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Latest timber industry news, updated Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Vietnam’s rapidly expanding plantation resources becoming important supply source

VIETNAM IS NOW one of the most important suppliers of plantation eucalyptus and acacia wood chips to the pulp industry in both Japan and China. The country has expanded shipments gradually over the past six years and is now the world’s fourth largest hardwood chip exporter, according
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Australian timber industry consolidates and improves systems to verify legally harvested wood

AUSTRALIAN TIMBER and forest-based product industries are starting a project to consolidate and improve systems to verify that the wood they import and use is sourced from legal forest operations.
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International sawing technologies to be unveiled

FOR SAWMILLERS there’s no denying the fact that it’s tough out there. Current market prices, reduced demand for wood products and rising raw material costs mean that sawmillers are demanding more from themselves, more from their operations and more from their technology suppliers.
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New Green Star assessment framework supports best practice timber use in buildings

THE GREEN Building Council of Australia (GBCA) has released its new Assessment Framework for Forest Management Certification Schemes, as part of its ongoing review of the Green Star environmental rating tools for buildings.
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International Pulpwood Conference in Brazil

THE NEXT International Pulpwood Conference ("Global Wood Fibre Trade - Woodchips and Biomass") will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil, during mid-March 2010.
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Rubbish problem mounts in some forests

ASBESTOS ILLEGALLY dumped at three locations in State forests in northern Tasmania in recent months is posing a potential threat to humans and wildlife.
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Kimberley Timber retreats from MIS sector in wake of collapses

A FORESTRY manager has withdrawn its managed investment scheme (MIS) from the market due to the recent adverse publicity about the sector, according to John Wilkinson, writing for Money Management.
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Gottstein Trust applications for 2010 awards

Applications are currently being called for the highly-prestigious Gottstein Memorial Trust Fellowships and Awards. The closing date for applications is 11 September.
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Workshops to help you survive in this tough climate

TIMBER QUEENSLAND has always been noted as ensuring its members are kept up to date, especially during the current economic downturn. To this end, it is promoting a series of workshops that could help make the difference.
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