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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Almost 126,000 employed in renewable energy UK

The UK’s renewable energy industry, including heat, power and transport, employed a record 125,940 people in 2015/16, according to a new report. Source: Bioenergy News The report is called REView 2017 and is the sector’s  annual publication. The number of jobs grew by 2.5% between 201
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Supersized firefighter

The Global SuperTanker – the largest, fastest, and most technologically advanced aerial firefighter in the world – has received interim approval from the US Interagency Airtanker Board (IAB) to fight fires in the United States. Source: Timberbiz The 17-month approval is si
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FWPA Grower Research Advisory Committee

Following the restructured engagement process, FWPA has embedded a new grower-focused voluntary matching program within its operations, off the back of extensive industry consultation. Source: Timberbiz Over the last 18 months, a number of major growers have worked together to fund a
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Firefighters wanted by NSW Forestry Corp

In the wake of one of the Hunter’s worst fire seasons on record, the call has gone out for seasonal firefighters to help bolster local firefighting ranks during the coming summer months. Source: Maitland Mercury NSW Forestry Corporation is advertising locally for firefighters in
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Celebrating the return of traditional burning

Minister for Energy, Environment and Climate Change Lily D’Ambrosio joined Aboriginal Elders from the Dja Dja Wurrung community to hold a ceremony celebrating the historic return of traditional burning to their lands. Source: Timberbiz This year two traditional burns — thought to be t
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Practical sawmilling workshops key to WoodTECH 2017

Two years ago – over two weeks – the FIEA WoodTECH technology series achieved a record turnout of local sawmilling companies.  Over 350 delegates attended. Source: Timberbiz All major sawmilling companies in addition to leading tech providers from throughout Australasia, North America
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Regrowing Victoria’s State forests

Every year hundreds of millions of eucalyptus seeds are spread across Victoria’s State forests. The seeds are used to regrow areas that have been harvested to supply wood to Victoria’s timber industry. Source: Timberbiz Lachlan Spencer, VicForests General Manager Stakeholders and Plan
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Mechanical fuel load reduction trials power ahead

Mechanical elements of a trial aimed at improving forest management and reducing bushfire risks are nearing completion, with researchers now preparing for prescribed burns later this year. Source: Timberbiz The $1.5 million Mechanical Fuel Load Reduction Trials, funded by the Australi
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Strong demand for tradies in East Coast cities

According to HIA Principal Economist, Tim Reardon even a slow-down in building activity has not yet led to an oversupply of tradies in the building industry, particularly in east coast capital cities. Source: Timberbiz The HIA Trades Report provides a quarterly review of the availabil
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