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Federal Court decision on VicForests must be clarified – ramifications are too wide ranging

Urgent clarification is being sought following this week’s Federal Court decision, which found VicForests had not followed what appear to be conflicting Federal and State Government rules to protect endangered species. Industry bodies want the State and Federal governments to urgently
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Opinion: Anssi Pekkarinen – continuing struggle to preserve earth’s forest cover

The latest snapshot of the world’s forests shows that we are still struggling to meet a fundamental challenge – to make use of our forests while keeping them healthy for the benefit of us all.  The 2020 edition of the Global Forest Resources Assessment, compiled with information from
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Friday Analysis: Charities do not invade, or encourage illegal behaviour

It’s hard not to applaud Liberal Senator Claire Chandler’s call for the Bob Brown Foundation’s charity status to be revoked. What has irked the Tasmanian Senator is the foundation’s online funding page which seeks tax-deductible donations for its activism. This, she says, should be th
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Log Brokers Bill condemned as a Trojan horse

Federated Farmers and the Forest Owners Association in New Zealand are joining forces to condemn the Log Brokers Bill as a Trojan horse to potentially force farmers and foresters to subsidise local processing industries from reduced export earnings. The unwarranted rush over the Fores
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UPM will double broadleaved trees in its forests

UPM has newly adopted the target of doubling the number of broadleaved trees growing in company-owned forests in Finland. In the light of current research data, increasing the proportion of broadleaved trees improves the forest’s growth and yield as well as its species diversity and r
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New board of directors for Woodworks

WoodWorks – Wood Products Council US has announced its 2020-21 board of directors, including two new members representing the architectural and engineering communities. A non-profit staffed with architects, structural engineers, and construction experts, WoodWorks provides education a
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First wooden wind tower erected in Sweden

The first wooden wind power tower has been erected in Sweden and is now ready to go in Björkö outside Gothenburg. The tower is 30 meters high and was erected by the Modvion. The wood construction is as strong as steel and makes the wind turbine climate neutral from the start. Source:
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AFPA backs MBA after dire forecast

The Australian Forest Products Association has backed Master Builders Australia’s Action Plan which calls for a raft of comprehensive economic stimulus measures from all levels of government to encourage new housing construction. Source: Timberbiz MBA’s Action Plan supports AFPA’s cal
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Bago and Maragle State Forest reopen for essential forestry

Following extensive work by Forestry Corporation of NSW and contractors, Bago and Maragle State Forests have reopened for essential forest use. This excludes activities still prohibited due to COVID19 restrictions such as camping,picnicking, fossicking and hunting. Source: Timberbiz R
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