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Latest timber industry news, updated Thursdays.

Solomon Island logged to unsustainable levels

The forests of the Solomon Islands forests have been logged to unsustainable levels, according to the Permanent Secretary of Forestry and Research. Source: Solomon Islands Broadcasting Corporation Speaking to SIBC News Vaeno Vigulu said the country’s forests had suffered due to the ma
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Crackdown on imported wooden furniture

The Australian Government is being urged to check wooden furniture imported from Vietnam, after the discovery of a massive illegal logging operation. Source: ABC News Investigators say logs from national parks in Cambodia are being smuggled across the border to Vietnam, where they are
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Trees for Mums on Mother’s Day

Since 2002 when Trees for Mum was created, more than 30,000 sons and daughters have planted trees for their mums, mostly as a tribute to mums who have passed away. Source: Timberbiz Thanks to Trees for Mum’s partnership with Landcare Australia, even more people will have the opportuni
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EPA terminates authority to log after illegal clearing

A Collombatti property owner who cleared a native forest to make way for a limegrass and chili garden has had their authority to log a private native forest terminated by the NSW Environment Protection Authority. The EPA investigated the land owner, the holder of a private native fore
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Disease threat to NZ industry

A disease that is devastating trees in Europe and the western United States would be a major threat to New Zealand plantations and ornamental trees, should it ever arrive, according to Forest Owners’ Association biosecurity manager Bill Dyck. Sources: New Zealand Herald, Northla
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Quintis shares plunge

Shares in troubled sandalwood grower and plantation manager Quintis Ltd have plunged 35% to a multi-year low of 70 cents after the company conceded its Santalis operating subsidiary had lost a pharmaceutical grade sandalwood-oil supply contract. Source: Motley Fool It has been acknowl
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Why no fanfare for MAC

The influential Ministerial Advisory Council (MAC) on Forestry has delivered its growth strategy for the industry to the Tasmanian Government — highlighting the growth in private plantation resources, and reinforcing the industry’s future as one led by the private sector. Source
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Building approvals cycling down

Building approvals data for March 2017, released by the ABS indicate that residential building is set to slow, according to the Housing Industry Association (HIA). Source: Timberbiz HIA Acting Chief Economist Warwick Temby said: “the 13% decline in new dwelling approvals during March
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Jobs go begging in NZ forestry

A global demand for logs and competition for workers in primary industries have left Northland with an acute shortage of labourers in the forestry sector- a situation that may delay planting and harvesting of trees. Sources: New Zealand Herald, Northern Advocate At least 50 workers to
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