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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

US wants quick deal with Canada, but not likely

Canada’s envoy to Washington says President Donald Trump’s administration is interested in a quick deal to end a softwood lumber dispute although Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government sees no imminent agreement. Source: Bloomberg Ambassador David MacNaughton said US Commerce Secr
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Pumping the forest with CO2

Researchers at a British University have embarked on a decade-long experiment that will pump a forest full of carbon dioxide to measure how it copes with rising levels of the gas – a key driver of climate change. Source: Reuters The Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE) expe
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WorkSafe NZ tells farmer to get professionals to harvest wood

WorkSafe New Zealand says many of the woodlots on farmland were planted on steep ground which made harvesting these trees highly dangerous. Source: Stuff NZ Woodlots can be dangerous territory for farmers who are better to bring in the professionals when they want them harvested safel
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Co-firing renewable wood waste

Australia is ideally placed to significantly reduce emissions from our coal-fired power stations by co-firing them with renewable wood waste. Source: Timberbiz Reports in Fairfax newspapers that the Clean Energy Finance Corporation (CEFC) is advocating for the potential of co-firing r
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NZ structural log prices hit the highs

New Zealand structural log prices have hit their highest level in more than two decades as local mills compete with the export market to secure supply to meet demand from the domestic market. Source: NBR The price for structural S1 logs lifted to NZ$124 a tonne this month from NZ $123
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J-Frame questioned on labelling of LVL

A popular brand of timber product used to build Kiwi homes doesn’t meet the strict rules put in place in response to the leaky homes crisis. Source: TVNZ That’s prompted urgent action from government officials. The Commerce Commission has ruled J-Frame is not everything it
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OneFortyOne Plantations profits well from SA forest

The company that bought South Australia’s forests five years ago for a price criticised as too cheap is making four times the profits generated under government management. Source: The Herald Sun Then treasurer Jack Snelling oversaw the controversial sale of Forestry SA to OneFortyOne
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Burnie Council hosts forum for forestry

The Burnie council in Tasmania recently hosted a forum with key stakeholders in the private forests sector, to get a greater understanding of the current issues and opportunities for future growth for the industry. Source: The Advocate With a large proportion of land in the Burnie mun
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VicForests say it would make up shortfall at ASH

VicForests was willing to look at making up a shortfall in timber supply to the Australian Sustainable Hardwoods mill in Heyfield. The claim came after the mill’s owner, the Hermal Group, last week announced it would bring forward its closure blaming an expected shortage of timb
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