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Opinion Peter Attiwill: Kirkpatrick attack overshadows reality of bushfires

Professor Jamie Kirkpatrick, supported by five co-authors, makes a spirited attack on timber harvesting (Logging has a clear link to bushfires, 8 June). That is unfortunate because it overshadows the very real issue of how we manage our fire-prone landscape. Kirkpatrick attacks a peer
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Forestry welcomes $50m bushfire recovery package

Bushfire-impacted industries will welcome the $50 million bushfire recovery package announced this week by the Federal Government. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the targeted grants would support primary producers hardest hit by the summer bushfires. Source: Timberbiz “This is abo
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Royal Commission hears forestry opinion on bushfire disaster and future management

The Royal Commission into Natural Disaster Arrangements has been told of the devastating impact the Black Summer bushfires had on forest industries around Australia. In its submission to the Royal Commission the Australian Forest Products Association (AFPA) also highlighted the need f
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Opinion: Sean Ruthen on Tall Wood Buildings and the science that makes them

In the history of architecture and construction, there has never been a building material that has had as rough a ride as wood. This is not without reason. It has a limited record of use from ancient history simply because of its inability to withstand the ravages of time. Furthermore
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Friday Analysis: Buy Australian Timber could be difficult in Victoria, not as difficult as being a minister

Some great news for the timber industry in general this week has been tempered by the bad news still coming out of East Gippsland. The Buy Australian Timber First campaign sees a much-welcomed united push from all the big operators – AKD, Boral, Hyne, OneFortyOne, Timberlink and Wespi
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AKD Caboolture fire

AKD has thanked the Queensland Fire and Emergency Services and its Caboolture site employees who helped control the fire at its Caboolture site last week. The fire was contained to the boiler fuel storage shed and AKD confirmed that no one was injured.The cause of the fire is as yet u
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Forestry videos that deal with the real facts – the Greens object

The Greens have demanded the deletion of a Federal Government promotion for the forestry industry that encourages Australians to “look up at the trees, think about wood”. Greens senator Janet Rice says the videos ignored the “scientific reality” of the environmental damage caused by n
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On the spot fines for farm invaders

Victorian farmers have had a small win in the fight against animal activism and illegal farm trespass this week with secret surveillance undertaken by animal activists finally ruled out by the Victorian State Government. Source: Timberbiz The introduction of on the spot fines will be
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Friday analysis: Small wins but wins nevertheless

There seems to have been wins all-round this week for foresters, the building industry, and the Australian Forest Products Association. Starting with the AFPA, it had a big win over the ABC with a complaint of unbalanced reporting and biased coverage being upheld. Source: Bruce Mitche
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Woody biomass conversion unit to help reduce wildfires

The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill (SUNY Cobleskill) has received a US$5.8 million grant from the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) to develop and deploy a mobile woody biomass conversion unit that will c
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