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Annual pre fire season tests already underway in NSW

Local Forestry Corporation of NSW staff have completed the first stage of their annual fire season preparations, passing tests set to determine if they have the fitness needed for firefighting conditions. Source: Timberbiz Many Forestry Corporation staff are trained as firefighters an
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Opinion: Vic Jurskis on a Burning Conversation

A few years ago, a comment of mine was apparently censored by one of many academics whose opinions are freely promoted in The (one-sided) Conversation. So, I no longer bother trying to engage in that medium. But a colleague sent me a link last week which was a red rag that trapped thi
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Friday analysis: Fire ready and under fire before the season even starts

It probably seems a little incongruous that fire brigades are getting ready in July for the bushfire “season” some five or so months away. It’s a regular exercise. Organisations such as the Forestry Corporation of NSW each year put their firefighters through fitness tests to ensure th
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Softwood Working Group adds voice to chorus on unacceptable fuel loads in forests

The Softwoods Working Group is joining a growing chorus of voices telling the Bushfire Royal Commission that fuel loads in public and private forests last summer were at an “unacceptable” level and had been allowed to build up, “making fire prevention almost impossible.” Source: Tumut
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State of plant biosecurity in Australia

The National Plant Biosecurity Status Report for 2019 was released by Plant Health Australia (PHA), bringing together contributions from more than 100 government, industry and research organisations. Source: Timberbiz PHA publishes the report annually to provide a comprehensive overvi
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Opinion: Mark Poynter – Academics should stick to their fields of expertise

Unfortunately, those who work in the native forestry sector have become all-too familiar with ‘academic credibility’ being mobilised as an existential threat against them. The latest example is the determination of a cohort of crusading ecologists, aided by unquestioning and supportiv
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ForestFit training program pilot – expressions of interest

Expressions of interest are being sought for a ForestFit training program pilot in NSW. The NSW Government, in partnership with the forest industry and the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA), committed funding to support the development of ForestFit which is developing t
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ABARES report on challenges for forestry and wood processors

An easing in residential construction and increased export uncertainty loom as major challenges for forestry and wood processors in the wake of summer’s bushfires and COVID-19, according to an ABARES Insights report released yesterday. Source: Timberbiz The analysis of effects of bush
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Gippsland gains additional support for recovery

Gippsland’s timber industry will benefit from additional support as it recovers from the 2019-20 bushfires, according to the Member for Gippsland Darren Chester. Mr Chester said the industry had been one of the hardest hit over summer and the measures would provide critical support to
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Friday Analysis: Victorian forestry fighting back

There are signs the timber industry is getting organized for a fight in Victoria. Well, better organized. The Australian Forest Products Association started the ball rolling some time ago working at times with joint media releases with the Victorian Association of Forest Industries (V
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