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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Tree planting with drones already in Australia

Along with taking lives and causing millions of dollars in property damage, the wildfires in California are scorching the land in another way: Millions of trees are being destroyed. Source: CBS News The blazes have charred more than 770,000 acres in the state alone, as fires around th
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Logging without consent in Solomon Islands

A landowner group in Temotu province of Solomon islands says logging is underway on their land without consent. Source: Radio New Zealand According to locals on Temotu’s largest island Nende there are three logging camps in operation there without the required permits. The loggi
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Smartphone app to predict log drying

A new smartphone app has been developed to predict the moisture content of log piles undergoing infield drying. Inputs in the preliminary version of the app include log type, tree species, location and season. Source: Timberbiz Future development will include more specific weather inf
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Trainee of the Year for Northland NZ

Michelle Harrison takes health and safety in the forestry industry very seriously. The 35-year-old, who won Trainee of the Year at this year’s Northland Forestry Awards, also looks out for kiwi during log harvesting. Sources: The Northern Advocate, New Zealand Herald She lives i
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Computer calculated forestry yields

What if forestry yield estimates could be calculated sitting in front of a computer using Virtual Reality (VR) technology, rather than going out into the field? Source: Timberbiz A FWPA funded project looking into exactly that has recently been profiled in the Brazilian forestry publi
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Protecting the timber industry and Koalas

As senior manager at the Forestry Corporation, Mr Dean Kearney manages logging and timber harvesting for native forests and eucalyptus plantations across New South Wales. Source: ABC News The organisation has come under criticism from former Labor environment minister Bob Debus and en
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Northern Iwi want more investment in timber

New Zealand’s northern iwi welcome a call to re-establish a Forestry Service, saying more investment should be put into processing the wood. Source: Radio New Zealand Winston Peters has revealed one of New Zealand First’s priorities for coalition talks is the future of forestry,
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Business model for boosting wood stocks using farms

Researchers funded by timber companies and the Federal Government plan to create new business models to boost Australia’s wood stocks, using farmland. Source: The Weekly Times But the sector’s chequered history with investment models, and lack of clear government policy means gaining
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Barrabup Forest assessment sparks further debate

WA Environment Minister Stephen Dawson said the release of the Barrabup Forest assessment report marked the end of the review process, despite concerns warning against the new procedure used to identify old growth. Source: Busselton Mail Documents, requested by South West MP Diane Eve
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