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Portal opens to track forestry in 70 countries

The Global Forest Observations Initiative (GFOI) launched a portal – the first such comprehensive platform – to track international capacity development support to developing countries in forest monitoring for climate action. Source: Timberbiz The portal – the GFOI I
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Canadian sawmills gain market share in China

Softwood lumber imports in China during January-February 2019 totalled 3.82 million m³ (+16% compared with 2018). This is a new record and the seasonally adjusted trend line for the Chinese import of softwood lumber is increasing at a record high level according to Jenny Wessung, CEO
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India launches anti-dumping probe into newsprint

Newsprint prices for imports from Australia, Canada, European Union, Hong Kong, Russia, Singapore and United Arab Emirates are below “selling price and non-injurious price for the domestic industry” claims the Indian Newsprint Manufacturers Association (INMA). Source: Euwi
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Sodra’s summer jobs

Applications opened for 250 summer jobs at Södra in 2020 for anyone over the age of 18. Each year, Södra offers summer jobs throughout its operations in pulp mills, sawmills and in the forests. Both Sodra and Metsa open their doors annually to an intake for northern summer employees.
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Softree’s new cable harvesting software

Softree Technical Systems a producer of forest road and engineering software, announced the release of RoadEng Version 9. This updated version offers a variety of new features for planning cable harvesting operations. Source: Timberbiz Cable harvest planning and analysis using RoadEng
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India’s booming furniture market drives demand for hardwood

A booming furniture market is expected to drive up demand for American hardwoods in India this year, according to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). With the total value of American hardwood lumber and veneer exports to India reaching USD 5.272 million in the first three qua
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Resolute Canadian plant to produce cellulose filaments from wood

Resolute Forest Products announced the construction of a commercial plant specializing in the production of cellulose filaments, a new sustainable biomaterial derived from wood fibre, at its Kénogami paper mill in Quebec as well as the optimization of the mill, at a total cost of Can$
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New roadside processor from Tigercat

Tigercat’s new 850, a purpose built roadside processor delivers performance and impressive fuel economy. Designed for high volume roadside processing, the Tigercat 850 offers many advantages over excavator conversions including better service access, higher cooling capacity and proces
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US softwood firms in 2020

As expected by most US softwood lumber producers at the end of 2019, demand for construction framing dimension softwood lumber products remained steady through the Christmas season and looks promising as the industry ushers in 2020. The latest round of sawmill closures, mostly in Brit
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Virtual forestry to inspire young students

The UK’s Forestry Commission is working with Google Expeditions to take schoolchildren on virtual tours of working forests. The Commission is using the immersive platform to inform the next generation about sustainable timber production, the importance of plant health and how woodland
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