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New Forests appoints independent director to its board

New Forests Pty Ltd, the international sustainable forestry investment manager, has appointed Christine Loh as an independent director to its board. Her appointment supports New Forests’ global growth aspirations and desire to scale environmental and social impact in the forest sector
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Federated Farmers NZ call for restricted tree planting

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says the Federated Farmers’ call for the government to restrict forest planting ranks as an unnecessary intrusion on the right of farmers to plant trees on their land if they want to. Source: Timberbiz The Association also says a restriction wou
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NZ councils point to growing disparities on valuations of forestry land

Gisborne’s mayor says the tool used to rate forestry blocks is not realistic, while the deputy mayor says the district council is “hamstrung” on legislation. Source: Gisborne Herald Gisborne District Council wants the Valuer General to address “growing disparities” between the r
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Melbourne WoodTECH called off NZ event to go ahead

The Melbourne WoodTECH 2021 conference has been cancelled because of Covid-19. The two-day conference, run by the Forest Industry Engineering Association, was planned for Melbourne for early August. Source: Timberbiz However, because venues in Melbourne have become unavailable that ev
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Lobbying against the hazards of carbon forests

Otago Regional Councillors in New Zealand have resolved to lobby central government regarding concerns about the potential hazards and risks to the environment associated with carbon forests. Source: Timberbiz Following concerns raised by the public, and a site visit, Councillors and
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New scholarships to encourage women and Maori into forestry

Te Uru Rākau – New Zealand Forest Service has announced three new Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships being offered through Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology in the Bay of Plenty starting 2022. The scholarships will encourage more women and Māori into a career in forestry
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Seedling sales in NZ hit 92M in 2020

Latest research by Te Uru Rākau, the New Zealand Forest Service shows seedling sales hit almost 92 million seedlings in 2020, three million more than the year before, according to Acting Deputy Director-General Henry Weston. Source: Timberbiz The findings are an annual survey of tree
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NZ turns to biofuels – a potential billion-dollar business

Te Uru Rākau, the New Zealand Forest Service, is laying the foundations for a new biofuels industry, to turn forestry waste into a potential billion-dollar industry and working on a business case with help from global investment experts Indufor Asia Pacific. Source: Timberbiz “Establi
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Strong exports make log truck drivers hard to find

Strong export prices for logs are creating bottlenecks in the New Zealand supply chain, with forest owners reporting problems securing log truck drivers and, in some cases, harvesting contractors. Source: Radio New Zealand Forest Owners Association’s president Phil Taylor said w
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OFO awarded for environmental action at Kaituna mill

Kaituna Sawmill has been celebrated for its contribution to environmental action at the Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards held on 23 April 2021.  Source: Timberbiz Kaituna Sawmill has completed a suite of environmental improvements including a 46% reduction in the site’s greenho
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