Wood industry groups sign carbon agreement with Forest Service
Decorative Hardwoods Association signs wood carbon memo

Members of the Decorative Hardwoods Association observe the signing of a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to create a digital wood carbon database. 

WASHINGTON – Representatives of seven wood industry and forestry groups signed a memorandum of agreement with the U.S. Forest Service to help quantify and document the carbon benefits of wood products to battle climate change.

The agreements states: “The purpose of this MOA is to codify the cooperation between the parties to collaborate in and to support the creation of a USDA-sponsored digital platform with multiple user-friendly tools providing transparent, high-integrity forest and wood product carbon data throughout the value chain. This MOA will provide overarching guidance to the associated Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.”

The agreement runs through Dec. 31, 2033. It was signed by:
Pete Madden, president and CEO. U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities;
Rita Hite, president and CEO, American Forest Foundation;
Dave Tenny, president and CEO, National Alliance of Forest Owners;
Jackson Morrill, president and CEO. American Wood Council;
Dana Cole, executive director, The Hardwood Federation;
Keith Christman, president, Decorative Hardwoods Association;
Brent McClendon, president and CEO; National Wooden Pallet & Container Association; and
Randy Moore, chief, U.S. Forest Service.

Read the full agreement.


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