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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

America First is making Canada rich

Donald Trump’s policy on trade since becoming president has been all about putting “America First” but in one corner of the commodity world, his actions are having the opposite effect. Source: Bloomberg In a move intended to protect the domestic lumber industry, the US slapped duties
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Timber biofuels need government incentives

With a number of coal-fired power stations tipped to close over the next decade, the Queensland timber industry says it could help alleviate any energy shortages by producing green fuel from its waste but is being held back by a lack of government incentives. Source: ABC Rural About o
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Lower environmental standards for forestry

Environment Southland, New Zealand has expressed concern that forestry operators will be allowed to operate at lower environmental standards than others, under new government rules. Source: The Southland Times A report to an Environment Southland meeting says a national environmental
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Dr Payn takes Chair of Sustainable Forestry NZ

Scion’s Dr Tim Payn, is the first Chair of Sustainable Forestry for the Bay of Plenty and South Waikato regions. Source: Timberbiz This new role is the product of a forestry science and education partnership in the central North Island between Scion and Toi Ohomai Institute of Technol
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NZ goes to polls, who stands behind forestry

New Zealand elections always bring together some novel alliances. The 2017 Election to be held on 23 September is no exception on this front for WPMA. Source: Timberbiz For this general election the Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association of New Zealand (WPMA) has worked up an a
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Waiting for Turnbull’s timber promise to materialise

Local timber workers are waiting at the ready to deliver Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s vision for a stronger timber industry, according to Deniliquin’s Gulpa Sawmill owner Ben Danckert. Source: Deniliquin Pastoral Times Mr Danckert, who is chair of The Nationals’ Red Gum branch, s
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Wood to buy Mirboo state forest

A South Gippsland landowner has offered to buy state forest to prevent the timber being harvested by Victorian Government owned logging company VicForests. Source: ABC News Jon Wood runs beef cattle on the edge of the intended harvest area at Mirboo North in eastern Victoria, and said
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Heyfield bought for $40m

Taxpayers are forking out at least $40 million to buy the beleaguered Heyfield timber mill in Gippsland, with the existing management becoming a shareholder along with the Victorian Government. Source: ABC News The Government has finally signed a deal to buy the business, after Premie
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Tasmania’s pulpwood plantation get the chop for $60m

A deal to sell Tasmania’s 29,000ha of pulpwood plantations for $60.7 million has been described as a strong outcome by the State Government — and a “fire sale” and “rip-off” by opponents. Sources: The Mercury, ABC News Questions have also been raised about the company, which Parliamen
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