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Daily Timber News

Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Log and fibre price and supply chain optimization

Recent announcements of new mill investments in Scandinavia, the Baltic Rim and Northwest Russia have led to concern over increased competition, tighter fibre supply and higher raw material prices. Source: Benzinga Market concerns like these are often exacerbated by inadequate and ina
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New Euro forest strategy

The new EU forest strategy must focus on managing forests sustainably, promoting efficient use of the raw materials that they produce, and boosting the competitiveness of forest-related industry so as to create jobs, according to a non-legislative resolution voted by Parliament. Sourc
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Wood foam

Since most foam materials are made of petrochemical plastics, they aren’t very climate-friendly. But now an alternative is in sight – a novel foam material produced entirely from wood. Source: Science Daily This material is not harmful to the environment and is recyclable. In the long
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Australia and NZ increase softwood log exports to China

Log import volumes to China typically increase in the month of March every year and 2015 was no exception with a 76% jump from the previous month. The softwood log imports reached 2.9 million m3. Source: MarketWatch This is the highest monthly volume since early in 2014, and incidenta
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More trouble in north west Tasmania

A resident action group in Tasmania’s north west is vowing to fight Forestry Tasmania’s final decision to clearfell a neighbouring 60- year-old regrowth coupe. Source: ABC Rural The Friends of Lapoinya Action Group and a forest ecologist say logging will harm endangered ma
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FSC certification on track for Forestry Tas

The auditor of Forestry Tasmania’s (FT) environmental certification application has rejected the state’s Greens Leader’s comments about a delay in the process. Source: ABC New Last month The Greens’ Kim Booth said the state owned forestry company’s failur
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Tas government to sell off hardwood

The Tasmanian Government will investigate selling off Tasmania’s publicly-owned hardwood plantations as part of a plan to downsize Forestry Tasmania. Source: ABC News Resources Minister Paul Harriss delivered a ministerial statement to Parliament, vowing to end subsidies to the
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Farmers face burning decisions in WA

A transformation is underway in southern Western Australia as farmers work to return abandoned blue gum investment blocks back to productive farm land. Source: ABC Rural With seemingly big environmental benefits and tax incentives, blue gums seemed like a good idea back in the late 19
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Carter Holt Harvey looks to divest in NZ

FIRST Union confirmed that members at Bestwood, a division of Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) Woodproducts, have been advised of a proposal by Carter Holt Harvey (CHH) to sell the division to New Zealand Panel Group. Source: Voxy.co.nz The sale could see the closure of the Wiri and Rangiora
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