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China imports $9 billion worth of logs and lumber

China imported logs and lumber for a record US$9 billion in 2013, with North America, Russia and New Zealand being the major suppliers reports the Wood Resource Quarterly. Sources: Farming UK, Wood Resource Quarterly
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Leadbeaters versus VicForests

In the next few weeks the Victorian State Government will make a decision that is likely to seal the fates of leadbeater’s possums and Victoria’s native forest timber industry. Source: The Herald Sun
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Gippsland pushes for a school in forestry education

Wellington Shire Council in Gippsland has asked its chief executive officer David Morcom to prepare a report into the feasibility of establishing a school of timber and forestry education precinct within the shire. Source: The Gippsland Times and Maffra Spectator
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Exports may force mill closure

With restructuring expected in the timber industry in the Nelson region as log exports bypass local sawmills, Grant Russ is on the verge of deciding to close his Appleby sawmill because he can't get logs. Sources: Fairfax NZ News, Stuff NZ
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Nelson logs bypass sawmills

Restructuring is expected in the timber industry in the Nelson region as log exports bypass local sawmills. Sources: The Marlborough Express, Fairfax NZ News, Stuff NZ
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APP back into the Australian paper good books

Asian Pulp and Paper (APP) is making a comeback in the Australian print market, but still has a way to go before it convinces its former customers to do business again. Source: ProPrint
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NZ’s new injury prevention program

The Accident Compensation Corporation (ACC) in New Zealand announced that work has begun developing a new injury prevention program aimed at encouraging safer practices in the forestry sector. Source: Voxy
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More OH&S prosecutions likely in NZ

More prosecutions of forestry operators for health and safety law breaches are likely in New Zealand. Source: New Zealand Herald.
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Report confirms forestry in Australia has suffered

The forestry industry in Australia has suffered over the past five years with the collapse of managed investment schemes and the exits of several major players according to a new IBISWorld report. Source: Timberbiz
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