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Portland’s new airport project attracts the tradies

When Carpenters Local 1503 member William Smith got a chance to work reconstructing the Portland International Airport’s main terminal in Oregon USA, he left another job to take it. That’s because of the project’s centre piece: A mass timber roof made from Oregon-sourced wood. Sources
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SilvaStat360 Virtual Mill

Since rolling out the SilvaStat360 interactive digital platform in 2017, Forest2Market has continued to develop a series of innovative and analytical solutions for participants in the global forest value chain. Source: Forest2Market Its newest interactive visualization includes a Virt
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Ponsse sells its Russian subsidiary

On 28 June 2022 Ponsse sold all shares in OOO Ponsse, its subsidiary that provided services in Russia and Belarus. Ponsse signed the deed of sale, according to which Ponsse’s operations in Russia will transfer to OOO Bison once the conditions of the transaction have been met. Source:
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Partnership for safety management and land care skills in WA

A collaboration involving Responsible Wood certificate holders PF Olsen and Wespine Industries has partnered with the Leschenault Catchment Council (LCC) south of Perth to further expand a project focused on safety management and training in land care-specific skills. Source: Timberbi
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Prickly problem for Murray Region forests

The Softwoods Working Group and The Murray Region Forestry Hub is seeking substantial funding to support research into finding an effective biological control for blackberries not just in the hub’s area, but across eastern Australia where they are a massive problem. Source: Timberbiz
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NZ Fed Farmers’ maths doesn’t add up says Forest Owners

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says Federated Farmers have got their sums wrong on the rate of forest planting and don’t understand the law on overseas investment either. Source: Timberbiz FOA is responding to claims made by Federated Farmers to Parliament’s Finance and Expen
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WA’s ‘gold standard of transparency’ gets lost in the forest

Western Australia’s Opposition has slammed the McGowan Government for refusing to provide details around terms for paying $200,000 of taxpayers’ money to the Australian Workers Union. Source: Timberbiz Shadow Forestry Minister Steve Martin said the recent Auditor-General report outlin
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Forestry Corp responds to recent penalties in Dampier and South Brooman

Forestry Corporation regrets that it made an error during operations in Dampier State Forest 2019 and removed trees from an area that should have been protected around a disused mineshaft. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Corporation carries out pre-harvest surveys and searches and marks al
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Opinion: Gavin Butcher – Fact-checking the six excuses of Dave Kelly

Dave Kelly, WA’s Minister for Forestry, has come up with a grab-bag of reasons to explain his decision to abandon an industry he is meant to champion. Each of his reasons come straight from the green activists’ playbook, rather than from scientists and the industry. CLAIM 1. Native fo
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Friday analysis: the clash of cultures in current fire management

Extreme fire weather days have increased in Australia by 56% over the last four decades, according to new research from an international team of scientists, including CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency. The results, published today, shows that the fire season length across Aus
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