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Sodra launches Liquid Forest bioproducts range

Swedish forest group Södra has launched Liquid Forest, a range of bioproducts: biomethanol, tall oil and turpentine. The Liquid Forest brand is a concept that offers an opportunity to choose climate-smart products derived from sustainably managed forests from the company’s 53,000 fore
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US drops tariffs for some Canadian wood but lumber dispute continues

The United Steelworkers union (USW) has welcomed the announcement from the US Department of Commerce that tariffs for some Canadian lumber products are being reduced, but the union maintains that solving the softwood lumber dispute must be made a priority in Canada. Source: Timberbiz
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Engineering course to address knowledge for timber architecture

A glance through international and Australian architecture and design publications, both traditional and online, will show the growing use of wood and wood products, in decorative and structural roles. However, independent research has shown that lack of knowledge about designing with
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Harvest and haul study for South Australia

A study to better understand the economic benefits generated by the timber harvest and haulage contractors in the South East of South Australia has been funded by the SA Government.  Source: Timberbiz Minister for Primary Industries and Regional Development David Basham said the contr
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Zindia may leave NZ after court battles to harvest timber in Marlborough

A forestry company barred from harvesting is considering leaving Marlborough after ending a court battle. Zindia Limited was stopped from processing its block in the Queen Charlotte Sound after the Marlborough District Council issued a cease-and-desist notice, saying it breached its r
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FWCA lodges complaint with Press Council about timber story

Forest & Wood Communities Australia has lodged a complaint with the Australian Press Council following a story on the timber industry published in The Monthly. It has also complained directly to the editor and provided a detailed critique to outline dozens of issues with the work
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New $1m fire spotting tech for Limestone Coast

New fire detection technology and the upgrade of fire-spotting towers across the Limestone Coast forestry estate will be funded as part of a $1.1m State Government investment. Source: The Border Watch The investment will see the fire-tower network staffed, as well as the continuation
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Opinion: Mike Fox – our Kiwi talent goes to Australia, a loss for the building industry

With all the talk of the much-hoped-for Trans-Tasman bubble and the benefits it would bring to the tourism sector and our economy in general, you’d think it could only be positive. However, when the eventual euphoria of getting easier access to Australia turns into reality, and in par
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Friday analysis: Plenty of work ahead with new hubs, AFCA and misleading media

Simon Gatt and his team at the new Gippsland Forest Industries Hub have a big job ahead of them. The new hub is one of 12 Regional Forestry Hubs announced by the Prime Minister Scott Morrison in February last year. Source: Bruce Mitchell The others are in Tasmania, Western Australia,
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Which forests are better at storing carbon

An international team led by the University of Geneva (UNIGE) has studied which types of forest, in terms of biodiversity, are the most effective in storing carbon. Inventory data from natural forests on five continents show that species diversity is optimal for equatorial and tropica
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