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Elephant King of the forest

Ponsse’s Elephant King forwarder is the most powerful machine in the company’s forwarder range an extremely productive forwarder offering a superior level of comfort, while being particularly economical and efficient when transport distances are long or transported trees are large. So
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Defender in the forest not socially irresponsible

Environmental campaigners have accused the UK advertising watchdog of bias for overturning a draft ruling that banned adverts for a mud-splattered Land Rover Defender offroader after previously saying it encouraged “socially irresponsible” driving that could “cause damage to vulnerabl
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US to double duty on Canadian softwood

The United States will almost double the duties on Canadian softwood lumber from most producers to 17.9%. The current rate for most companies is about 9%. Sources: Timberbiz Mary Ng, Canadian Minister of International Trade, Export Promotion, Small Business and Economic Development, i
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Europe’s dramatic entrance into the China market

European softwood logs were practically non-existent at Chinese ports five years ago. However, a combination of a never-ending hunger for more wood in the country, reductions in shipments from previously significant trading partners, and an oversupply of timber in Europe have altered
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It’s time to choose and care for a Christmas tree

Choosing a Christmas tree is a highlight of the festive season. But how do you choose the best Christmas tree for your home and keep it looking good throughout Christmas and into the New Year. Source: Timberbiz Forestry England’s Christmas tree expert Simon Butcher reveals his top tip
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Volvo tests remote controlled log loader

Volvo Construction Equipment (Volvo CE) is the first in the world to trial a remote-controlled high-lift wheel loader over a 5G network in a complex forestry application in a bid to develop safer, more productive timber processes and explore its potential as an enabler for automation.
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Products linked to deforestation on the EU hit list

Products linked to deforestation, including beef, wood, palm oil, soy, coffee and cocoa, will be banned from entering the EU following landmark legal proposals announced by the EU executive. Source: Lexology The EU executive outlined a draft law requiring companies to prove that agric
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Wood cuts through noisy Zooms

For the past few years, many have become used to having virtual meetings in their homes. Spaces like kitchen tables, couches, spare bedrooms, and hammocks in the yard have all become “offices”. As you can imagine, many of these spaces aren’t well known for their acoustic qualities. So
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Biomass for optical applications

Researchers are mapping out how biomass from plants could replace unrenewable resources in optical applications. A digital, urbanised world consumes huge amounts of raw materials that could hardly be called environmentally friendly. One promising solution may be found in renewable raw
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Wood poacher gets caught by a tree’s DNA

For the first time ever, investigators have used tree DNA as evidence in court—to help convict a wood poacher. Source: Popular Mechanics In July 2021, Justin Andrew Wilke was convicted of conspiracy, theft of public property, depredation of public property, trafficking in unlawfully h
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