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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Forestry a success story for KiwiRail

KiwiRail is reaping the benefits of an innovative growth strategy for its forestry business designed to make the best use of its wagon fleet. Source: Timberbiz Its financial result released recently shows an 8% revenue increase in its overall forestry business in just the six months t
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Directors appointed to Heyfield board

The Andrews Labor Government announced the appointments of three state directors to the board of Heyfield ASH Holding Pty Ltd, following the purchase of the Heyfield Timber Mill last year. Source: Timberbiz Heyfield ASH Holding is the holding company for Australian Sustainable Hardwoo
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$600,000 grant to support new USC project in FNQ

An innovative University of the Sunshine Coast project to simultaneously boost the Indigenous communities, forestry and mining industries, and environment of Cape York Peninsula has won a $600,000 Advance Queensland grant. Source: Timberbiz The Queensland Government’s Innovation Partn
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Gippsland Forestry Expo linking forestry education and careers

Australia’s forestry industry is finding it difficult to attract qualified or experienced people to work in this interesting and rewarding sector. Source: Timberbiz This is despite the fact that Australia’s forest industry is a dynamic and sustainable provider of regional employment,
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Canadian take on forestry safety

On 18 October, 2017, a logger was killed in a tragic incident near Mackenzie in northern British Columbia, Canada. The operator was using a feller buncher to cut timber on a slope when the machine tipped over backwards, cutting off his escape route when the machine caught fire. Source
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IKEA buys its first US forest

IKEA Group acquired its first US forest property, covering approximately 25,000 acres in Lowndes County, Alabama. Source: Clean Technica The investment in forestry is part of a broader strategy to invest in the sustainable production of resources that IKEA Group consumes directly, suc
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Stumped on how to remove stumps, not anymore

An Australian and an American hope they are about to solve a problem that has had others stumped. Source: The Weekly Times Naracoorte’s Brad Dickenson knew he was looking at something special when he saw a video clip on social media of a machine in the US wrenching old stumps out of t
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Gisborne focus for NZ government

The New Zealand Government’s Tuawhenua Provincial Growth Fund will be launched in Gisborne on February 23, catapulting Gisborne to the centre of the Government’s regional development strategy. Source: The Gisborne Herald Ikaroa-Rawhiti MP and Cabinet minister Meka Whaitiri will also h
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Coalmining clearing forests

Coalmining companies were given approval to clear nearly 10% of what is now a critically endangered forest in the New South Wales Hunter Valley over the past decade, according to evidence before a government commission. Source: The Guardian It has prompted calls for politicians and bu
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