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Forest Products Week


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Celebrate Montana Forest Products Week every year during the third week in October.

The Montana Legislature established this week in 2011 to honor our forest products industry and extend its appreciation for providing locally made wood products, stewardship of our private and public forests, and gainful employment.

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The 2017 Governor's Award for Excellence in the Use and Promotion of Montana Wood.


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DNRC Director John Tubbs presents the Governor's Award to Gordy Sanders
Gordy Sanders of Pyramid Mountain Lumber was announced as the 2017 recipient of the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Use and Promotion of Montana Wood on October 17th and the Forestry Pioneers Ceremony.

Established by Executive Order No.12-2014 to Promote Use of Montana Wood Products, this award is part of a greater effort to foster economic growth, community enhancement, and conservation in the state of Montana.

Gordy was nominated by Brian Kahn of Artemis Common Ground for his work as the Chair of the Montana Forest Products Roundtable. Originally formed after the closure of Smurfit Stone in 2010, the Roundtable was created as an instrument to generate activities for logging contractors and to provide access to outlets for their non-sawlog material. Under Gordy’s leadership the purpose of the Roundtable has expanded to foster a network of contacts and initiatives to promote the use of wood products. Numerous wood products businesses seeking assistance or guidance in business ventures have developed or expanded through the efforts and opportunity provided by the Roundtable, including Willis Enterprises, Blue Marble Biomaterials, and the Sustainable Lumber Company. Additionally, Gordy has been a tireless advocate and participant in conservation collaboratives in western Montana. He was a co-founder of the Montana Forest Restoration Committee and has helped oversee the formation of four Local Restoration Committees.

Says Kahn in his nomination, "In his work, Gordy has earned a reputation for fairness, steadiness, and perseverance in support of collaboration as the business model of forestry in Montana."

Congratulations, Gordy!

Walk in the Woods and Timber Tour Mini-Grants

Some of the most widely attended and popular activities of Montana Forest Products Week are the Walks in the Woods and Timber Tours hosted by community groups, educators, mills, foresters and forest landowners. We are pleased to announce that funding, up to $500 per event, is available to support Walks in the Woods or Timber Tours held in celebration of Forest Products Week 2017. The due date for proposals was September 11th, 2017. However, additional funding may be available on a case by case basis. See the RFP for more information and instructions on how to submit a proposal.

Made in Montana Proud!

Back again by popular demand, we will be recognizing businesses that feature Montana wood products either in the construction or their product line. Participating businesses will be posting a sign reading "We Proudly Feature Montana Wood" (sample below) in the weeks leading up to October 15th. Each business will also be featured on our Facebook page, Instagram feed, and will be listed here. For information on how your business can be featured contact Katie McKeever at KMcKeever@mt.gov.

We Proudly Feature Montana Wood poster for display in businesses that use Montana wood in their product line or facility construction


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For more information, contact DNRC Forest Products and Biomass Program byor call (406) 542-4221.     DNRC Facebook   Twitter