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OFO appoints Andy Knopp as new CEO

OneFortyOne has filled its vacant CEO position appointing Andy Giles Knopp to the role. Mr Knopp has been a member of OneFortyOne’s executive team since 2016 and will step into the CEO role previously held by Linda Sewell, who resigned in August after nearly eight years. Source: Timbe
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NZ taxpayers foot the bill if forest planting is restricted

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says taxpayers are likely to have to pay billions of dollars for imported carbon credits, if planting production forests is to be restricted with the idea of protecting farming. Source: Timberbiz NZ’s Environment Minister, David Parker has said
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Timberblink will close Blenheim sawmill by December

Timberlink has confirmed its Blenheim sawmill, which employs 75 people, will close before the end of the year following a review carried out in conjunction with PwC on the future of the mill. Source: Timberbiz Staff were informed of the decision on Tuesday and were in one-on-one meeti
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Forest owners pleased with government policy for emissions

Forest owners say the government’s announcement of a policy to give preference to low greenhouse gas emission materials in government construction will be good for both the environment and for the timber construction industry. Source: Timberbiz The Forest Owners Association in New Zea
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Forestry ambassadors to work with farmers in NZ

More landowners will get access to expert advice on planting native trees with the expansion of a Restoration Ambassadors program led by the University of Canterbury (UC). Te Uru Rākau (Forestry New Zealand) has provided NZ$400,000 from the One Billion Trees Fund to further support UC
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PF Olsen fined for poor harvesting practices

Forest management company PF Olsen has been fined $198,000 for poor harvesting practices that contributed to the devastation caused by forestry waste at Tolaga Bay in June, 2018. Source: Gisborne Herald The company was sentenced by Environment Court Judge Brian Dwyer in Gisborne on Mo
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Criminal charges in relation to Forestlands group

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) in New Zealand has filed criminal charges against an individual in relation to the Forestlands group of companies, for alleged disclosure and financial record keeping breaches. Source: Timberbiz The FMA claims relate to: omissions of security arra
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OFO supports wildlife sanctuary in Nelson

Volunteers at Nelson Tasman’s Brook Waimārama Sanctuary in New Zealand have received a boost with the presentation of 60 new hi-vis vests from OneFortyOne New Zealand. The company has supported the Sanctuary since 2014 with $30,000 in donations and other support in kind. Source: Timbe
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Review of Australian Standard for chain of custody: committee positions open

Responsible Wood as an Accredited Standard Development Organisation has responsibility for developing and maintaining Australian Standard AS 4707 Chain of Custody for Forest Products and it has announced the commencement of the five-yearly review of AS 4707. Source: Timberbiz AS 4707
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NZ to tackle 800,000 hectares of wildings

A nationwide plan to tackle more than 800,000 hectares of wilding pine infestations over the next year will generate up to 550 new jobs and help prevent future bushfires, say New Zealand Biosecurity Minister Damien O’Connor and Civil Defence Minister Peeni Henare. Source: Timberbiz “W
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