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Best practices, best science could stop forest fires

The recent horrific Californian wildfires were caused by years of neglect in forest management that created dead and dying timber, according to a leading US Government official. The Secretary of the US Department of the Interior, Ryan Zinke, a former Navy seal who fought in Iraq, said
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Building for bushfires and minimizing risk

Designing to ‘build out’ bushfires by minimising the risk of ember, radiant heat and flame damage means timber homes can safely be built, even in bushfire-prone areas (BPA). With fire authorities predicting an increasing bushfire threat in Australia, building with fire in mind has bec
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Despite rising bushfire threat — build safely with wood

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) expects to reach about 2.5 million people with its current campaign, which targets consumers in Bushfire-Prone Areas (BPAs) to improve their product knowledge and understanding of building safely with wood. Source: Timberbiz Designing to ‘buil
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Scion’s fire research now accessible

All of Scion’s rural fire research is now in one easy-to-find place with a new website initiated by Scion’s Rural Fire Research Team to make their work more accessible. Source: Timberbiz This new website will aid the rural fire fighting community in New Zealand, as well as their wide
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Glyphosate is still safe and essential for forestry

Following last night’s 4 Corners report titled ‘The Monsanto Papers’, it is important to reiterate the definitive science which highlights glyphosate as safe while being essential for Australia’s sustainable and renewable forest industries. Source: Timberbiz “The level of scrutiny gly
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Improvements on the cards for industry statistics

Forest & Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is developing opportunities to improve the way industry statistics are collected in a number of key areas, such as safety. Source: Timberbiz A specific data-sharing portal has been established for the aggregation of safety data and FWPA is p
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Australia’s forest industries are Safe and Skilled

Businesses of all sizes across Australia’s forest industries have joined together in a united approach to lift safety standards across the board. Source: Timberbiz Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) Chair Greg McCormack, said the Safe and Skilled program demonstrated that A
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The robots are coming!

Robots are likely to have a bigger role in timber processing as they take over work that is dirty, dangerous or difficult. By Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz That was a key message of Troy Krogh, regional director of Scott Automation & Robotics, to the WoodTech conference in Melbourn
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Glyphosate is a safe and essential product for forestry

In the wake of a US court ruling on glyphosate, it’s important to reiterate the definitive science which highlights the product as safe while being essential for Australia’s sustainable and renewable forest industries according to chief executive officer of the Australian Forest Produ
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TAC members sought for new training package projects 

The Australian Industry and Skills Committee (AISC) has approved two new projects for the Timber and Wood Processing Industry Reference Committee (IRC) to review and update units of competency and qualifications. Source: Timberbiz These are: Advances in Wood machining and Sawdoctoring
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