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Red Stag to invest $20m for cross-lamination plant

Red Stag Group, which runs the largest sawmill in the Southern Hemisphere, plans to invest more than NZ$20 million developing a largescale cross-laminated timber plant at its wood processing site in Rotorua. Sources: NZ Advisor, Stuff NZ The plant is expected to be operational by mid-
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Friends of the Leadbeater’s Possum v VicForests

VicForests is pleased that the Federal Court has rejected the argument brought against it by the Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum (FLBP). The Court found that VicForests was not affected by government delays in reviewing the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreement (RFA). Sources: Ti
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FSC Australia announces public forum

Australia’s Forest Stewardship Council (FSC Australia) has announced a public forum to be held on 22 March, from 2-6pm, at the Library at the Dock, Docklands. Source: Timberbiz Attendees will discuss opportunities and challenges that the Forest Stewardship Council is presented with in
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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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US hits Canada with newsprint duties

American government hit the Canadian forestry industry with more duties this week as it upheld counterveiling duties on Canadian newsprint. Source: Times Colonist The United States Department of Commerce said in a statement that a preliminary investigation found Canadian exporters und
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Can cash promote conservation

Paying rural villagers to cut down fewer trees boosts conservation not only while the payments are being made but even after they’re discontinued, according to a new CU Boulder study involving 1,200 tropical forest users in five developing countries. Source: University of Colorado The
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Progress on National Energy Guarantee

As the consultation closes, the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) congratulates the Federal Minister for Energy and Environment, Josh Frydenberg for progressing the National Energy Guarantee (NEG). Source: Timberbiz “The NEG, if well designed, is Australia’s best plan yet
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Report reveals timber impacts in WA

Residents in the South West of Western Australia are concerned about the impact the timber and forestry industry is having on road safety, according to an industry report. Source: The West Australian However, the majority of residents believe the industry has a positive impact on the 
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New regs for NZ forestry activities

Plantation forestry is the third largest primary sector in New Zealand with significant economic and social benefits. Source: Mondaq Currently, forestry related activities are controlled by rules in district and regional plans. This is set to change as of 1 May 2018. Forestry activiti
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Native timber showcase and design competition

‘A deep rich valley clothed with magnificent trees… in all my travels, I have never seen anything to equal the beauty of the vegetation.’ These were the words by botanist William Guilfoyle in 1869 to describe travelling up the Tweed River with Mount Warning, or Wollumbin, in the backg
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Vicforests provides work plus helps regional communities

The Rubicon State forest has been a vital resource in supplying quality timber products to Victorians and supporting the regional economy for more than 100 years. Source: Timberbiz Andy McGuire, Regional Manager VicForests, said that timber harvesting was historically the major indust
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Hyne provides BIM content for GLT

Hyne Timber is the first Glue Laminated Timber (GLT) manufacturer in Australia to provide Building Information Modelling (BIM) content for GLT in accordance with recently developed AS/NZS BIM standards. Source: Timberbiz Revit software users can now access the Hyne Timber ‘GLT F
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7.3 million trees planted through Ministry for Primary Industries

The launch of the Government’s Provincial Growth Programme is expected to result in Hawke’s Bay benefiting from an increase in commercial forestry plantings. Source: New Zealand Herald As part of the program, Pamu Farms of New Zealand (formerly Landcorp) will plant up 1000
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