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Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

448,686m3 – Australia’s log exports in February 2018, dominated by 403,136m3 of softwood logs AUD14.895 million – the value of dressed sawn softwood imports to New South Wales in February 2018, on a free-on-board basis 12.4% – growth in the value of timber windows imported to Australi
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South Gippsland votes against timber harvesting

VicForests said that it respected the sentiments of South Gippsland Shire Council, that voted against native timber harvesting in Mirboo North.  “We urge the Council and the community to continue talking with us,” Alex Messina, VicForests General Manager Corporate Affairs said.  “Ther
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Softwood chip prices up 21% in February

Australia’s woodchip exports totalled 580,785 bone dry metric tonnes (bdmt) in February 2018, with hardwood chips at 494,345 (bdmt). Softwood chips continued their recent strength, totalling 86,440 bdmt. Source: IndustryEdge, Timberbiz Latest data analysed for the Australian industry
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Security of supply

Landscape-scale forest planning and security of supply are key demands of the Victorian forestry industry for the next generation of the 20-year regional forest agreements (RFAs). By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz All five Victorian RFAs, which are to be finalised by March 2020, must re
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RFAs finally signed for Victoria

Victoria’s forest industry jobs and the environment have been assured certainty with the Australian and Victorian governments extending the Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs) for East Gippsland, Central Highlands and the North-East regions. Source: Timberbiz The extension of the three
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Gippsland Forestry Expo linking forestry education and careers

Australia’s forestry industry is finding it difficult to attract qualified or experienced people to work in this interesting and rewarding sector. Source: Timberbiz This is despite the fact that Australia’s forest industry is a dynamic and sustainable provider of regional employment,
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RFAs and biodiversity go hand-in-hand

National parks that genuinely promote biodiversity are the best way to guarantee the future of the timber industry under the New South Wales regional forest agreements (RFAs). Traditional Aboriginal forest burning should play a key role in managing the forests. Source: Philip Hopkins
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Climate warming could be good for tree growth

Climate change could speed the natural regrowth of forests on undeveloped or abandoned land in the eastern US, according to a new study. Source: Eureka Alert If left to nature’s own devices, a field of weeds and grasses over time will be replaced by saplings, young trees and eve
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Poland has violated EU laws logging in Białowieża

The EU’s highest court has ruled that Poland’s logging in the Unesco-protected Białowieża forest is illegal, potentially opening the door to multi-million euro fines. Source: The Guardian At least 10,000 trees are thought to have been felled in Białowieża, one of Europe’s last parcels
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Asia Pacific Rainforest Summit

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Rainforest Summit (APRS) starts on 23-25 of April in Yogyakarta, Indonesia with the theme: Protecting Forests and People, Supporting Economic Growth. Source: Timberbiz Seven subthemes have evolved through APRS activities and in response to partners’ and participan
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Timber & Working with Wood Show

The Timber & Working With Wood Show is on from tomorrow Friday 20 April until Sunday 22 April in Brisbane. Source: Timberbiz This is one of Australia’s premier events for woodworking and encompasses information and attractions for everyone with an interest in wood from the hobbyis
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Kangaroo Island coastal modelling at Smith Bay

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has received the initial results of coastal process modelling at Smith Bay, the site of the proposed KI Seaport. Source: KIPT and Timberbiz The initial modelling, by the coastal process modeller Dr Ian Teakle, addressed the primary and secondary effe
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Living Wood Fair in NZ

A Golden Bay couple’s “true love of wood and all its forms” has inspired an educational community event to be held in East Takaka on the weekend. Source: Stuff NZ The Living Wood Fair is described by Golden Bay residents and co-founders Liv and Graeme Scott as an edu
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6th International Forest Engineering Conference

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned about risks to which agricultural and forestry workers are exposed at the 6th International Forest Engineering Conference (FEC2018) Quenching our thirst for new knowledge held on 16 – 19 April 2018, Rotorua, New Z
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OSB imports continue to rise

Australia’s consumption of sheathing material, especially Oriented Strandboard has grown strongly in recent years, faster in fact than the rate of housing growth would suggest. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz Over the last year, imports of OSB rose almost 50% and for the year-ended
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