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

FSC Australia ignores FSC HQ demand to fix governance

The Forest Stewardship Council of Australia has reportedly ignored the demands of its German head office to fix ongoing “governance problems” after repeatedly failing to accredit any native forest harvesting. Source: Timberbiz It has been reported that FSC’s office i
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Virginia Department of Forestry goes nuts

The Virginia Department of Forestry in the US is after 12 species of acorns and nuts that can be planted at its Augusta Forestry Centre to grow into tree seedlings that will become the forests of tomorrow. Source: Timberbiz Each year, VDOF asks the public from across the state to coll
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Mapping 1.6 billion people who live near forests

Global maps of places where people and forests coexist show that an estimated 1.6 billion people live within five kilometres of a forest. The assessment, based on data from 2000 and 2012 and published September 18 in the journal One Earth, showed that of these 1.6 billion “fores
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Indonesian exports fall, furniture businesses close

The Chairman of the Indonesian Furniture and Craft Industry Association (HIMKI), Supriyadi, said the value of Indonesia’s exports of furniture and crafts will likely fall below US$1.2 billion by the end of this year and the downturn in exports is already having a major impact on compa
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New home sales report sees WA and Qld up but not other states

New Home Sales data released recently confirms that HomeBuilder will support building activity and protect jobs in the December 2020 quarter according to the Housing Industry Association. Source: Timberbiz The HIA New Home Sales report – a monthly survey of the largest volume home bui
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Koalas alive and well in Kiwarrak after Hillville fire

The Forestry Corporation has rejected reports suggesting that there has been a 100% decline in koalas in the Kiwarrak area due to the Hillville fire. Source: Timberbiz Forestry Corporation says it has confirmed so far eight healthy koalas have been found during surveys following the w
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Fleetwood Challenge Cup won by Uni of Melbourne’s ecoship

As a lack of housing diversity and affordability continues to prove a major grappling point for many Australians, a team of Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) students from the University of Melbourne have taken on the challenge and reimagined the great Australian dream
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Australia’s forest industries can remove emissions with government support

A $1.9 billion investment package in new and emerging technologies has been announced by the Federal Government. The Prime Minister Scott Morrison said the investment package in future technologies to lower emissions would back jobs now and into the future, cut costs for households an
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NZ taxpayers foot the bill if forest planting is restricted

New Zealand’s Forest Owners Association says taxpayers are likely to have to pay billions of dollars for imported carbon credits, if planting production forests is to be restricted with the idea of protecting farming. Source: Timberbiz NZ’s Environment Minister, David Parker has said
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