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Log prices drop in NZ and locals losing out on work

  Contractors are losing out on work as forest owners cancel pending contracts to hold out for log prices to rise. After hitting a peak four months ago, New Zealand log prices fell due to worldwide containership congestion at ports, high fuel and shipping prices and a downturn in
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Log prices drop in NZ and locals losing out on work

Contractors are losing out on work as forest owners cancel pending contracts to hold out for log prices to rise. After hitting a peak four months ago, New Zealand log prices fell due to worldwide containership congestion at ports, high fuel and shipping prices and a downturn in demand
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ForestTECH to discuss new tech from key overseas providers

ForestTECH is this region’s annual independent forestry technology series. This year, in addition to advances being made in remote sensing and forest inventory, one of the two days has been set aside to profile the very latest developments in forest establishment, mechanised planting
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New Zealand forestry areas move down alert levels but restrictions remain

The New Zealand Government has announced that from today 1 September, the plan is for all areas south of Auckland to move to COVID Alert Level 3, while Auckland and Northland will remain at Alert Level 4. Source: Timberbiz When Alert Level 3 comes into force the forestry and wood proc
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Offsetting emissions with planting study presented today

Forest and Wood Products Australia research to be presented at the National Forest Industries Symposium today has found planting production trees to offset emissions from Australia’s biggest companies would deliver a win-win; both tackling climate change and securing more future timbe
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NZ to phase out methyl bromide to sterilise logs and export timber

New Zealand’s EPA has decided to gradually phase out use of methyl bromide gas by 2033. The ozone-depleting gas is used in New Zealand to kill pests from trade cargo, almost exclusively to sterilise logs and export timber. Source: Timberbiz The EPA says New Zealand’s use of the toxic
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Kaituna Sawmill environment award opens doors

Kaituna Sawmill opened its doors to the New Zealand Minister for Climate Change James Shaw and 50 guests as part of a Cawthron Marlborough Environment Awards field day on 17 August. Source: Timberbiz The sawmill’s 46% reduction in its greenhouse gas emissions over the past 10 years an
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Friday analysis: Bushfires followed by Covid – it was the last straw for AUSTimber

The cancellation of this year’s AUSTimber event, while probably inevitable given the circumstances, is nonetheless disappointing in so many ways. No one wins. From the event organisers to the exhibitors to the communities and businesses in East Gippsland, to the industry as a whole, e
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AUSTimber 2020/21 cancelled

Announcement by AUSTimber: Cancellation of AUSTimber2020/21 It is with great sadness and disappointment that a decision has been reached to cancel AUSTimber2020/21. Like many events over the past 18 months, Austimber has faced numerous challenges, including two reschedules in 2020 res
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Forester of the Year 2021

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry has announced the winners of its prestigious 2021 Forester of the Year award. In what has been an exceptionally volatile year for many, the forestry sector remains a significant contributor to the New Zealand economy. Source: Timberbiz NZIF Presid
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