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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Tree breeding growth in Mount Gambier

  Tree Breeding Australia in Mount Gambier is set to continue to grow as a leader in Australia’s forestry genetics research with thanks to funding committed by the State Government. Source: Timberbiz The SA Government and Tree Breeding Australia has announced a jointly funded $90
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Join AFCA’s online letter of support for native timber harvesting in NSW

An online letter is being circulated by the Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) aimed at sending a message to NSW MPs in support of native timber harvesting. Source: Timberbiz It follows the standing down without notice of 15 operations in NSW on May 27 as a result of rul
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Metsa to fund 26 biodiversity and restoration projects this year

Metsä Group has funded biodiversity management and restoration projects with a total of 600,000 euros in 2024. This year, 26 new projects were approved for the funding program for nature projects. Source: Timberbiz With this year’s selections, the themes of the projects are incr
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EU deforestation regs only six months away

The EU’s Deforestation Regulation (EUDR) is set to go into effect on 30 December 2024. EUDR aims to prevent and mitigate the impact of deforestation and forest degradation associated with certain commodities placed on the EU market. Source: Timberbiz Since wood is one of the targeted
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General assembly of Euro sawmill industry’s short and long term review

The summer General Assembly of EOS, the European Organisation of the Sawmill Industry, took place in Helsinki on 12-13 June 2024, hosted by the EOS Finnish member the Finnish Sawmills Association, Sahateollisuus. Source: Timberbiz The Finnish Minister of agriculture and forestry, Sari
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NZ forestry companies could be hit with other levies

New Zealand forestry companies could face a rate hike to cover legal costs as well as a “pay as you go” levy to cover road damage, under a Gisborne District Council proposal. Source: Local Democracy Reporting, Gisborne Herald While committing to investigate these funding options from
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ETS fee removal welcomed by forestry

Annual service charges paid by forest owners with trees in the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) will be cancelled for the 2023 – 24 year. New Zealand Forestry Minister Hon Todd McClay announced the ETS change while outlining the Government’s vision to grow forestry as part of his
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Industry transition information sessions for contractors

AFCA will hold industry transition information sessions for its Victorian members, the following events will be held on Thursday 20 June. Source: Timberbiz Information sessions in Bairnsdale for businesses impacted by the closure of native timber harvesting and who are weighing up the
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