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AFPA calls for 400,000 hectares of trees to be planted

Changes to the National Construction Code (NCC) will create expanded opportunities for designers, developers and builders to develop innovative mid-rise timber buildings. However, this positive development again reinforces the need for focus on future timber supply and getting more tr
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Bushfire battled in Nelson but forest saved

As firefighters battle a blaze in New Zealand’s Nelson-Tasman region which has seen about 170 homes evacuated and a state of emergency declared, another fire broke out on Rabbit Island, across from Nelson Airport. Source: Stuff NZ The Rabbit Island fire “came out of the blueR
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Tasmanian bushfires – an immense impact on forestry

The bushfires in Tasmania are having a big impact on the state’s private forestry industry, with tens of thousands of hectares burnt. Private Forests Tasmania (PFT) said that as of February 5, a total of 35,325 hectares of the private forest estate had been burnt in the fires. Source:
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NY’s DEC celebrates 11 years of certification

New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Commissioner Basil Seggos announced that DEC has achieved 11 consecutive years of dual forest certification for more than 780,000 acres of State Forests under the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) and Forest Stewardship
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New Gen Husqvarna chainsaws

Husqvarna has released the next generation of 50cc chainsaws for professional loggers and arborists, the Husqvarna 550 XP Mark II and the 545 Mark II. The chainsaws are redesigned from scratch, resulting in a new level of cutting capacity, maneuverability and endurance, making them id
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Independent review shows risk fraud for Wales timber agency

An independent review into how Natural Resources Wales handled timber contracts has found “serious failings”. Auditors Grant Thornton found problems were so bad they “heightened exposure to the risk of fraud”.  The agency – responsible for publicly-owned
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Sunshine Coast aged care facility specifies T2 timber framing

Australian construction company, Living Choice has elected to use Hyne Timber’s termite resistant T2 Blue framing for its latest multi-residential aged care project on the Sunshine Coast. Living Choice project manager, Warren Danter said this latest project with a large, complex roof
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New COO for Tasman Pine Forests

Steve Chandler has been appointed to the position of chief operating officer for Tasman Pine Forests. He has a long history of working in New Zealand forestry starting with a Bachelor of Forestry Science from the University of Canterbury. Source: Timberbiz Mr Chandler has been a fores
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Angling for a stop to pine plantations

A national trout and rivers advocacy group has raised concerns about the adverse impacts by pine forest monoculture on rivers, streams and ecosystems. The NZ Federation of Freshwater Anglers (NZFFA) has issued a statement about the high country spread of pine seedlings known as wildin
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