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Time to get more resourceful with our resources.

Just before heading to press, President Clinton announced his proposed policy for managing old-growth timber harvesting in the Pacific Northwest. (See News Editor Larry Adams' report below.)

Judging from comments made by both industry and environmental representatives, Clinton was right on target in his three-month-old prediction that his aim at compromise would probably miss the mark and not make anybody happy. And try as his administration might to convince interested parties that this "innovative plan" would end the legal gridlock, odds are that if enacted it will serve as the basis for a new round of lawsuits.

While the Clinton Administration's proposal to allow limited timber harvesting in the old-growth forests has a more direct bearing on the Northwest's logging industry, it would likely have a strong downstream impact on the wood products industry. Not only would the plan impact the cost of new home construction, it would create a framework for the federal government to intercede in other regional forest disputes and leave open the possibility of Washington taking a more active role in the management of private forests as well.

Reading between the lines, it is apparent that the woodworking industry must continue to do more with less. In part, this means continuing to optimize wood resources and reduce waste from the sawmill to the rough mill and throughout all phases of secondary wood and panel processing operations. Among other things, the impending timber crunch creates a new impetus for implementing more efficient manufacturing technologies and production methodologies and investing in the development and use of new substrates, thinner veneers and laminates.

Go to Anaheim

The battle over control of the forests is one of the more currently active areas of environmental protection. Control of finishing emissions, wood dust and other harmful substances found in the woodworking shop are also under close scrutiny. Like it or not, woodworkers have to factor meeting these challenges into their long-term planning.

To be a successful planner requires homework. Reading trade publications like Wood & Wood Products is a good start. Attending trade shows is a great way to test one's knowledge and fill in the gaps.

The Woodworking, Machinery & Furniture Supply Fair, to be held Sept. 9-12 in Anaheim, is the biggest woodworking trade show of the year. It will feature products displayed by more than 750 key industry suppliers. Attending the show is a quick study of what's new in machine technology, pollution abatement, optimizing software, hardware, laminate, cutting tools and much more.

We have prepared this Anaheim Fair preview issue with show attendees in mind. Included is our exclusive pull-out floor plan of the Anaheim Convention Center, a comprehensive roundup of more than 75 educational seminars and workshops and more than 180 Showstopper products.

Even if you can't make the show this year, check out this issue and get a feel for what you'll be missing. Maybe you'll think twice about not going.
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Author:Christiansen, Rich
Publication:Wood & Wood Products
Article Type:Editorial
Date:Jul 1, 1993
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