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Daily Timber News

Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

The Hidden Life of Trees finds worldwide success

Peter Wohlleben had found what he was looking for: a pair of towering beeches. “These trees are friends,” he said, craning his neck to look at the leafless crowns, black against a gray sky.” Source: The New York Times “You see how the thick branches point away from each other? That’s
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2016 Wood Design Awards

WoodWorks has revealed its winners for the 2016 Wood Design Awards. Source: Gizmag Intended to promote the benefits of building from timber, this year’s 16 winners comprise a varied assortment including a fire station, museum, library, and pavilion. The most eye-catching winner
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Ligna registrations open

Online registration has begun for the first international LIGNA Conference, to be held at the Robotation Academy in Hannover, Germany on 3 and 4 May 2016. Source: Timberbiz The event is being staged by Deutsche Messe and the German Woodworking Machinery Manufacturers’ Association with
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NZ house prices increase rapidly

The latest Reserve Bank bulletin contained few surprises for those who watch the real estate market in New Zealand. Source: The New Zealand Herald The well-informed sages at the RBNZ say house prices in New Zealand have “risen significantly over the past five decades” and
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Furniture maker trials plantation timber

In an experiment where art meets science, a local furniture maker has put Tasmania’s plantation timbers to the test. Source: ABC News Phillip Blacklow wanted to compare plantation species to more commonly used regrowth timber known as Tasmanian Oak. He said he wanted to see whet
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Clumsy possum halts logging at Errinundra Victoria

Victoria’s logging agency has halted the practice on the Errinundra Plateau in East Gippsland after the discovery of a colony of rare greater gliders. Source: ABC News The Goongerah Environment Centre conducted a night time citizen survey and found 15 of the rare possums in two
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Tas Resources Minister takes aim after Lapoinya

Claims that our workplace protection laws somehow impinge on free speech are absolute rubbish according to an article in The Mercury by Paul Harriss, Tasmanian State Resources Minister. Source: The Mercury Mr Harriss said that what the laws actually do is protect free speech, while al
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Forestry Tas boss exits

The flare-up of conflict over logging has been linked to the departure of four out of six Forestry Tasmania board members, including chairman Bob Annells. Source: ABC News Resources Minister Paul Harriss said Mr Annells decided not to seek reappointment as head of the government busin
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NZ improves forestry safety

Data on the forestry industry shows there has been significant drop in workplace deaths and injuries, Worksafe New Zealand data shows in 2015 three forestry workers died on the job compared with 10 in 2013. Source: Radio New Zealand There was also half the number of serious accidents
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