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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

UBS to sell NZ pine plantation

Forestry investment manager Global Forest Partners has hired investment bank UBS to sell its pine plantation business in New Zealand. Source: Australian Financial Review  It’s understood Global Forest Partners has asked UBS to commence a sale process for Nelson Forests Ltd, whic
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PEFC certification strengthens in NZ

Illegal forest management practices are a global problem. Governments and markets around the world are increasingly requiring proof of legality for harvested wood products. Source: Timberbiz This has created a demand for labelling and endorsement of sustainably managed and legally har
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Seven million seedlings to be planted

Walcha is one location that will receive seedlings from one of the state’s largest crops, for a timber plantation. Source: Walcha News  More than seven million pine seedlings will be dispatched from Forestry Corporation of NSW’s Blowering Nursery near Tumut this winter.  Minister for
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Australian winner of forestry photo contest

Australia’s certified forests are incredibly diverse and the winning entry in a national photo contest highlights the enjoyment they give to visitors from all walks of life. Source: Timberbiz Australian Forestry Standard CEO Simon Dorries, commenting on the award, said the contest hel
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New FWPA ForestLearning manager

Beth Welden joins Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) as program manager for ForestLearning, having led programs across K-12 learning areas and served as director on the Primary Industries Education Foundation Australia (PIEFA) board. Source: Timberbiz Ms Welden is a passionate
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Health and safety’s new audit tool

A new Work Health and Safety Audit Tool is now available nation-wide to support organisations demonstrate and report their compliance against various safety standards. Source: Timberbiz The tool, the brainchild of the Forest Owners and Service Suppliers (FOSS) committee, was developed
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Brazil to open 860,000 acres of protected Amazon forest

The Brazilian environment ministry is proposing the release of 860,000 acres in the National Forest of Jamanxim for agricultural use, mining and logging. Sources: Reuters, The Independent UK The government’s order was a compromise measure after protests from local residents and ecolog
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First quarter 2017 log exports

The total value of logs exported from New Zealand in the 1Q/17 was almost three times as high as the value of exported lumber, reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Source: Ajot Over 50% of the timber harvest in New Zealand is being exported in log form. However, some sawmills in the c
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New role for Tim Leaman

Tim Leaman has resigned from the Forest Practices Authority (FPA) Compliance Manager position to take up a new role as Environment Manager in the Roads and Transport Division of the Department of State Growth. Source: Timberbiz Dr Peter Volker, Chief Forest Practices Officer & Dir
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