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Call for NZ foresters to vote on levy order

The chair of the Forest Growers Levy Trust in New Zealand, Geoff Thompson, says a positive vote in the current levy referendum is vital to maintain the support of government funding for the industry. Forest owners are currently voting whether to renew the Commodity Levies Act Order wh
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SA survey report on improving road transport for forestry

A new report form the South Australian State Government has recognised the road transport issues and driver training needs for forestry in the state, including on Kangaroo Island. Kangaroo Island Plantation Timbers and Kangaroo Island Council both made submissions to the survey, the r
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Minister D’Ambrosio’s radical approach to forestry carbon credits

Victoria’s native forest industry would be closed to generate carbon credits under the Victorian Regional Forest Agreements in a proposal pushed by the state’s Minister for Environment and Climate Change, Lily D’Ambrosio. The potential move has been strongly criticised as misunderstan
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Denmark among the treetops

Denmark has been waiting for two years for its forest tower but it has been worth the wait as the Camp Adventure Park now has a 900-meter treetop walk connected to a 45-metre tall observation tower that creates the opportunity to take a walk above the treetops and experience the stunn
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Svenkska Cellulose buys Latvian forest

Svenska Cellulose (SCA) is one of Europe’s largest private forest holding companies and it has acquired Latvian Forest company’s forest and land assets in Latvia, in total 10 000 hectares for €26,2 million. The Latvian Forest Company owns and runs a number of forest holdings in Latvia
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Go well, go green says Shell and buy forests

Dutch company Shell has announced a program to invest US$300 million over the next three years in natural ecosystems as part of its strategy to act on global climate change, including addressing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions generated by customers when using its products. This  plan
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Makeover for Cobark Lookout

Cobark Lookout at Barrington Tops State Forest in New South Wales has had a makeover, offering visitors architect-designed facilities and a world class view. The lookout is the first stop for visitors on their way across the Barrington Tops from Gloucester, so was a great candidate fo
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Biggest beech mast in 40 years in NZ

Monitoring by the New Zealand Department of Conservation (DOC) has confirmed the predicted mega mast or heavy seeding in New Zealand’s forests this autumn. Results from extensive seed sampling across the country in February and March point to the biggest beech mast for more than 40 ye
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FSC new trademark guide and new directors needed

FSC International has developed a new guide to assist promotional trademark license holders on how to use the FSC trademarks to promote FSC certified products and related services. The guide aims to provide straightforward, simple advice and is effective from 1 June 2019, and can be u
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