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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

New Forests acquires 156,000 acres in US

New Forests Pty Limited has disclosed the acquisition of the 156,000-acre Hilt-Siskiyou Forest, a mixed-conifer forest along the California and Oregon border, from the Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS) alongside an institutional investor client. Source: SWFI Fruit Growers Supply Comp
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Fonterra switches another plant to wood biomas

New Zealand Minister for Energy and Resources Hon Dr Megan Woods officially opened Fonterra’s new wood pellet boiler at its Te Awamutu plant, and the Co-operative announced details for its next site to exit coal – the Stirling cheese plant in Otago. Source: Timberbiz Otago’s ‘fantasti
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Diversity Action Plan to deliver Tasmanian forestry more scope

The Tasmanian Forests and Forest Products Network (TFFPN) will deliver a Diversity Action Plan for the forest industry which aims to increase the gender and cultural diversity of the workforce. Source: Timberbiz The project was a key commitment in the Tasmanian Liberal Government’s Fi
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Boral agrees to sell its timber business to Pentarch

Boral Limited has entered into an agreement with Allied Natural Wood Enterprises Pty Limited (Pentarch Group) to sell its Australian hardwood and softwood timber business for $64.5 million. Source: Timberbiz The purchase includes Boral’s nine sawmills in NSW, making Pentarch the large
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TimberLex portal describes forest laws around the world

The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has launched a new online portal providing information on forest-related laws around the world in order to help promote legal forest management, timber production and trade, and contribute to efforts to make forest reso
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Wooden batteries facility starts up

Stora Enso’s pilot facility for producing bio-based carbon materials from lignin has started operations. This follows the company’s EUR 10 million investment announced in 2019. Pilot production of Lignode, wood-based carbon for batteries, is currently being ramped up. Source: Timberbi
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Sending orchard-origin stands to seed

Forestry England is converting orchard-origin stands of 12,000 Scots pine in Kings Forest, Suffolk, to secure high-quality seeds to meet tree planting targets over the coming years. The stands of thirteen-year-old trees cover 10 hectares and have been grown from original orchard seed
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Stop the Chop NZ campaign to protect urban forests

A new campaign to stop the cutting down of mature trees in New Zealand’s cities has launched. Kiwis have until 4 August to make an urgent Stop The Chop submission to ask the government to include protection of the urban forests in their newly proposed legislation so as to prevent tree
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Two SA projects to manage pests and weeds in rural areas

The Australian Government is providing $740,000 to South Australia (SA) for two projects to improve the management of priority pest species for SA farmers, land managers and the environment, through a Federation Funding Agreement with states and territories as part of the $30.3 millio
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