Dovetail Partners Commends USDA Support for Green Building

(Minneapolis, MN) – Dovetail Partners, a Minneapolis-based non-profit, strongly endorses today’s announcement by USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack recognizing wood as a green building material.


“Wood is a natural material that is locally-grown throughout the United States, and wood is an important green building material,” said Kathryn Fernholz, Executive Director of Dovetail Partners.  “This announcement supports our forests, America’s family forest owners and our rural communities.”


The USDA announced new efforts to embrace wood as a green building material, including a preference for wood in new construction.  The USDA also announced new research initiatives focused on technologies that utilize wood in building, and a search for demonstration projects that showcase innovate use of wood in non-residential buildings.


“Recent projects throughout North America have demonstrated that wood is a 21st century material that can be used in the most advanced and creative construction projects,” said Jim Bowyer, Director of the Responsible Materials Program within Dovetail Partners.


New technologies for wood increase the opportunities for building with wood.  Wood naturally stores carbon and wood construction offers a carbon-positive result at a savings in overall cost. In British Columbia, nearly 100 six-story wood-frame buildings are under construction on under consideration.


The majority of wood harvested in the United States is grown on private forestlands, including lands owned by millions of families. Supporting the use of wood in green building allows America’s forest owners to contribute to the green economy while supporting local communities and businesses.  Across the U.S., wood product businesses support over 1 million jobs and provide billions in economic growth in rural communities. With strong wood products markets, forest owners are able to keep their forests as forests.




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