SBCA Seeking SYP Signatures of Support

Originally published by: SBCADecember 5, 2011

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Last week, SBCA sent out a letter written to Mr. Tom Tidwell of the U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture from Gilbert Travis of Travis Lumber Company, a lumber mill in Mansfield, AR. The letter asks the USFS, as well as the U.S. Forest Products Laboratory, to get more involved in Southern Yellow Pine (SYP) design value discussion from a scientific and lumber-knowledge perspective.

SBCA is seeking to obtain signatures of support to add to the bottom of the letter, since the final outcome of the Southern Pine lumber design value issue will greatly affect the structural building components industry. 

In addition to the letter to the U.S. Forest Service, Gilbert Travis has also written a letter to Mr. Tom Searles of the American Lumber Standards Committee (ALSC), asking the ALSC allow more time for perspective-gathering work before making such an industry-changing decision (visit for up-to-date information).

Click on the pdf links below to view these two letters. Please consider adding your signature to the bottom of them. SBCA would like to send both letters to their recipients on Tuesday, December 6, with as many signatures and company logos as possible.

Through these letters, SBCA hopes to show Mr. Tidwell and Mr. Travis there is broad concern regarding the Southern Pine lumber design value issue and that the structural components industry requires more support from the U.S. Forest Service Department of Agriculture, U.S. Forest Products Laboratory and the American Lumber Standards Committee.

If you are interested in participating, please contact Melanie Birkeland at

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