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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Forestry: Protecting an ancient practice with new tools

Illegal deforestation is one of the most critical issues impacting the forestry industry today. It has a negative impact on the environment and casts a dark shadow over companies who are participating in sustainable, responsible and legal logging. The Australian Department of Agricult
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NZ incentives for tree planting include climate change vision

New Zealand has deepened the environmental role of forestry as part of its $NZ480 million, 10-year plan to plant one billion new trees by 2028. The Minister for Forests, Shane Jones, said NZ had now included permanent forests as part of changes to its Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) sh
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H&M, Ikea joined by Stora Enso in TreeToTextile venture

TreeToTextile is a joint venture between H&M group, Inter IKEA group and innovator Lars Stigsson, with the aim of developing new textile fibres in a sustainable way at attractive cost levels. TreeToTextile announced that Stora Enso will join this partnership and support the indust
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Call for review on international policy for biotech research

A coalition of forest scientists, including Steve Strauss of Oregon State University, is calling for an immediate review of international policies that the group says put unreasonable and harmful limitations on biotech research. This petition follows on the release of a major report o
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11 Predictions for Global Wood Consuming Industries in 2019

Forests2Market, which predominately focuses on the US and the American continent, has provided its predictions for 2019 which come from a US view of the world. The company is a provider of global timber pricing, cost benchmarks and in-depth analytics for participants in the wood raw m
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Round two NFPI Centre Project Applications open

The National Institute for Forest Products Innovation (NFPI) promotes innovation in Australia’s forest products industry. The Australian, South Australian and Tasmanian Governments combined initial commitment of $8 million has two National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Cent
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Frame and Truss national conference in Australia

The Frame and Truss Manufacturers Association of Australia (FTMA) will hold its national conference at the RACV Royal Pines in Benowa, Queensland on the 26 March 2019 with activities the day before and the Multinail Machinery Expo the day following the conference. This is the largest
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Improving export supply chain efficiency

An FWPA-funded project is analysing wood export supply chain management from various angles, including value and quality assessment, measurement and inventory assessment, phytosanitary testing and wood loading technologies. Source: Timberbiz As part of the project led by chief investi
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FSC guidance for Greenstar Credits

To make it easier for builders to demonstrate that they meet the Greenstar Timber Credit requirements FSC Australia has released a short guidance document. The document provides clear information about how to make sure that the timber you are using is FSC certified. Source: Timberbiz
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