance this new technology. While wood is one of the oldest building materials around, new technology utilizing engineered mass timber panels and wood-based building systems creates new possibilities for wood construction.” (Adrian Blocker, Weyerhaeuser senior vice president of wood products)
  • "Healthy, well-managed forests can provide important habitat for wildlife, restore watershed health, and help store carbon. 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.” (Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation)
  • “Advancing tall wood building construction through the Timber Innovation Act is a win for working families and our environment. Encouraging the use of green building materials, instead of building materials dependent on fossil fuels, reduces greenhouse gases, creating a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations.” (S. Representative Suzan DelBene (WA-01)

“The legislation will accelerate the research and development of wood for use in construction projects, focusing on the construction of buildings over 85 feet in height.” To learn more, click here.

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