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

Bega Valley to try to reduce bureaucracy in native forestry

Bega Valley Shire Council will investigate a proposal to reduce the “bureaucracy” around allowing native forest logging on private land, despite concerns that the move could allow a “free for all”. Source: about regional The issue saw an emotional debate between councillors at their m
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Aust Forest & Wood Innovations institute has a new board

The board for the establishment and management of the $100 million Australian Forest and Wood Innovations (AFWI) research institute has been appointed. Source: Timberbiz To be chaired by former Forestry Australia president Bob Gordon, the board will comprise Diana Gibbs, Christine Bri
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Strengthening CLT with carbon fibre

Washington State University researchers have received a two-year grant to make more resilient and durable housing materials from thermally-modified cross laminated timber (CLT) and recycled carbon fibre. Source: Timberbiz The researchers, including Pouria Bahmani, assistant professor
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MoniFun harmonising European forestry information

A new EU funded project MoniFun (2024-2027) aims to establish the blueprint for a comprehensive European Forest Multifunctionality Monitoring System (EFMMS). The EFMMS deals with the challenges posed by climate change and environmental stressors on Europe’s forests. Source: Timb
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China short on softwoods heavy on hardwood

Highlights of joint outlook report by Russ Taylor Global and Margules Groome Consulting addresses key softwood and hardwood topics, issues and outlooks. This new report, China Forest, Log & Lumber Report: Supply, Demand & Prices to 2030/2035, shows China will again become a si
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Heyfield Timber Festival a hit with locals

Thousands of people flocked to the popular Heyfield Timber Festival on the weekend of 17-18 February 2024. Source: Timberbiz The Heyfield Timber Festival has been running since 2021, and Heyfield Fire Brigade has supported the event every year. Heyfield Fire Brigade members attended t
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Hey Google, who has the best building

Scion’s Rotorua headquarters has gone head-to-head with the Silicon Valley campus of top tech company Google and come out on top. The Dubai International Best Practices Award for Sustainable Development was presented to Scion’s Innovation hub Te Whare Nui o Tuteata. Source: Timberbiz
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ABARES Outlook conference ready to go

ABARES Outlook Conference is the place for ideas and evidence to progress issues that affect the agricultural, fisheries and forestry sector. The redesigned event for 2024 is hybrid and this year’s theme is Shaping the Future: Opportunities, risks, and resilience. Source: Timberbiz Th
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US hardwood into Australia increased in 2023

US hardwood lumber exports to Australia increased by 22% in 2023 to a value of US$21million according to data from the United States Department of Agriculture. Source: Timberbiz While American white oak continues to dominate, its lesser-known cousin, American red oak, has shown extrao
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