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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Federal Minister Ruston goes to Heyfield

Assistant Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Senator Anne Ruston, met with Australian Sustainable Hardwoods and Australian Paper to re-affirm the Turnbull Government’s strong support for jobs and Regional Forest Agreements (RFAs). Source: Timberbiz “The overwhelming communi
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Federated Farmers’ policy pushes tree farming

New Zealand Forest Owners say the new Federated Farmers’ policy on climate change is a major step to help farmers understand trees are not an alternative to farming, but rather trees are tools to assist farming’s survivability. Source: Timberbiz Federated Farmers has announced a new p
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Kangaroo Island wharf tension mounts

Tension is building between Australia’s first publicly listed timber company and the country’s largest abalone producer, over a proposed multi-user wharf on Kangaroo island. Source: ABC Rural The Kangaroo Island Plantation Timber company first unveiled its plans for the $2
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Private plantation timber exports

The growth in environmentally certified private plantation forestry continues to gather pace with logs collecting at Macquarie Wharf as part of a new export operation. Source: The Mercury Neville Smith Forest Products subsidiary SmartFibre and SFM Forest Products are preparing to expo
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Nova Scotia turns to Finland for woodlot lessons

When Harold Alexander walks through the woods in Digby County, he sees untapped potential. The veteran forester has managed woodlots in this area for more than 35 years with an eye on the future. Source: CBC Canada But it’s his concerns today about the state of the industry that
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India maps suitable timber species

The Forest College and Research Institute (FCRI), Mettupalayam in India, has begun preparing an in-depth map of suitable timber species for various agro-climatic zones in Tamil Nadu. Source: Times of India The map, which is expected to be completed in two months, will help timber farm
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Accoya Wood of the future

Accoya Acetylated Wood is one building product we’re keeping an eye on this year. Named as one of the top 10 green building products for 2017, the product is tipped to have a significant impact on the market in the coming years. Source: Architecture And Design While the product is ava
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Whroo state forest in a tangle

An urgent review into the state government’s track-blocking policy has been ordered by the environment minister after a department deliberately tore down trees in protected crown land. Source: Bendigo Advertiser Hundreds of trees were recently destroyed in Whroo state forest by the De
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Lights go out on Masters

Across the country the Masters signs are down, the lights are out and the front doors have closed on the failed retailer’s barn-like sheds, but their new owner is busy negotiating the next chapter. Source: Sydney Morning Herald Home Consortium, which surprised bigger property pl
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