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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Dunedin fire with 2000 tonnes of dry logs up in flames

The owner of a timber and firewood business in Dunedin is coming to terms with potentially losing everything at his yard while fire tears through Dunedin. Source: Radio New Zealand Homes in the Dunedin suburbs of Burnside and Concord were evacuated as a large fire burns in the area wi
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Aussie trees sweat to survive the heat

Australian researchers growing trees in climate change conditions have found the leaves “sweat” to survive extreme heatwaves. Source: The Guardian The year-long experiment showed that trees continue to release water through their leaves as an evaporative cooling system during periods
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Forestry safety feeds skills shortage

One of New Zealand’s biggest industries is facing a boom, but skilled workers are thin on the ground. Sources: The Marlborough Express, Stuff NZ Forestry experts in Marlborough say the industry has been branded with an undeserved reputation for poor safety practices; putting pot
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Protesters hold up logging operations

Protesters held up logging operations for three hours in Tasmania’s remote west in the first forestry conflict since the High Court shot down the state’s tough workplace protection laws. Source: ABC News Eight protesters gathered at a Sustainable Timber Tasmania (STT) logg
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New jobs and better times for Prime Sawmill

Between 50 and 60 new jobs will be created with the sale of Prime Sawmill to New Zealand owned Far East Sawmills recently. Source: Gisborne Herald A joint announcement by Activate Tairawhiti and Eastland Community Trust says jobs at the Matawhero site, which has been empty for the pas
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A Field trip to add to NSW RFA debate

NSW Greens MP Justin Field will be making a field trip to the Coffs Coast for a ‘forest to sea’ listening tour. The South Coast MP will be joining community groups which have called on the NSW Government’s planned extension of Regional Forest Agreements a crisis for
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Up Sheep Creek without help from KIPT

Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers (KIPT) will provide essential water to the Pennington Bay golf course development on Kangaroo Island. Source: KIPT Proponents of the Kangaroo Island Golf Links (KIGL) approached the timber company last year about using surplus water from the Sheep Cr
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AFG-IFA conference plans

The Australian Forest Growers (AFG) and the Institute of Foresters of Australia (IFA) will be having a joint Conference from 2-5 September. Source: Timberbiz The theme of the 2018 Conference – Forests for healthy cities, farms and people – speaks to the increasing importance of
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Solid year of TECH events

FIEA and Innovatek have planned yet another solid year of specialist events that have been designed to cater for almost every facet of forestry and timber industry. Source: Timberbiz The first cab off the rank will be WoodFlow (Harvesting – Wood Transport – Logistics 2018)
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