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

Three regional forest centres add $3m to their budgets

An additional $3.1 million of Federal Government funding announced last year will extend the life of the three regional National Institute for Forest Products Innovation Centres, including Mount Gambier, to support innovation and growth in the forest industries, according to the Membe
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Bob Brown faces court over trespass charges

Conservationist Bob Brown and five other activists will fight a charge of trespass later this year after they were arrested while protesting the logging of swift parrot habitat. Source: The Mercury In December 2020, the group was arrested in the Eastern Tiers, where the critically end
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Global companies failing to protect forests

Global companies and financial institutions with the highest potential for curbing deforestation are largely failing to do so, undermining pledges to protect forests made at the COP26 climate summit in November, according to a recently released report. Source: AFP The Forest 500 analy
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Norske Skog new terminal to reduce emissions

Norske Skog at Saugbrugs in Norway, in collaboration with Nortømmer and Viken Skog have established a company Tømmerterminal Hauerseter AS, a privately owned railroad terminal for loading timber by rail. Source: Timberbiz “The green transition requires that our inbound and outbound tr
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Ikea buys up more land for forestry in the US

Ingka Investments, which represents IKEA, announced it has acquired 1,321 hectares of land in Florida as part of its long-term commitment to responsible forest management. Source: Timberbiz The investment property, Tupelo Honey, consists of two parcels of land in Gulf and Liberty Coun
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Christmas gift of 67,000 trees

Around 67,000 more native trees will be planted across New Zealand in 2022 thanks to generous Kiwi individuals and businesses who chose to go green for Christmas gifting. Source: Timberbiz Trees That Count, a program of the Project Crimson Trust, provides a way for all New Zealanders
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Forico’s new CEO to spend transition period with Bryan Hayes

Tasmania’s largest private forest and land asset manager, Forico, has appointed a new Chief Executive Officer. Evangelista (Ange) Albertini will spend an initial transition period with outgoing CEO Bryan Hayes, who has led Forico since the company’s inception more than seven years ago
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FWPA appoints new CEO

Norske Skog Australasia managing director Andrew Leighton has been appointed Forest and Wood Products Australia’s new Chief Executive Officer. He replaces Ric Sinclair who retired as managing director late last year after 13 years in the role. Mr Leighton starts in his new role on Feb
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AFCA GM aims to showcase forestry’s value and importance

The new head of the Australian Forest Contractors Association believes the industry needs to be less defensive in its public image and more showcasing of its value and importance. Source: Timberbiz Carlie Porteous, the new general manager of the Australian Forest Contractors Associati
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