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Americans on a roll

The voracious use of toilet paper in the United States, with the average American using almost three rolls each week and major manufacturers spurning alternative fibres, is destroying Canada’s forests and causing widespread environmental damage, according to a report from two internat
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John Deere Forestry swings into production of 5000th machine

John Deere commemorated the production of its 5000 Forestry Swing Machine, a 2656G Log Loader, with a special ceremony at the John Deere-Hitachi Specialty Products (DHSP) factory. Held at the end of January, John Deere invited the customer who purchased the milestone unit, Bighorn Log
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Unpalatable outcome post Brexit for UK

The UK government is holding talks with distributors after realising that the UK has a dire shortage of the “right sort” of pallets to import and export goods in the event of a no-deal Brexit. The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will hold meetings with distr
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Gary Blackwood MP reviews forestry with VAFI

In a recent newsletter of the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (VAFI) its chief Executive Officer Tim Johnston said that since the state election in late November, the association had continued in its attempts to engage with the Victorian Government. In this latest edition V
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Protecting hardwood plantations wins in science and innovation awards

Fourteen winning projects were part of the Government’s Science and Innovation Awards one of these was James Kondilios’ project on geonomically adjusted seed provenancing to protect hardwood eucalyptus plantations in the face of imminent climate change. He won the Forest & W
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New Zealanders keen for joint standards with Australia on certification

Fresh from returning to Australia after meetings in Wellington, Napier, Gisborne and Auckland, Simon Dorries, Responsible Wood CEO said he has been ‘blown away’ by the response of New Zealanders towards developing a new Trans-Tasman forestry standard. Responsible Wood is working with
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Boral exploring bio-refinery using sawmill residues

Manufacturing giant Boral is pressing ahead with research into creating a bio-refinery in New South Wales using its hardwood sawmill residues. The $1.2 million feasibility study aims to determine the technical and financial viability of building a second-generation bio-refinery that w
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ABARES report says 490,000 hectares of new plantations needed

A new report exploring the long-term potential of establishing new timber plantations in Australia suggests up to 490,000 hectares of new softwood plantations would be required by 2050 to meet demand of softwood sawlogs. The Economic potential for new plantation establishment in Austr
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NSW invests almost $40m in forestry with AFCA to benefit

New South Wales Government Minister for Forestry Paul Toole announced that the Government is investing almost $40 million to support innovation and training for NSW’s forestry industry and has allocated $4.6 million to support the development of a training and certification scheme for
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Meet the Lumberjills of WW2

When war was declared in 1939, Britain was almost completely dependent on imported timber but only had seven months of it stockpiled. Timber was critical to the war effort: it was needed for everything from aircraft and shipbuilding to communications and coal mining. The British timbe
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