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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Farming and forestry can deliver food

Improving co-operation between nations’ farming and forestry sectors will help reduce deforestation and improve food security, a UN report has suggested. Source: BBC News Between 2000 and 2010, tropical nations saw net forest loss of seven million hectares per year and a net gai
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50 million trees planted in one day

Officials in Uttar Pradesh passed out millions of saplings to be planted all over the state so it could increase its forest cover. Source: Huffington Post The shade-surging drive was part of a pledge India made at 2015’s climate change summit in Paris to increase the nation’s forest c
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Wood fuel not as bad as thought

Felling trees for firewood is an eons-old practice that in recent history has come under criticism by conservationists. But according to new research conducted by the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR), the true environmental impact of wood fuel needs to be better unde
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Barkskins book of kauri logging

If Annie Proulx had her way, New Zealand would have featured in more detail in her latest novel, Barkskins. Source: The New Zealand Herald Much of that was about the logging of kauri forests; descriptions of the overall ecosystem including detail about flax. Also jettisoned, a section
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Pining away for over 100 years

This winter marks the 100-year anniversary of pine plantations in the Ovens Valley. Source: The Myrtleford Times The first plantings occurred near the Ovens River on dredge tailings left from the gold rush days, near Mountbatten Avenue in Bright. Northern Region HVP Plantations genera
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Working together for a safer, healthier workplace

New Zealand ACC and WorkSafe New Zealand launched the inaugural ‘Reducing Harm in New Zealand Workplaces Action Plan’. Source: Timberbiz The Plan supports their collaborative efforts to meet the government’s target of reducing serious injuries and fatalities in the workplace by at lea
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Wood smoke draws researchers to New Zealand

The burning question of winter is attracting international air quality scientists to Wellington later this month to design a large-scale joint research program. Source: Timberbiz, Scoop NZ Leading researchers in atmospheric wood smoke and its impact on health from the US, Canada, Swed
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TFS continues to rate well

Australia’s TFS Corp, a leading international supplier and grower of Indian sandalwood trees, has received its second ratings upgrade in a month. Source: Reuters This is a bright spot for a sector that has been criticised for being the source of heavy losses for retail investors
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NZ increases log shipments to India and South Korea

New Zealand, a leading softwood log exporter in the world, has increased its log shipments to India and South Korea during the first five months of 2016, while exports to China were down, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly (WRQ). Source: Trade Arabia With total shipments trending hig
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