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Burn off in Beecher State Forest

A planned burn-off is due to take place in the Beecher State Forest area over the next few days. Source: Gladstone Observer The Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service is set to conduct the burn-off until Friday, according to a QPWS statement. The fire may be called off if weather condi
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Planet Ark reports on calm benefits of wood

A new report shows significant health and wellbeing benefits can be had by incorporating wood in interior design and the construction of buildings according to a new report by Planet Ark. Source: Timberbiz The use of wood, especially in conjunction with the principles of ‘nature conne
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Legislation to stop dumpers

Forest managers in South Australia’s south-east are hopeful new legislative powers to help the public dob in litterbugs may help combat the problem of illegal dumping in forests.  Source: ABC News This month, the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) launched its Dob in a Lit
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Toxic Kopper site approved for housing 

A former timber treatment site in Bungendore has been approved for residential development despite it being contaminated with cancer causing substances. Source: The Canberra Times Despite the contamination, it has been 11 years since the Environment Protection Authority tested the sit
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Fumigation risk to health

Exposure to a gas being used on an industrial scale at Port of Tauranga doubles the risk of contracting motor neurone disease, new research has found. Source: New Zealand Herald The revelation comes days before a public meeting will air concerns that using the methyl bromide gas to fu
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VicForests fires back at fire management

An opinion piece in The Age (13/11/2017) ‘Mature trees at the root of forest fire management’ re-hashes claims that timber harvesting increases risk during a major bushfire. Source: Timberbiz A study undertaken by the University of Melbourne (Attiwill et al, 2013), in conjunction with
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Pine clearing in Canberra

Almost 14 years on from the worst bushfires in the ACT’s history, pine clearing is under way in an effort to prevent such devastation ever happening again. Source: ABC News The inquiry into the 2003 fires found more should have been done to reduce fuel loads around Canberra, inc
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VicForests donates timber to local community group

VicForests has donated Ash and Acacia timber to the Eildon and District Woodworkers Guild/Alexandra Community Shed to support their local woodcraft activities. Source: Timberbiz The Eildon and District Woodworkers Guild are a community group in Alexandra that are part of the Australia
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Safety Summit program released

Forest Industry Safety Summit 2017 programs for Rotorua and Melbourne have been released. Source: Timberbiz The last Safety Summit, held back in 2015, attracted more than 500 forestry representatives and we are very excited about another strong program for 2017. “The forest indu
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Large fire at NZ Timber Packaging

A large blaze at a timber processing plant in Taupō, New Zealand in the central North Island, has destroyed crucial machinery. Source: Radio NZ Firefighters were called to the plant, owned by New Zealand Timber Packaging, in an industrial area of the suburb of Tauhara, about 8.30pm. F
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