The SLB and USDA to collaborate on market development, research, and technological advances toward eExpanded use of wood as a natural climate solution.

Softwood Lumber Board and USDA sign MOU to support net-zero carbon construction

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) signs Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) that builds upon the existing collaborative relationship between the SLB and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Under the MOU and effective immediately, the SLB and USDA expand a public-private partnership that seeks to grow demand for wood products as natural climate solutions. The organizations will jointly explore and coordinate additional market development, research, technological advances, and other activities to expand the use of wood in the built environment.

Caroline Dauzat, Owner of Rex Lumber and SLB Board Chair, says: "Together, we're working to accelerate the adoption of innovative wood building system solutions through strategic investments and partnerships in training and support of educational opportunities for construction professionals, sawmills in regions that have lost infrastructure, carbon and climate change resources, and the continued joint funding of WoodWorks." 

Through increased partnerships and co-funding of joint initiatives, the SLB and USDA will achieve shared goals and objectives and deliver them at a rate that is more efficient and effective than working separately. Key initiatives to accelerate adoption of innovative wood building solutions include:

"Transforming buildings from carbon emitters to carbon sinks by incorporating sustainably harvested and produced wood products from public and private timberlands benefits the environment and the economy more effectively than many other climate solutions currently available," said Cees de Jager, SLB President and CEO.

The Softwood Lumber Board (SLB) is an industry-funded initiative established to promote the benefits and uses of softwood lumber products in outdoor, residential, and non-residential construction and to increase demand for appearance and softwood lumber products.

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