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Latest timber industry news, updated on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Residential construction down in December

Preliminary ABS figures indicate that the recovery in residential construction activity took a backwards step in the December quarter of 2013 according to the Housing Industry Association. Source: Timberbiz
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Study says biomass reduction lessens bushfire risk and costs

A new study confirms that removing fuel from our bush can massively reduce the economic costs from bushfires. Source: Timberbiz
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First short rotation plantation earns certification

The GreenWood Tree Farm Fund (GTFF) in the US has become the first short rotation forest plantation worldwide to earn certification under the Roundtable on Sustainable Biomaterials (RSB). Source: PR News Wire
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Illegal logging continues to thrive in Lao

Illegal logging has topped a list of Lao's fraud or economic-related cases for 2013 according to state-run daily Vientiane Times. Source: Shanghai Daily
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Agroforestry in India

More than 1000 delegates from 80 countries gathered in February for the World Congress of Agroforestry held in New Delhi, India. Source: The Guardian
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National Parks Association critical of MP’s forestry claims

Conservationists have rejected claims from a north coast MP that National Parks do not create monetary benefit for the North Coast. Source: ABC News
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Massive timber construction the next big thing

Massive Timber Construction” could very well become a key part of the future of sustainable building according to Rod Bligh of Bligh Tanner Consulting Engineers in New Zealand. Source: Sourceable
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WoodSmart construction series

The WoodSmart Construction Series seminar will be held in Wellington, New Zealand on 18 March 2014. Source: Timberbiz
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SA roadmap for timber industry needs support

A regional timber union boss has called for bipartisan support for government investment into the forestry sector following the release of a ground-breaking draft roadmap. Source: The Border Watch
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