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Latest timber industry news, updated on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Australia’s forestry labour force at a glance

A breakdown of forestry in Australian states shows how things have changed in the past few years with employment figures ranging from more than 21,000 in New South Wales to around only 1000 in the ACT. Tasmania has seen the largest drop in employment in forestry. Source: Australia’s f
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Pocketbook on forests and timber plantations

The Australian Bureau of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Sciences (ABARES) has released a new edition of ‘Australian forests at a glance 2012’. This pocketbook compendium has data and information about Australia’s native forests and timber plantations. Source: Timberbiz
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Breakfast with plenty of ‘meet’

The Frame & Truss Manufacturers Association (FTMA) has turned its hand to serving breakfast with a menu chock-a-block with food and information to keep its members satisfied. The event will be run concurrently with the FTMA’s annual general meeting. Source: Timberbiz
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Industry downturn claims a logger’s favourite

“As the forestry industry keeps spiralling downward due to issues outside of our control, many people involved in all facets of our industry will find themselves with some time on their hands and a new career being sought. One such person is Col Shipard, a long time servant of the har
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US pilot plant for wood material stronger than Kevlar

The Forest Products Laboratory of the US Forest Service has opened a $1.66 million (US$1.7 million) pilot plant for the production of cellulose nanocrystals (CNC) from wood by-products materials such as wood chips and sawdust. Prepared properly CNCs are stronger and stiffer than Kevla
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South African Arbor Week

The Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries (DAFF) in South Africa launched Arbor Week with the theme, "Our Forests - Our Future”. South Africa will be celebrating Arbor Week from 1-7 September to raise awareness about the importance and value of trees. Source: Timberbiz
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CSIRO study says forestry may benefit from carbon farming

A study conducted by researchers from CSIRO and the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) suggests industrial plantation forestry could potentially contribute towards Australia’s national target of reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) if a carbon price is in place. Source: Sci
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Forestry projects quit by Origin

Origin Energy has quit $133 million worth of options for forestry projects in Australia amid fears that the price of carbon will plunge, according to The Australian Financial Review. Abandoning plans for a carbon price floor could make it cheaper to buy carbon units. Sources: Austral
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Greenfleet welcomes EU carbon link

Australian carbon offset organisation Greenfleet welcomed the announcement to remove the floor price and link Australia’s emissions trading scheme (ETS) with the European Union (EU) ETS. Source: Timberbiz
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