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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

KiwiRail adds wagons to transport 45,000 tonnes of logs

KiwiRail’s additional log wagons on freight trains to Port Taranaki will avoid the need for 2700 truck trips on the regions roads, according to KiwiRail Group Chief Executive Greg Miller. Six log wagons have been added to the daily freight service between Whanganui and New Plymo
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RDO equipment gets behind AUSTimber 2020

Former Australian Forest Contractors Association (AFCA) chair and director Ian Reid is supporting new John Deere construction and forestry equipment dealer, RDO Equipment, which he says should be congratulated for its investment in the market and AUSTimber 2020. Source: Timberbiz RDO
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Victorian opposition opens community consultation in Gippsland

Young people in Gippsland came together last week for a regional symposium on the future of our forests. Organised by Shadow Assistant Minister for Public Land and The Nationals Member for Eastern Victoria Region, Melina Bath, the day was an opportunity for young Gippslanders to have
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Timber cladding regs to have detrimental impact

A recent regulatory decision regarding the use of timber cladding on three-storey apartments will have a detrimental impact on the local wood products industry according to Boris Iskra from Technical Promotion & Consulting Solutions. Source: Timberbiz He said that following the de
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The Scottish Climate Change Act is tough, and includes forestry

The Scottish Government has hailed the new Scottish Climate Change Act as the ‘toughest climate change laws in the world’. During the debate on the Act, which passed recently, the interim target to reduce emissions was increased to an ambitious 75% of 1990 levels by 2030. Source: Timb
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London Design Fair a showcase of Swedish wood

The London Design Fair which was on from 18–22 September, saw Swedish designers showcase their designs in a temple-like Swedish pavilion clad in factory-finished white oiled Swedish pine. The pavilion was the work of architectural practice Förstberg Ling, in collaboration with Svensk
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New felling heads from John Deere

John Deere has announced the addition of the FS50/FR50 Felling Heads to its felling head line-up. The new felling heads are compatible with the 800M- and 900M-Series Tracked Feller Bunchers and feature in 30-degree and 310-degree wrist configurations respectively. Source: Timberbiz “W
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Scion and PF Olsen selecting the right forest for Hawke’s Bay

Scion, in collaboration with PF Olsen, is working with the Hawke’s Bay Regional Council to identify where forests could fit into the regional landscape. This project is a ‘real life’ application of Scion’s strategy ‘Right tree, right place, right purpose’ promoting an approach that wo
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4.5 million seeds start to deliver for Australian homes

More than 4.5 million radiata pine (Pinus radiata) seeds have started the first steps in a process that will ultimately deliver the building blocks of Australia’s homes in three decades. The tiny pine seeds started stratification, which is the first part of the 8-11 month growing proc
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