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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

VicForests high-energy efficiency presentation tomorrow

Wood and the use of renewable energy for high-energy efficiency buildings is the title of the presentation to be given by David Coote tomorrow evening at VicForests in Bourke Street, Melbourne. Source: Timberbiz
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Gunn’s confirms Portland sale

Australian Bluegum Plantations and Gunns Limited have entered into an agreement for the Portland woodchip export facility, with Gunns to receive $61.8 million for the transaction. Source: Timberbiz, AAP
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Genes may hold the secret to forest survival

ZOOM IN - way in - from the macro view of B.C.’s vast forests, right down to the micro level where researchers are looking into genes that could lead to improved forest health, productivity and economic opportunities. Source: Heather Amos, University of British Columbia
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Biomass pellets becoming a hot commodity in Europe

Chatham-based Canadian Biofuel is generating a lot of heat on the foreign market. The Ontario company has signed a five-year $36 million contract with Italy’s Green Dot Biomass Energy Company Inc. to export wood pellets. Source: Mayerthorpe Freelancer
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High-tech timber industry gears up for world conference

Superior disaster resilience of new high tech engineered timber products are being touted at a world timber conference being held Auckland next week. Source: NZ Herald
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NZIF Forester of the Year

The New Zealand Institute of Forestry Forester of the Year Award for 2012 was presented to Mr Brett Gilmore, a Registered Forester from Napier at the Institute’s annual conference in Christchurch last week. Source: Timberbiz
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Applications open for 2013 Gottstein Trust awards

The Joseph William Gottstein Memorial Trust invites applications for Gottstein Fellowships and Gottstein Industry Awards. Source: Timberbiz
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MP pleads for bigger focus on timber ‘dumping’

Federal Liberal MP Dan Tehan is urging the Government to prevent the dumping of cheap housing timber onto the Australian market. Source: ABC
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Forestry peace deal ‘alive’

The Tasmanian Premier, Lara Giddings, has dismissed a former Tasmanian leader's claim the state's forestry peace deal is dead. Source: ABC
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