wood useThe Blue Ribbon Commission for Softwood Lumber Check-off (BRC), a working committee of 21 North American softwood lumber industry leaders and funded by the BSLC, has finalized its proposal to create a softwood lumber check-off program to fund a unified softwood lumber promotion program.

Given the ongoing pressures facing the industry from competitive forces and downturn in the housing market, this is exactly the right time for the industry to combine their efforts in a unified approach. 

“This is a strong, well-thought-out idea based on proof that current programs under the auspices of the Binational Softwood Lumber Council, are getting results. Continuing these efforts will create enormous opportunities for our industry. A successful check-off program would be a game-changing investment in the future of softwood lumber in North America; it’s time to make this possibility a reality.”

-Jack Jordan
 Chair of the BRC
 Executive Vice President of Jordan Lumber & Supply, Inc., North Carolina

This section will provide updates on the progress towards establishing the softwood lumber check off and provide related and relevant information on an ongoing basis to ensure interested parties can remain engaged in the process.

November 2011


National Softwood Lumber Board Members Appointed 63K pdf

June 2011


USDA AMS Press Release: June 16, 2011 172K pdf
BSLC Press Release: June 16, 2011 53K pdf
BRC Press Release: June 16, 2011 73K pdf

May 2011


Constitutionality, Role of Government, and Check-off Governance in North America acrobat pdf icon155KB pdf
Open Letter from the Blue Ribbon Commission on Check-off acrobat pdf icon71KB pdf

April 2011


Important Information Regarding Importer Concerns re Softwood Lumber Check Off acrobat pdf icon53KB pdf
Report for US Congress – Federal Farm Promotion ("Check-Off") Programs acrobat pdf icon73KB pdf
Report for US Congress – A Constitutional Analysis of Check Off Programs acrobat pdf icon73KB pdf

March 2011


Softwood Lumber Check Off – Business Case acrobat pdf icon374KB pdf
Myths & Facts about the Softwood Lumber Check Off acrobat pdf icon129KB pdf
Updated Check Off Board Recruitment acrobat pdf icon131KB pdf

January 2011


Check Off Board Nominations acrobat pdf icon67KB pdf

October 1, 2010


Softwood Lumber Check Off Proposal Published in Federal Register for Industry Comment

BRC Initial Announcement acrobat pdf icon46KB pdf
Federal Register Softwood Check-Off acrobat pdf icon187KB pdf
Federal Register Referendumacrobat pdf icon 61KB pdf