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Nova Scotia turns to Finland for woodlot lessons

When Harold Alexander walks through the woods in Digby County, he sees untapped potential. The veteran forester has managed woodlots in this area for more than 35 years with an eye on the future. Source: CBC Canada But it’s his concerns today about the state of the industry that
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India maps suitable timber species

The Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI), Mettupalayam in India, has begun preparing an in-depth map of suitable timber species for various agro-climatic zones in Tamil Nadu. Source: Times of India The map, which is expected to be completed in two months, will help timber farm
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Whroo state forest in a tangle

An urgent review into the state government’s track-blocking policy has been ordered by the environment minister after a department deliberately tore down trees in protected crown land. Source: Bendigo Advertiser Hundreds of trees were recently destroyed in Whroo state forest by the De
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Lights go out on Masters

Across the country the Masters signs are down, the lights are out and the front doors have closed on the failed retailer’s barn-like sheds, but their new owner is busy negotiating the next chapter. Source: Sydney Morning Herald Home Consortium, which surprised bigger property pl
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Students work to recycle leftover timber

A Mowbray business is using the creativity of UTAS students to look at new ways of recycling its leftover timber resources. Source: The Examiner For the past two weeks a group of Bachelor of Environmental Design students have been developing a use for high feature grade timber current
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Big River in Brisbane airport

As Queensland’s capital city and a popular holiday destination for both interstate and international travellers, Brisbane enjoys frequent visitors and with the increase through the Brisbane Domestic Airport, an upgrade of the Southern Concourse terminal was needed. Source: Timberbiz “
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Prime position to take over sawmill

The search is on for someone to fire up the former Prime Sawmill and fill up to 50 new jobs. As part of Eastland Community Trust’s $12.1 million plan to reactivate the former Prime Sawmill site, ECT says it is launching a national marketing campaign to find an operator for the mill. S
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Chickens in a flap over Heyfield

Chicken farmers across Victoria fear the cost of producing chicken meat will escalate if Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ timber mill closes at Heyfield. Source: Weekly Times As a byproduct of timber processing, sawdust and wood shavings from the mill are the major source of bedding
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Great Forest Park could create jobs

The creation of a long-mooted national park on Melbourne’s fringe could create hundreds of jobs by turning the area into an eco-tourism centre, an analysis has found. Source: The Age Commissioned by environment groups, the report by consultants the Nous Group estimates the propo
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Great Forest National Park numbers don’t add up

The peak body for the forest, fibre and wood products industry, the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) says the establishment of the proposed Great Forest National Park (GFNP) would have negative consequences, not only for the industry, but socially and economically for
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