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Forestry key to Green Triangle economy and jobs – report

The forest industry’s economic contribution to the “Green Triangle” plantation region of south-west Victoria and south-east South Australia is significant – it directly generated $1.2 billion in sales last financial year and a total of $1.9 billion when flow-on effects in other indust
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OFO sawmill acquisition given the all clear

It’s official …. OneFortyOne Plantations’ acquisition of the Jubilee Highway sawmill and export woodchip operations has been given the all clear by the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission. “We are delighted that the ACCC has cleared this acquisition and we
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Tree-mendous weddings

A mass wedding isn’t appealing at the best of times but this group of women walked down the aisle to find a tree waiting for them. Source: The Daily Mail Having donned white wedding dresses, the women tied the knot with the trees as part of a performance in a park in Lima, Peru.
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Rising lumber export prices as demand picks up in key markets

Global Lumber Trade Demand for imported softwood lumber to the US has fallen by 6% during the first nine months of 2017 as compared with the same period in 2016. Source: Timberbiz In contrast, Chinese import volumes have been up 21% year-over-year, according to Hakan Ekstrom, Presiden
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Myrtle rust experts meet for national action plan

Since 2010 a strain of myrtle rust, a fungal disease native to South America, has firmly established in eastern Australia, threatening many native plant species in the myrtle rich forests along Australia’s east coast. Source: Timberbiz Other strains, not yet in Australia, have d
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Communal build-to-rent models a key to the housing crisis 

Rent-based housing models and carbon-neutral skyscrapers are among the projects of almost 100 UNSW Masters of Architecture students which went on show. Source: Timberbiz As “Generation Rent” are forced out of the housing market, a UNSW Masters of Architecture student has d
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Victorian timber shortage will add costs

Wood suppliers are warning the lack of product has hit statewide and will delay thousands of building projects in the coming months as the crisis worsens. Source: The Herald Sun Fresh fruit, food, beer and other household goods will also be hit because of added costs for timber crates
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VicForests harvesting input for timber operations

 VicForests is seeking input from local community members on the proposed updates to its Timber Release Plan (TRP), relating to timber harvesting operations. Source: Timberbiz The TRP is part of an ongoing planning process that begins once an area of State forest is identified as suit
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Act quickly for Xmas tree giveaway

Following on from the success of last year’s Christmas tree give away, OneFortyOne Plantations is once again looking to gift Christmas trees from its regional forests to the people in the Limestone Coast this Christmas. Source: Timberbiz “We were overwhelmed by the community support o
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Small scale timber harvesting in Strathbogies 

A low intensity timber harvesting operation will commence in the Strathbogies State forest in January 2018. Source: Timberbiz VicForests’ General Manager Stakeholders and Planning, Lachlan Spencer, said the operation will use the single-tree selection harvesting method. “Single-tree s
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