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Daily Timber News

Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Logging irradiated wood in Chornobyl

Urban explorers from Ukraine say they have discovered logging operations inside the Chornobyl exclusion zone and warn that irradiated wood is being sold to unsuspecting consumers. Source: CBC Canada “I wouldn’t want to live in such a house,” Artur Kalmykov said. The
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Myanmar Timber Enterprise to end logging

While there is no official announcement as yet a senior official of the Myanmar Timber Enterprise (MTE) has been quoted as saying that his organisation intends to end its logging operations from the end of this fiscal year. Source: Forestry Expo The plan submitted by the Forestry Depa
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Global forest, paper and packing industry update

Mixed prices and demand for commodities, as well as currency volatility continues to affect the performance of the global forest, paper and packaging industry. Source: Lesprom However, the building product sector fundamentals remain optimistic, with steadily improving US housing start
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Tree changes in Queensland

The Queensland Parliamentary Committee assessing the Palaszczuk Government’s proposed changes to tree clearing laws are about to start sifting through hundreds of submissions. Source: ABC Rural With submissions now closed for the inquiry into Labor’s proposed changes to ve
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Thor’s timber brickworks

Surrounded by crumbling brickworks timber recycler Thor Diesendorf has set a fire of innovation under decades of uncertainty, to create a flourishing business. Source: The Canberra Times At the old Yarralumla brickworks, which once turned out Canberra’s classic red brick, he is
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Tas wilderness to drop off government agenda

It’s been a tough few months for parts of Tasmania’s protected wilderness and the future also looks bleak according to the federal budget, which has copped criticism from some sectors of the island state. Sources: AAP, Nine News Tasmania’s Wilderness World Heritage A
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Intergrain awards open with new category

Design professionals are invited to showcase their creativity with timber with the launch of the 2016 Intergrain Timber Vision Awards. Source: Design Entries are now open for the 7th edition of the Intergrain Timber Vision Awards, a timber design competition that celebrates the innova
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Logs to move down coast via KiwiRail

New proposals may mean that logs will again be moved down the East Coast of New Zealand. What the proposals don’t currently allow for is a reopening of the slip-damaged line to Gisborne and access to the vast hinterland of mature pine trees in the Raukumaras. Source: Forestry Expo Haw
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FIAT fraudster jailed

A woman who stole more than $110,000 from the Forest Industry Association of Tasmania has been jailed for two years. Source: The Mercury Gail Lynne Delpero, 44, worked as a part-time executive assistant with responsibilities for managing finances and had full access to FIAT bank accou
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