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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Brazil to open 860,000 acres of protected Amazon forest

The Brazilian environment ministry is proposing the release of 860,000 acres in the National Forest of Jamanxim for agricultural use, mining and logging. Sources: Reuters, The Independent UK The government’s order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecolog
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First quarter 2017 log exports

The total value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Ajot Over 50% of the timber harvest in New Zealand is being exported in log form. However, some sawmills in the c
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New role for Tim Leaman

Tim Leaman has resigned from the Forest Practices Authority (FPA) Compliance Manager position to take up a new role as Environment Manager in the Roads and Transport Division of the Department of State Growth. Source: Timberbiz Dr Peter Volker, Chief Forest Practices Officer & Dir
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EPA issues penalty notices for logging in protected areas

The NSW Environment Protection Authority (EPA) has issued penalty notices to contractor Honey Ridge Timber Pty Ltd and landowner, Putty Holdings Pty Ltd, for logging in protected areas and polluting a stream on a private property near Putty. Source: The Singleton Argus Fines totalling
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HIA Housing Scorecard report

“New South Wales has retained its lead over Victoria in the latest HIA Housing Scorecard report released today,” said HIA’s Principal Economist, Tim Reardon.  Source: Timberbiz The HIA Housing Scorecard ranks each of the eight states and territories based on the performance of their h
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Enviro impact statement from Kangaroo Island Timbers

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers will release an Environmental Impact Statement into its proposed multi-purpose wharf at Smith Bay within months. Source: Timberbiz The independent Development Assessment Commission released guidelines for the project, which require KIPT to prepare a
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Forest Research Manager position at FWPA

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) seeks to appoint a new Forest Research Manager to improve industry collaboration and maximise the leverage and effectiveness of forest research, development and extension. Source: Timberbiz The position will report to the managing director and
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Quintis chaotic financial structure

The complex and chaotic financial structure underpinning troubled sandalwood group Quintis became even more evident, with the decision by the cash-strapped timber and oil company to issue writs against former managing director Frank Wilson for an $11.1 million unpaid loan. Source: The
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Professional forest managers now female

Today’s face of a professional forest manager is unlikely to be a rugged bearded bush-man type but is much more likely to be a very technologically savvy female who is a skilled communicator, business analyst and people manager. Source: Timberbiz Since the 1970s when university gradua
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