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Australian and NZ softwood log prices lift despite price drops

The Australian and New Zealand regional Softwood Log Price Index lifted 14.4% in March, despite deteriorating prices for Australian exports. Source: IndustryEdge The combined weighted index, based in US dollars, rose entirely due to a 16.1% lift in New Zealand’s export price according
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NZ natives are nice, but they grow too slowly for climate mitigation

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says the just released Emissions Reduction Plan is a welcome and unprecedented blueprint for reducing New Zealand’s gross emissions. Source: Timberbiz But the Association is warning that a huge emphasis in the ERP on planting native trees ignore
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Environmental data of New Zealand – all in one place

New Zealand’s seven Crown Research Institutes (CRIs) have created the National Environmental Data Centre (NEDC) website to make the environmental information held by CRIs more accessible to all New Zealanders. Source: Timberbiz The datasets include a huge range of information from cli
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Environmental Forestry 2022 Conference

The FIEA Environmental Forestry Conference will be running in conjunction with a pre-conference workshop hosted by Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service. These combined events are running on 28-29 June 2022 in Rotorua, New Zealand. . Source: Timberbiz Improving our environmental p
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Raising skills to manage structure, growth and quality of forests

The New Zealand government is putting NZ$10.2 million into a seven-year project aimed at raising the skill level of forestry management practices. The project, to be led by Forest Growers Research Limited, will help the industry upgrade to the latest silviculture technology to better
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Calling a spade, a smart shovel

A ‘smart spade’ which identifies exactly where to plant a tree seedling is just one of the new technologies in the seven-year NZ$25.5 million Precision Silviculture development project. Source: Timberbiz The newly elected President of New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association, Gra
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Work starts on Kaituna sawdust powered drying kilns

A New Zealand sawmill’s decade-long environmental journey reaches another milestone as work starts on new drying kilns powered by sawdust. Sources: Stuff, Timberbiz Ever since the sawmill started measuring emissions about a decade ago, the team has been on a mission reduce them. OneFo
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UK Gresham House investing in NZ forests

Gresham House is investing in New Zealand forestry as part of a carbon credits strategy for UK-based institutional investors. The Gresham House Forest Carbon limited partnership has acquired a 25% stake in a portfolio focused on carbon sequestration and native forest regeneration. Sou
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Farm forestry workshops for NZ

A farm forestry road show rolling out across the central North Island in late May will be an opportunity for hill country farmers to find out how they can integrate trees into their farming systems. The New Zealand Farm Forestry Association (NZFFA), supported by Te Uru Rākau – New Zea
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$10m support package for regional newspapers facing newsprint price hikes

Regional newspapers under threat from rising printing costs have been offered a $10 million lifeline by the Coalition if it is re-elected this month. Source: Timberbiz The Coalition on Sunday announced the establishment of a new $10 million round of the Public Interest News Gathering
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