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RFAs and biodiversity go hand-in-hand

National parks that genuinely promote biodiversity are the best way to guarantee the future of the timber industry under the New South Wales regional forest agreements (RFAs). Traditional Aboriginal forest burning should play a key role in managing the forests. Source: Philip Hopkins
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Kangaroo Island coastal modelling at Smith Bay

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers has received the initial results of coastal process modelling at Smith Bay, the site of the proposed KI Seaport. Source: KIPT and Timberbiz The initial modelling, by the coastal process modeller Dr Ian Teakle, addressed the primary and secondary effe
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OSB imports continue to rise

Australia’s consumption of sheathing material, especially Oriented Strandboard has grown strongly in recent years, faster in fact than the rate of housing growth would suggest. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz Over the last year, imports of OSB rose almost 50% and for the year-ended
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Tigercat 1185 Harvester to make Oz debut

Tigercat’s latest harvester, the eight-wheeled 1185, is scheduled to be demonstrated in Tumut/Tumbarumba on May 16. The 1185 made its debut at Elmia in June and now it’s ready for its Oz debut. Source: Timberbiz Anyone can register their interest to attend the demo by cont
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Hyne upgrades Tuan Mill

Hyne Timber is currently upgrading key saw line components at its Tuan Mill in Queensland, to increase structural timber production volumes and process efficiencies. Source: Timberbiz This major undertaking and significant investment comes as Australia continues to experience very hig
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Log exports above 5 million m3 per year

Australia’s log exports remained above 5 million m3 per annum for the second successive month in February, with exports totalling a new record 5.067 million m3. Source: IndustryEdge and Timberbiz Softwood log exports continued to dominate, totalling 4.914 million m3 for the year and a
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Trees are not the enemy of Australian farmers

Australia’s peak farming body has backed growing trees on farms, emphasising that “trees are not the enemy of Australian farmers”. Source: Philip Hopkins The president of the National Farmers’ Federation, Fiona Simson, emphasised she wanted to break down the ideological barriers betwe
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South Gippsland votes against timber harvesting

VicForests said that it respected the sentiments of South Gippsland Shire Council, that voted against native timber harvesting in Mirboo North.  “We urge the Council and the community to continue talking with us,” Alex Messina, VicForests General Manager Corporate Affairs said.  “Ther
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Top 5: Market Points from IndustryEdge

9.4% – woodchip exports for the year-ended February 2018, were up 9.4% on the prior year, totalling 6.768 million bone dry metric tonnes 1,951 m3 – Australia’s exports of roughsawn hardwood products in February were valued at AUD2.717 million. Exports from Queensland continue to domin
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AFPA wants young forestry researchers for international innovation award

The Australian Forest Products Association is calling all young researchers in forest-based sciences to put their hands up and apply for the Blue Sky Young Researchers Innovation Award. Source: Timberbiz These are prestigious awards and the winners will be announced in Canada in 2019.
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