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FSC extends transition period for national standards

The coronavirus pandemic has been an obstacle for certification bodies that cannot conduct audits as usual. It also makes it difficult for certificate holders to adjust their operational systems to conform with the requirements of new normative documents. Source: Timberbiz To support
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DesignBUILD event postponed to 2021

The decision has been made to postpone DesignBUILD until 2021 with the next edition of the event now due to take place from 11 to 13 May 2021, in Sydney at the ICC Sydney. The organisers believe that in postponing the 2020 exhibition, they can deliver a much more collaborative and ded
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Softwood Working Group adds voice to chorus on unacceptable fuel loads in forests

The Softwoods Working Group is joining a growing chorus of voices telling the Bushfire Royal Commission that fuel loads in public and private forests last summer were at an “unacceptable” level and had been allowed to build up, “making fire prevention almost impossible.” Source: Tumut
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State of plant biosecurity in Australia

The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2019 was released by Plant Health Australia (PHA), bringing together contributions from more than 100 government, industry and research organisations. Source: Timberbiz PHA publishes the report annually to provide a comprehensive overvi
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3.3 million pine and 1 million karri seedlings to be planted

It is all hands-on deck at the West Manjimup Nursery in Western Australia. Forest Products Commission (FPC) staff and a team of casuals have started dispatching seedlings for the 2020 planting season. Source: Timberbiz The first load of pine seedlings left the nursery in mid June and
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Federal Government to invest $190m in paper and board recycling

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has welcomed the announcement by the Federal Government that it will invest in Australia’s waste and recycling capacity and help enable more wastepaper and cardboard to be recycled domestically. Source: Timberbiz The Morrison Governmen
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FSC International flow-on financial effects of COVID-19

In the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic, FSC International has expressed concern regarding the financial risks posed by continuing extended shutdowns across the 90 plus countries using FSC for certification. Source: Timberbiz The financial risks to FSC stem from: The global nature of the
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Wood Encouragement Policy in action in Gympie

Goomboorian is a rural locality 20km north-east of Gympie. Bordering Goomboorian’s east is the Great Sandy National Park home to hiking trails and the last known coastal emu. For many residents and motorists alike, the Stephan Road Bridge has been a popular staple with generations of 
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Tassie Greens out on a limb locking native forestry

The Tasmanian Greens have again got it wrong, calling for the locking up of native forest that is sustainably managed for multiple benefits, according to the Australian Forest Products Association. Source: Timberbiz The Mercury in Hobart reported that the Federal Government’s State an
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ForestrySA’s re-establishment planting in Mount Lofty region

ForestrySA’s 2020 re-establishment program will see 360,000 pine seedlings planted this winter, as part of an ongoing commitment to the sustainable management of the plantation resource. As the manager of more than 10,700ha of commercial pine forest in the Mount Lofty Ranges, Forestry
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