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Mapping The Course in Canada

The Mapping The Course: Timberland, Forest Products Processing, And Fiber Issues For 2019 conference and optional workshop will be held at the Heathman Lodge in Vancouver, Canada. Attend this conference for in-depth analysis on forest products market challenges, opportunities, and thr
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A wooden retro paddle board in time for summer

Last year it was The Bootlegger, a retro mahogany stand-up paddle board made by Minneapolis-based artisan Kevin Fitzke. While it was beautiful, it costs US$3299. This year it is the less-pricey but still-classy Speakeasy. Source: Timberbiz Like The Bootlegger, The Speakeasy was inspir
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Fiji halts logging on Sleeping Giant

The Fiji Government confirmed this week that it has stopped a logging company from removing trees from a large area of the “Sleeping Giant” mountain range in Sabeto. Environment Minister Dr Mahendra Reddy said the logging company had been issued a stop work notice, saying it had not c
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Trees to decline in productivity with climate change says new research

Southwest forest in the US may decline in productivity on average as much as 75% over the 21st century as climate warms, according to new research. The new estimate is better than previous ones because it is based on a new database of information on the growth of trees under average c
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A culture of safety at Stora Enso

What makes a safe mill? Safety gear, warning signs, safer machines? They all help but it’s people who create a strong safety culture. Stora Enso says this means finding root causes for accidents, sharing our learnings, and caring for one another. Source: Timberbiz “When there’s an acc
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Birch trees dress Finnish first lady

Finland has always drawn on its vast forests for inspiration, and the country can now lay claim to fashion worthy of admiration by design and nature lovers worldwide. A diverse team at Aalto University has designed and produced an evening gown made of Finnish birch trees, using a sust
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Australia-Japan forest products trade strengthened

The Australian forest industries delegation which visited Japan last week has been hailed a success, forging new relationships with Japanese forest products companies and showcasing Australia’s renewably-sourced wood fibre to Japan’s lucrative wood biomass market, a rapidly-expanding
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CIFOR REDD lessons and directions publication

After 10 years of studying and analyzing REDD+ through its Global Comparative Study, the Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR) has published a new book, Transforming REDD+: Lessons and new directions, which provides a critical, evidence-based analysis of REDD+ implementat
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Hardwood chips – Vietnam scores and Australia suffers

The third quarter of 2018 brought developments in East Asia, as Chinese imports of hardwood chips reached a record high and Vietnam expanded its market share at Australia’s expense, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. In the 3Q/18, Chinese importation of hardwood chips reached
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PNG sends forestry students to NZ

The Timber Forest Training College (TFTC) in Lae, Papua New Guinea has sent six students to New Zealand for employment for the first time this year. This is after 39 years of offering certificates in skills training. College principal Vagi Lovo said this was history for the school dur
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