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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

China’s ban on logging increases demand for foreign logs

A ban on commercial logging natural forests in China is expected to boost the country’s demand for foreign logs. A logging ban in China’s natural forests will likely increase its demand for foreign logs, but the impact on the Northwest’s timber market is uncertain. Source: Blue Mounta
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Work to do to plant a billion trees in NZ

The forestry industry needs to highlight career and economic opportunities if it is to meet a government proposal to plant a billion trees nationally in the next decade, a Taranaki forestry consultant has said. Source: Stuff NZ Regional Development Minister Shane Jones released an amb
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Timber centre for Maryborough

Maryborough MP Bruce Saunders has proposed a new timber centre to help skill up workers for the region’s timber industry. Source: Fraser Coast Chronicle The centre, which would be a joint project between the State Government and private timber enterprises, would help teach worke
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Moreland wins safety award at OneFortyOne

Harvesting contractor Moreland Holdings was a popular winner at the OneFortyOne Plantations inaugural safety awards taking out a major award for “Group or Company of the Year” for their outstanding commitment to workplace health and safety. Source: Timberbiz Morelands was recognised f
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VicForests replies to court proceedings

An environmental group has issued legal proceedings regarding VicForests operations under the Central Highlands Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). Source: Timberbiz The Central Highlands RFA is a 20-year agreement between the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments to provide effective
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Courting another forest fight

Exemptions allowing logging to occur in Australia’s native forests without approval under federal environmental law are being challenged in court as lawyers claim the agreements creating them are not being adhered to in an area of Victoria. Source: The Guardian The case, brought by En
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Log prices drive harvesting in NZ

High logs prices are being driven by the domestic market and Chinese exports. These logs are stacked for export at the Taranaki port. Source: Stuff NZ Foresters are taking advantage of strong log prices coming from demand for New Zealand logs in China.  Canterbury forestry consultant
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Does North East Alliance have wrong end of the stick

The North East Forest Alliance (NEFA) has described a plan to provide up to one million tonnes of trees each year to generate electricity as sheer madness. Source: The Northern Star The Department of Primary Industries (DPI) released new research indicating forestry “residueR
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Slow down wood supply in New Zealand

A forestry consultant is calling for the New Zealand forest industry to shorten the harvesting period for radiata pine trees to plug a predicted slow-down of wood supply. Source: Radio NZ From planting to chopping down a tree usually takes between 25 to 30 years. Consultant Graham Wes
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