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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Sawn softwood imports up 16% – local producers watching closely

  Imports of sawn softwood topped 854,000m3 over the year-ended March, according to trade and market experts IndustryEdge. Source: IndustryEdge for Timberbiz The rise in imports was almost 16% or more than 116,000m3 higher than a year earlier, and defying expectations from 2017 t
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Intelligent use of timber important to worldwide climate protection

With the impact of global warming set to become a key issue in Australian forestry policy, German experts have emphasised the indispensable role of sustainable forest management in climate protection. From Philip Hopkins for Timberbiz The Victorian Labor Government has pledged to incl
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Villagers guard an ancient cedarwood forest in China

For 18 generations, people in Denglu Village, southwest China’s Guizhou Province, have kept their ancestor’s oath to guard a primeval forest of Chinese cedarwood (Phoebe nanmu). Source: Xinhuanet The large, slow-growing evergreen trees are better known as the precious timb
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10 haunted forests

Sitting on the northwestern side of Mount Fuji, Aokigahara Forest (more commonly known as “Suicide Forest”) is the definition of tragic beauty. Sometimes referred to as the Sea of Trees, it has been the site of numerous suicides, dating all the way back to the mid 1900s. S
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Eye way up in the sky is watching Indonesia

Astrosat, Scotland’s space and technology services company has a new partnership to support the Sumatra Merang Peatland Project (SMPP), a forest conservation and biodiversity protection initiative in South Sumatra, Indonesia. Source: Timberbiz Leveraging its access to data from some o
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NZ timber companies say still no solution to fumigation issues

Log and timber exporters could be able to over-ride a deadline for stricter controls around the use of the highly toxic fumigant, methyl bromide in New Zealand. Source: Radio New Zealand The Environmental Protection Authority ruled in 2010 that users would need to have new technology
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Timber design entries confirm wood’s exciting future

The 2018 NZ Wood-Resene Timber Design Awards are in “fantastic” heart given the high quality and numbers of entries received, according to Wood Processors and Manufacturers Association’s (WPMA) promotion manager Debbie Fergie. Source: Timberbiz Entries are proving that projects from o
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Simon proves that age is no barrier to achieving success

Simon Russell decided on a career change at a time when most would consider it almost too late (or too comfortable) but now he’s reaping the rewards. Source: Timberbiz The former Victorian country boy is this year’s winner of the prestigious HIA Jim Brookes Australian Appr
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Major drawcard announced for Canberra Forest Conference

An exciting line-up of speakers has been announced for the 2018 Joint IFA-AFG Conference – Forests for healthy cities, farms and people (2-5 September). Source: Timberbiz Speakers will address the major conference themes which include: the increasing importance of urban forests
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