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Activist at Mogo State Forest halts logging

Forestry Corporation of NSW was forced to stop logging on Monday by an activist perched in a treetop at Mogo State Forest. The activist’s platform was raised 25 metres above the ground and suspended by ropes connected to logging machinery below. Source: About Regional Joslyn van der M
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Bunning reaffirms boycott of VicForests timber despite court ruling

Hardware giant Bunnings has reaffirmed its boycott of VicForests timber despite the Federal Court ruling that VicForests had not broken Commonwealth environmental laws. Bunnings announced in June last year it would stop selling timber logged by VicForests after a court found the state
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This old wooden chair sells for $8.5M

Christie’s Hong Kong recently announced the results from multiple auctions, including onefor a unique folding chair made of wood that was crafted and used in China during the 17th century. Sources: Slashgear, Timberbiz According to the auction house, the item sold at an amount several
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US housing starts to take a dive

After cresting a 15-year high in March fuelled by a breakneck building pace in the United States Midwest (where total housing starts were up nearly 123% month-over-month), homebuilding reversed course and surprisingly dropped in April. Source: FOREST2MARKET Privately-owned housing sta
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Welding wood becomes a reality

In a proof-of-concept collaboration between TWI Ltd and the University of Cambridge and enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, researchers have developed a sustainable process to rapidly join timber elements using linear friction welding. Source: University of Cambridge Two years
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Arbor Day initiative to plant seeds of change

A new Arbor Day initiative announced by New Zealand Forestry Minister Stuart Nash will see thousands of primary school children get the chance to plant native trees in their communities. Source: Timberbiz The initiative is open to more than 2400 primary schools. It is a partnership be
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$200M timber tower for inner city Melbourne

Global investment manager Hines will begin construction of a speculative $200 million timber office tower in Collingwood in the second half of the year, confident it can secure tenants seeking more affordable premises in a new building designed for the post-COVID-19 age. Source: Finan
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Patchy recovery for the paper sector

Latest analysis shows the paper sector’s trade has recovered some ground in the first quarter of 2021, but it’s a patchy and limited recovery at best. Source: IndustryEdge And moments after IndustryEdge published its latest edition, it learned of the sale of the Whakatane Board Mill i
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Forestry and wood processing scholarships open in NZ

Nine more New Zealanders can begin to study for a career in forestry and wood processing with 2022 Ngā Karahipi Uru Rākau – Forestry Scholarships now that the application process is open. Source: Timberbiz “It is an exciting time to be studying and working in the forestry and wood pro
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