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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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European parliament backs national C02 cuts and forestry plans

CO2 emitted by transport, farming, buildings and waste must be cut by 30% across the EU, and CO2 emitted and absorbed by forestry and land use must balance out by 2030. Source: Eureporter These are the aims of two draft EU laws adopted by the European Parliament. EU targets are to be
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Elomar brothers in PNG logging company dispute

Sydney businessmen the Elomar brothers were busy in 2014, apart from other indiscretions the pair struck a deal that year, paying $6 million for a logging company only to end up negotiating a $9 million payment from the previous owners after a dispute. Source: The Canberra Times The c
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Deere turnover for forestry machinery is down

In the 2015/16 financial year (31 October), US-American Deere & Company generated turnover of US$4.900bn with its construction and forestry machinery. Source: Euwid The associated decline of 18% therefore matches the last turnover forecast quoted after the third quarter. Prior to
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Planned burns in Tasmania on Sunday

A number of planned fires will be undertaken by Sustainable Timber Tasmania on Sunday. Source: The Advocate A Sustainable Timber Tasmania spokesperson said statewide burns would improve the safety of the community production forests and other identified high priority areas. The spokes
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New logging truckies snapped up

One of the most popular learning tools on New Zealand’s Eastern Institute of Technology (EIT) campus at the moment is the institute’s new logging truck, which is enabling students to get real-time experience in the forests and on difficult forestry roads. Source: Gisborne Herald Comme
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NZ forest owner fined for contravening Resource Management Act

Forest owner Whitikau Holdings Ltd was fined NZ$57,000 after pleading guilty to five charges of contravening the Resource Management Act. The fines relate to a pine forest south-east of Ōpōtiki. Source: Stuff NZ District Court and Environmental Judge Melanie Harland said the actions o
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OFO kick starts NGT Foundation

Launching the “NGT Foundation” is a major step towards securing the future of Nature Glenelg Trust’s reserves in the Green Triangle region. Source: Timberbiz Since the Nature Glenelg Trust began in January 2012, the organisation has secured three strategically located reserves in the
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Exporting a rare tree-t to Canada

A Wollemi Pine, one of the world’s oldest and rarest tree species, was today bequeathed to the Canadian people as a gift to mark 150 years since the Canadian Confederation in 1867. Source: Timberbiz The Wollemi Pine was thought to be extinct, until it was rediscovered in NSW in 1994,
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The Pulp & Paper Industry Overview & Outlook – Seventeen22

Australia’s consumption of paper and paperboard will fall over the five years to 2022, according to the latest analysis and forecasts by pulp and paper industry market experts IndustryEdge. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz Some sectors – like tissue and packaging – are growing quite
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