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Value-adding to the enth degree with bark

Three million tonnes of softwood bark is produced annually In the Finnish mechanical and chemical forest industry, and this currently is mainly used for energy production. Now, however, using a method developed by VTT, a high yield of pure tannins can be extracted from the bark for us
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Specialist steep slope logging conference series

The conference team at Innovatek, Logging & Sawmilling Journal and TimberWest has announced its newest industry conference for leading loggers and forest managers for 2019. Formerly called the Steep Slope Logging Conference, the new name – HarvestTECHx – covers all machined based
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Automated platoon trucking will help to drive forestry into the future

Truck platooning research has taken a quantum leap forward and in the process earned a spot in history by successfully road testing the emerging technology in the deep forests of Quebec in the first trial of its kind in Canada. The day-long trial (by FPInnovations and partners) took p
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Making the most of pine beetle wood

The mountain pine beetle has devastated one-fifth of Colorado forest land over the past couple of decades, but the lumber and alternative energy industries have been able to make good use of the wood from these blighted forests. Routt, Eagle, Grand and Summit counties were among the h
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Trans-Pacific Partnership to favour Vietnamese timber

The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) is expected to create opportunities for Vietnam to expand markets for major exports like wood and timber products, and seafood. It is forecast wood and timber products will benefit much from the deal as
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Make America Rake Again

As California comes to terms with the deadliest wildfires in its history, United States President Donald Trump has offered a solution to the problem. Mr Trump said California authorities should copy Finland’s example and rake forest floors to remove the material which fuels fire
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PNG calls on China to play a part in fighting illegal logging

Papua New Guinea civil society groups have called on China to introduce regulation on illegal wood imports from the country. PNG is China’s single largest supplier of timber however, large quantities of these wood imports come from illegal operations. A letter signed by PNG grou
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Nordic Wood Biorefinery conference

Rehap’s latest developments in creating novel materials from agoforestry waste for use in the construction industry were presented at the 8th Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference in October. The Nordic Wood Biorefinery Conference (NWBC) is a leading meeting forum for wood biorefinery pr
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French government’s new strategy to combat deforestation

The French government has just published a new national strategy to combat the deforestation caused by its imports of soy, palm oil, beef, cocoa and wood. They have set themselves the target of ending so called “embodied deforestation” by 2030. The document also calls for the elaborat
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Wood anatomy under the microscope

Scientists from Siberian Federal University and University of Cadiz, Spain, have recently suggested applying hard tissue preparation methods (used, for instance, with bones and teeth) in wood sample analysis. Unlike previous methods, this does not damage wood cells and can be efficien
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