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Thailand achieves PEFC endorsement

Thailand has become the latest country to achieve PEFC endorsement of its national forest certification system. The newly endorsed system will allow Thai forest owners and managers to demonstrate their sustainable forest management practices in line with global standards and requireme
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Metsa paper and packaging centre for Finland

Metsä Board – part of the Metsa Group will establish a Paperboard and Packaging Excellence Centre in Äänekoski, Finland. The new centre will combine packaging design and R&D excellence under the same roof to be able to boost the development of new paperboard and packaging solution
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SkogsElmia 2019

When the Nordic region’s biggest forestry fair SkogsElmia finished for 2019 there was a positive mood among exhibitors and visitors. The theme of this year’s fair was the forest ownership of the future. More than 300 exhibitors from 21 countries assembled and a total of 20,438 visitor
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Drone trials for forestry reduction burning

The Forestry Corporation of NSW has been trialling drones for aerial ignition to better understand how this emerging technology can support a safe and effective hazard reduction burning program. Recent trials in Benandarah State Forest, north of Batemans Bay, have shown drones can eff
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Tasmanian Export Awards nominations open

The 2019 Tasmanian Export Awards program is open and acknowledged as one of the state’s prestigious industry awards. The awards recognise excellence in the export of goods and services by Tasmanian enterprises and acknowledges the important contributions made to the local econom
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Certification bodies invited to participate in PEFC revisions

Stakeholders are invited to give feedback on the revised Certification Body Requirements standard to ensure it meets the needs and expectations of the industry. Two webinars will be used to provide information for the feedback, one has already occurred in early June but the second is
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Rail hub potentially takes 200,000 tonnes of logs

A potential rail hub near Dannevirke on the North Island of New Zealand, could take 200,000 tonnes of logs off the regions roads according to KiwiRail Deputy Chief Executive Todd Moyle. Source: Timberbiz As part of a broader investment package across Hawkes Bay, Parliamentary Under-Se
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It’s time to dismantle construction industry silos

David Chandler, Adjunct Professor, Western Sydney University and Principal of CE Advisory will deliver a keynote address at the Frame Australia Conference in Melbourne which is on from 17-18 June, where he will discuss the possible scenarios that may define the Australian construction
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Australia’s hardwood chip exports in the spotlight

The ongoing trade dispute between the US and China could potentially damage Australian hardwood woodchip exports to China, a forestry expert has warned. Rudolf van Rensburg, from Margules Groome Consulting, said Australia’s large volume of hardwood chip exports to China could be affec
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Forestry’s Ronald Adams awarded Order of Australia

The inaugural chairman of Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA), Ronald Adams, has been recognised with an Order of Australia on the Queen’s Birthday 2019 Honours List for his career-long contributions to benefiting Australia’s forestry and wood sector as well as the communi
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