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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

More timber companies join the effort to help bushfire victims

High Country Truss & Frames and Dahlsens have also joined the efforts to help with the bushfire recovery in New South Wales and Victoria respectively. Source: Timberbiz Owners David and Elizabeth van der Plaat from High Country Truss & Frames have been helping transport feed t
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Sodra’s summer jobs

Applications opened for 250 summer jobs at Södra in 2020 for anyone over the age of 18. Each year, Södra offers summer jobs throughout its operations in pulp mills, sawmills and in the forests. Both Sodra and Metsa open their doors annually to an intake for northern summer employees.
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Softree’s new cable harvesting software

Softree Technical Systems a producer of forest road and engineering software, announced the release of RoadEng Version 9. This updated version offers a variety of new features for planning cable harvesting operations. Source: Timberbiz Cable harvest planning and analysis using RoadEng
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India’s booming furniture market drives demand for hardwood

A booming furniture market is expected to drive up demand for American hardwoods in India this year, according to the American Hardwood Export Council (AHEC). With the total value of American hardwood lumber and veneer exports to India reaching USD 5.272 million in the first three qua
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Business Outlook for NZ Forestry

Fifty-two people from various parts of New Zealand’s domestic and international forest products supply chains participated in the most recent Scion Business Outlook study. These participants represent a substantial component of the NZ forestry industry. Source: Timberbiz According to
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WA grants for softwood planting

Western Australia Forestry Minister Dave Kelly has opened up grants for farmers and landowners interested in increasing Western Australia’s softwood resource by establishing pine plantations on their properties. Source: Timberbiz The Farm Forestry Assist grants program, run thro
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New home sales indicate an improving market

New Home Sales is the latest among a string of indicators showing an improvement in housing market conditions, according to HIA Economist Diwa Hopkins. The HIA New Home Sales report – a monthly survey of the largest volume home builders in the five largest states – is a leading indica
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NSW reopens coastal State forests

Recent widespread rainfall and increased humidity have meant many coastal State forests from Sydney to the Queensland border reopened on Wednesday 22 January 2020. Many of these State forests have been closed to the public since last November due to increased fire risk. Source: Timber
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Bushfire Recovery Victoria agency established to rehabilitate communities

A new permanent dedicated agency will work directly with local communities impacted by Victoria’s bushfires, as the long process of rebuilding and recovery begins. The new Bushfire Recovery Victoria (BRV) will be wholly focused on the needs of Victorian communities, working closely wi
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