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Dunedin forest closed due to red needle

A Dunedin forest remains closed to the public after a pine tree disease not previously found on the South Island’s lower east coast reached the city. Source: Otago Daily Times City Forests chief executive Grant Dodson yesterday confirmed the forest at Cedar Farm, above Port Chal
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ASH will go to Tasmania

ASH will axe 250 jobs and move to Tasmania after the owners say the Victorian government failed to make a “genuine offer” to keep its production on the mainland. Source: AAP Australian Sustainable Hardwoods’ Heyfield Mill will close in August, ahead of its original S
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CHH workers vote down pay deal

Carter Holt Harvey’s timber mill at Myrtleford remains in limbo after workers voted down a new pay deal on Friday. Source: The Border Mail A total 97 workers voted no to the new enterprise agreement while 86 voted yes in the secret ballot over two days. Construction Forestry Mining an
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Power to the grid from SA timber waste

Processed plantation timber waste could provide a new source of baseload electricity in South Australia when renewable energy rules are overhauled, in the wake of today’s release of the Finkel report. Source: Adelaide Now Queensland-based company Altus Renewables is planning to build
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Plant trees now don’t wait for climate report

Forest owners in New Zealand want the government to get extra forest planting underway, rather than waiting for a report on climate change to be presented next year. Source: New Zealand Herald Minister for Climate Change Paula Bennett has announced that the Productivity Commission wil
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Forest Harvesting Optimisation Project Update

A project is underway to review and update units of competency from the FWP Forest and Wood Products Training Package, in line with current forest harvesting optimisation technology and the impact on utilisation processes. Source: Timberbiz Draft units of competency and skill sets are
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Tarkine talks for future of forestry

Tasmania’s Tarkine region is heralded by land rights activists for its high environmental and cultural value, however, the area also holds value to industries with the power to make or break the state government’s bottom line. Source: The Advocate Government Business Enterprise Forest
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Finkel review – an opportunity for wood waste energy

The Finkel Report’s recommendation of a Clean Energy Target (CET) creates an opportunity for Australia to embrace renewable energy from wood waste as part of our clean energy mix, with the potential to provide baseload electricity and help meet Australia’s emissions reduction target,
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Canadians going 19 storey hybrid timber

Canadian developer PortLiving is set to build a 19-storey mixed-use residential project that will be Vancouver’s tallest hybrid timber tower. Source: The Fifth Estate The Terrace House project has been designed by Shigeru Ban Architects, the first Canadian project for the Pritzker Pri
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