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Aggressive forest thinning needed but resources thin on the ground

Spurred on by the devastating wildfires of the past few years including the Carr Fire and Camp Fire, state officials in California are pursuing ambitious plans to double the amount of wildland tree and brush thinning over the next five years. But they also acknowledge it is likely to
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Komatsu to acquire TimberPro

Komatsu America has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire TimberPro. The acquisition is expected to close on 1 April 2019, subject to completion of the closing conditions. Source: Timberbiz Established in 2002, TimberPro is a Wisconsin-based manufacturer of purpose-built fore
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Treevia designs a SmartForest for Brazil

A remote monitoring system rolled out in Brazil is taking over the exhausting and risky task of keeping an eye on commercial forests. The system allows researchers and technicians to track forest growth rates in real time, in order to estimate if they are developing properly and detec
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Biggest carbon sinks are in young forests

More than half of the carbon sink in the world’s forests is in areas where the trees are relatively young – under 140 years old – rather than in tropical rainforests, research at the University of Birmingham shows. Source: Timberbiz These trees have typically ‘regrown’ on land previou
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Smart Thumper app to test wood strength

Determining the stiffest piece of lumber is now easier with a new smartphone app created by scientists in Mississippi State University’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center. Called “Smart Thumper,” the app uses soundwaves or vibrations to determine stiffness, a quality that relates to
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Logset’s new test track for forest machinery

At the end of 2018, Logset built a 500-meter test drive track next to the company’s forest machine factory in Koivulahti, Finland. The conditions on the track simulate the forest conditions. Every forest machine leaving the factory is evaluated on the new track. Source: Timberbiz The
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Forest of Fabrication demonstrates modern timber construction

The UK Timber Trade Federation is sponsoring a new exhibition ‘Forest of Fabrication – dRMM: pioneers of timber architecture’ hosted by the Building Centre in London from 8 February until 17 May 2019. Source: Timberbiz Forest of Fabrication demonstrates the possibilities of modern tim
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Metsä Group to showcase sustainable forest management

Metsä Group is establishing a new demonstration site, called Nemus Futurum, to showcase sustainable forest and nature management in Finland in a way that provides visitors with a unique experience. The guided experience, taking place in the forests surrounding Kirkniemi Manor, combine
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Hurricane Michael a boon for loggers and sawmillers

When Hurricane Michael’s winds pushed up the Florida Panhandle in late 2018, it took miles of the state’s timber industry with it. Landowner John Alter lost 50% of his trees in Jackson County. In all, 2.8 million acres of timber was damaged by the storm. Source: Fox13 “We had just pla
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Ontario building pushes limits in tall timber buildings

An age-old building material is making a 21st-century comeback in Ontario but under provincial rules, you can’t construct a wood-frame building more than six storeys tall — but new technologies and initiatives could change that. One of the University of Toronto’s latest building proje
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