Earlier this year, JLC editor Ted Cushman reported that many stakeholders in the wood preservative industry felt that it was time to boost preservative retention levels in dimensional framing lumber. As Cushman reports in Treated Wood Update (PDB, February 2015), treating all 2x8 and wider lumber so that it would be suitable for ground contact would ensure that the lumber that’s commonly placed in critical structural applications would carry enough treating chemical to stand up to harsh conditions.

That proposal was defeated at the American Wood Protection Association's annual meeting, held in April in Asheville, North Carolina. Supporter and voting AWPA T-2 Committee member Eric Gee of the Southern Forest Products Association (SFPA) notes in a recent release that the proposal is not dead, though the next opportunity for input and comment won't be until the AWPA's fall Technical Committee meeting.