The LEED energy efficient building program is not likely to be embraced by private landowners in North Carolina unless the program's emphasis on wood substitutes and discouragement of natural wood changes, writes Dr. Robert Cooper, a tree farmer and retired physician and a member of the N.C. Tree Farm Executive Committee. Cooper says the program poses a threat to the more than 600,000 North Carolinians who own private forests and who have invested in timber harvests.

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