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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

NZ $14M funding to expand LiDAR mapping

Eight Regional Councils, in partnership with their Territorial Authorities and others, have applied for and will receive NZ$14 million of co-funding from the Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) to obtain LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) elevation datasets. Source: Timberbiz Land Informati
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LiDAR data to be available across Victorian forests

Advanced technology to map Victoria’s forests is being used as part of the State Government’s plans to modernise forest management, particularly for the Regional Forest Agreements. The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DEWLP) has acquired Victoria’s largest ever acq
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EU and Vietnam ratify agreement on illegal logging

The EU and Vietnam have ratified a Voluntary Partnership Agreement (VPA) on Forest Law Enforcement, Governance and Trade, to address illegal logging and promote trade in legal timber products. The Agreement will take effect on 1 June. Source: Timberbiz The announcement came on 8 May a
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US plywood stats show China drop, Vietnam up

US plywood imports from China fell 55.1% year-on-year in first quarter to 161.7 thousand m3 with import value declined 55.1% to US$129.3 million, according to USDA data. The import from Brazil decreased only 11.8% to 168.7 thousand m3 and country became the biggest supplier of plywood
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Top 5 – China’s Woodchip Imports – March Quarter

Every month, IndustryEdge publishes Wood Market Edge, Australia’s only forestry and wood products market and trade analysis, and supplies its customers with hundreds of unique data products, advisory and consulting services. Find out more at www.industryedge.com.au Hardwood Chip Impor
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Residue burns for Mount Lofty Ranges plantation estate

ForestrySA will begin residue burning across its Mount Lofty Ranges pine plantation estate this month, ahead of the annual winter replanting season. The burns are scheduled to take place within the Mount Crawford, Kuitpo and Second Valley pine forests throughout May and June, followin
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FWPA new brand to reframe forestry in the eyes of the public

Forest and Wood Products Australia (FWPA) is preparing to launch The Ultimate Renewable™, a new brand that offers a universal, positive communications message for the sector to share. Eileen Newbury, National Marketing and Communications Manager at FWPA, said it’s all about reframing
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TRENDZ in NZ is to plant trees

Delegates at New Zealand TRENZ 2019 are leaving a legacy of more than 600 native trees to benefit the New Zealand environment, as the result of a partnership with Trees That Count. A tree is being planted in each delegate’s name to commemorate their attendance at New Zealand’s biggest
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Global chip prices to China step up

Hardwood chip prices for the world leading Chinese market were around 10% higher on average in March than in February, according to the latest analysis from IndustryEdge. At USD196.98/bdmt, the global average price was at a new high in March. Source: Timberbiz Tim Woods, managing dire
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