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New Forests joins World Business Council for Sustainable Development

Global forestry investment manager New Forests has joined nearly 200 companies as the newest member of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD). Source: Timberbiz New Forests, headquartered in Sydney, Australia, with offices in Singapore and San Francisco, offers
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Forest Growers NZ announce research award winners

The Forest Growers Research Awards were announced in Tauranga, New Zealand. They have been awarded each year since 2011 to recognise outstanding achievements in forest growing research. Six awards were made in 2018. Source: Timberbiz Research Award for Communication and Sector Engagem
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NZ’s future should be more than logs

A symposium to start a discussion on the future of work in forestry and wood processing has shown New Zealand is sitting on a mountain of untapped opportunity. The problem is, New Zealand is missing out on an incalculable amount of wealth due to exporting commodities as raw materials,
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Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry has announced that David Saathof has been awarded The Prince of Wales Award for Sustainable Forestry in 2018. Source: Timberbiz This award recognises engagement in the principles and practice of sustainable forest management including policy, plan
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NZ Forest Practice Guides launched

The Forest Owners Association launched a series of 28 Forest Practice Guides to help industry and councils by providing standard practice guidance to include in management plans as part of requirements under the NES-PF. Source: Timberbiz The Guides have been developed with support fro
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NZ Iwi to harvest carbon credits from unproductive forests

Whanganui iwi have been offered an opportunity to harvest carbon credits off waste or unproductive land if it becomes permanent forest. Source: New Zealand Herald On September 28 the new Māori Carbon Foundation held a meeting at Cooks Gardens Function Centre to outline its proposal. A
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HarvestTECH dates and call for papers

HarvestTECH sold out in 2017 with more than 450 harvesting and wood transport contractors, harvest planners, forest managers and equipment and tech providers together in Rotorua, New Zealand. Source: Timberbiz In addition to having most harvesting contractors from throughout the count
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Landmark Oregon CLT project a warning to CLT industry

A massive accident and cost overrun at a landmark CLT project in Oregon in the US has been cited as a warning to the burgeoning CLT industry in Australia. Source: Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz Chris Lafferty, manager of research and development at Forest and Wood Products Australia, sa
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NZ to draw the line on raw log exports

Forestry Minister Shane Jones has a blunt message for foreign investors that they will no longer be given free rein to export raw logs. Mr Jones was in China and Japan encouraging more investment in forestry once changes to the Overseas Investment Act come into force next month. But h
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Renewable diesel opportunity in New Zealand

Most people in New Zealand are not aware that technology has been commercialised in the United States for the production of fully drop-in renewable diesel made from cellulosic feedstocks. Source: Timberbiz This renewable diesel is a direct substitute for mineral diesel and meets all o
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