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Nine million seedlings won’t add to softwood plantings

New South Wales’ biggest producer of pine trees says there is no plan as yet to increase softwood plantings. Source: ABC News The Tumut Shire Council says there is an urgent need to put more trees in the ground to ensure supply for massive investments in local mills, including V
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International forestry boards has vision for Tasmania

The head of Australia’s largest forestry investment company is upbeat about his sector. Ten years after founding New Forests, chief executive David Brand hosted a visit of the international board of Forest Trends to Tasmania, to show the reasons for his confident outlook. Source
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Safety is good business

Ann Sherry AO, Chair of Safe Work Australia and National Safe Work Month Ambassador is urging businesses to make health and safety a priority and conduct a risk assessment during the third week of 2015 National Safe Work Month. Source: Timberbiz “National Safe Work Month is all about
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Timber transforming the concept of “daggy dongas”

The mindset that prefabricated buildings are only “daggy dongas” is changing and timber products are playing a key role in the acceptance of entire buildings or significant parts being manufactured in advance and then installed or assembled on site. Source: Timberbiz Off-site construc
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Forestry responsibility still in limbo

The Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) has called on the Government to urgently resolve responsibilities for the carriage of the different sectors contained within the Government’s Agriculture and Water Resources portfolio. Source: Timberbiz “It is now four weeks since the
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UK with tall and plentiful timber

Timber! That cry is being heard a lot more around Britain these days, as the wood processing industry is experiencing a huge growth in production, largely thanks to trees planted decades ago that are finally reaching maturity. Source: The Independent UK The UK is reaping the rewards o
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WA ticks more boxes with FSC

Most supermarket products are covered in little symbols, brands, ticks and crosses. They can mean something is Australian-made, Heart Foundation-certified, “against animal testing” or “cruelty-free”.  Source: WA Today “Lots – even most – products we buy a
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Timberlink fire shuts Marlborough Airport

Timberlink is investigating the cause of a sawmill fire that shut down Marlborough Airport in New Zealand. Sources: The Marlborough Express, Stuff.co.nz Marlborough Airport was closed for three hours as its fire crew helped tackle a fire at the nearby Timberlink New Zealand sawmill si
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Forestry consultant calls for native harvest exemption

A private forestry consultant says a state government measure to streamline red tape around the harvest of trees has had the opposite effect, and is proving costly and time-consuming for landholders. Source: ABC Rural The Newman Government introduced the Protected Plants Flora Survey 
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NZ woodwork students out of pine

Manawatu students in New Zealand are being encouraged to use alternative forestry species for furniture and not just relying on pine in a competition to produce the best woodwork. Source: Stuff.co.nz The project would add value to wood grown by many smaller foresters, said Bulls farm
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